Clean Sweep

Students, when you’re packing up for the summer and find things you no longer need – a comfy chair, a winter coat, a book or two – donate these items to Clean Sweep. We’ll reuse them and raise funds for local organizations.

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What is Clean Sweep?

Clean Sweep is a huge yard sale filled with items left behind by students and donated by the college and faculty/staff at the end of the year.

Every spring volunteers from local non-profit organizations help us collect truckloads of donated items from student residences (staff and faculty bring donations directly to the ice arena). We clean, organize, and price everything. Then we open the doors for a HUGE ONE DAY YARD SALE. All of the earnings go to participating local nonprofits. In 2013, Bates raised more than $16,000 for fourteen community organizations, proving one man’s trash is a community’s treasure.

When is the sale?

The sale is on Saturday, June 14 2014 from 8:00am to 3:00pm in the Underhill Arena at 145 Russell Street.

Where & when can I drop off donations?

We will be collecting items from May 21 through June 4:

ALL STUDENT RESIDENCES have Clean Sweep donation areas located in the common room. If you have items that are too big for this collection site or you’re currently off-campus, email Julie Rosenbach or call her at 207-786-8367 two days in advance to arrange a pick-up. It’s that easy!

FACULTY & STAFF can bring items from home to the back loading door of Underhill Arena (between 9am and 4pm). If your office or department has items to donate email Julie Rosenbach or call her at 786-8367 to arrange for a special pick up.

What can I donate?

ANYTHING IN GOOD, WORKING ORDER: Clothes, Rugs, Toys & sporting goods, Decorations, Furniture, Office supplies, Luggage, Books, CDs, DVDs, Household items, Cleaning supplies, Electronics, Kitchen items, Tools, and more…

How can my local non-profit organization participate?

While managed by the college, Clean Sweep is fully staffed by volunteers from local non-profit organizations, who then receive 100% of the proceeds. If your organization is interested in participating in the 2013 event, please fill out an application.

Application for local organizations (due Monday, April 28)

Get Involved –  become a Coordinator!

The Clean Sweep Coordinator is a full-time one month position (from the last week of short term through mid-June) which can count toward ES internship requirements. The coordinator works with with the Sustainability Manager to organize our Clean Sweep event from collecting donations to overseeing volunteers and organizing the logistics of sorting, cleaning, and pricing items for sale day. It’s challenging and fun!

Clean Sweep Coordinator position description
Clean Sweep Coordinator application form