What is Clean Sweep?
A huge yard sale filled with everything left behind by students at the end of the year and items donated by the college and faculty/staff.
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.
Here’s how it works: Each spring volunteers from local non-profit organizations collect truckloads of donated items from student residences (staff and faculty bring donations directly to the ice arena). They 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 community organizations, proving one man’s trash is a community’s treasure.
When is the sale?
This year (2014), the sale is on Saturday, June 14 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 and 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 by Tuesday, April 30, 2013.
Application for local organizations (due April 30)