Visitors were lining up early Saturday at UW-Green Bay’s Residence Life complex for a chance at surplus dorm furniture offered to students, faculty and staff at no charge. Glenn Gray, director of Residence Life, says the first-of-its-kind event had furniture virtually flying out the door: “We really appreciate the tremendous interest our campus community has had in finding ways to reuse this 25-year-old furniture!” The 240 beds and 240 dressers from the four Walter and Lenfestey halls were claimed on the first day, and staff members quickly expanded the giveaway to include surplus pieces from two additional buildings. (Some Sunday visitors left disappointed, although a selection of desks remained available.) In all, approximately 750 pieces of furniture — 300 beds, 300 dressers and 150 desks — were spared from the landfill. At least some of the pieces were claimed by, or for, local charitable organizations.
Furniture Giveaway II?
With the permission of UVHI, the non-profit community organization that builds and furnishes the dorms, it’s possible another “furniture-adoption” event will be scheduled in the near future. Glenn Gray of Residence Life says staff members are currently re-evaluating the inventory of surplus or soon-to-be-replaced furniture. We’ll keep you posted.