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United Way partners with colleges for ‘Trash2Treasure’

Pennsylvania College of Technology and Lycoming College have teamed up to support Lycoming County United Way (LCUW), our community, and the environment through a ‘Trash 2 Treasure’ yard sale.

Central PA’s largest yard sale, ‘Trash 2 Treasure’ will take place on Saturday, May 12, in the Field House on the campus of Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport. The event is free and open to the public from 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. However, “early bird” customers can enter the sale at 7 a.m. for first choice of the merchandise for a donation of just $5 per person. New this year, a $1/bag special will begin at 12:00 noon.

“We are excited to bring this event to the community,” said Kate Pacacha, director of resource development and communications for LCUW. “We see it as an innovative way to not only raise funds for our program partners, but also to involve local college students in community service and provide valuable goods to our neighbors inexpensively. The added bonus is that literally tons of items such as clothing, furniture, books, and small appliances will not go into a landfill as a result of Trash 2 Treasure.”

Over the past few weeks, as students at both Pennsylvania College of Technology and Lycoming have completed their final exams and begun the process of moving out of their residence halls and apartments, they have generously donated items they no longer want to the ‘Trash 2 Treasure’ sale.

The result is a huge selection of gently-used items, including but not limited to: clothing, furniture, small appliances, carpet remnants, kitchen items, sporting equipment, electronics, games, videos, toys, artwork, and much more.

All proceeds from the sale will benefit Lycoming County United Way in support of its efforts to address critical human service needs such as nurturing our children, strengthening families, caring for people in crisis, supporting our seniors, and serving those with special needs. Any items remaining unsold at the end of the event will be donated to the American Rescue Workers, a United Way program partner.

“This is our eighth year hosting ‘Trash 2 Treasure’,” said Scott Lowery, executive director of LCUW. “We continue to be impressed by the enthusiasm of the Penn College and Lycoming College
communities. Students at both campuses have been extremely generous and we are grateful that the items they didn’t want to move would not just be thrown away. The colleges’ faculty and staff have also been very supportive, donating items for the sale and volunteering to help with the event.”

The first seven ‘Trash 2 Treasure’ sales have raised more than $21,000 for LCUW.

“Trash 2 Treasure is an event that provides the local college students a way to give back to the community where they spend such a large part of the year,” added Pacacha. “Not only does the sale
benefit United Way, but it is a great opportunity for bargain hunters to find some real deals.”

In addition to the colleges, Trash 2 Treasure is made possible with support from media partners Backyard Broadcasting and WNEP-TV.

For directions to the event and a map of the Pennsylvania College of Technology Campus, visit


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