Reuse, recycle

Dave and Diane Faris

Volunteers Dave and Diane Faris, Des Moines, load several ISU dressers destined for families in a St. Anthony's School outreach program. Submitted photo.

About 45 dressers from Friley Hall, at the end of their normal use cycle but deemed not salable by ISU Surplus, were donated to nonprofit groups across central Iowa earlier this month.

The residence department, which repurposes items every year from its inventory, alerted ISU director of sustainability Merry Rankin, who contacted the Iowa DNR's waste exchange program. IWE's Shelly Codner put out the word with numerous nonprofit offices in the mid-section of the state. With the assistance of Two Men and a Truck, student workers and local volunteers, the dressers were loaded and delivered to four nonprofit service groups: St. Joseph Emergency Family Shelter and St. Anthony’s School Spanish immersion program in Des Moines; and the Bridge of Hope and La Luz Hispana ministries in Hampton.