STEP Trash 2 Treasure logo 2019

WILLIAMSPORT -- Pennsylvania College of Technology, Lycoming College and KVS Computers are teaming up with STEP for the Trash 2 Treasure sale on May 18, 2019. The event benefits the community, the STEP Early Learning Endowment Fund and the environment.

As students at both Pennsylvania College of Technology and Lycoming wrap up their Spring 2019 semesters and work on clearing out dorms and apartments, they will have the opportunity to donate to the Trash 2 Treasure sale. Additionally, STEP will be appealing to staff, volunteers and the community to clean out their houses and garages to support the event.

The result of student and community donations is typically a huge selection of gently used items, including clothing, furniture, small appliances, carpet remnants, kitchen items, sporting equipment, electronics, games, videos, toys, artwork, and much more. Dawn and Sam Astin, of American Rescue Workers, will be using their auction expertise to select and highlight some higher value items from the donated goods. ARW will also receive any items left after the sale.

All proceeds from the sale will be used to create the STEP Early Learning Endowment. Currently, STEP’s Early Learning Pathway contains Head Start, Early Head Start, other early education programs, and the Region 7 Early Learning Resource Center (ELRC). Head Start and Early Head Start provide free early education experiences from prenatal until kindergarten entry. ELRC serves families seeking child care and child care providers, ultimately helping to make high-quality child care more accessible in Lycoming, Clinton, and Tioga counties. The endowment fund will provide a permanent source of funding that will grow over time and allow for strategic planning, resiliency, and innovative programming.

Donors and shoppers are encouraged to bring along unusable electronics -- but not televisions -- for recycling, provided by KVS Computers. Items accepted for recycling include phone equipment, audio and video recorders, desktop and laptop computers and accessories, smartphones, tablets and stereos. Along with televisions, items that will not be accepted for recycling include most household appliances (such as washers/dryers, refrigerators, vacuums, etc.).

"We are awed at the generosity of both colleges in providing donations, volunteers, facilities, and the knowledge gained from previous years’ sales, all to benefit STEP. This event will provide a chance for shoppers to find some great bargains, along with keeping tons of items out of the landfill, both through the sale and the electronic recycling provided by KVS Computers," said Jim Plankenhorn, STEP President & CEO.

Items can be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. May 14-16 at the PCT Fieldhouse.  The sale will be held on Saturday, May 18. Main sale hours are 8 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. Early Bird access can be obtained for $5/person at the door from 7 to 8 a.m.