ISLA VISTA, Calif. - The Isla Vista community, normally full of thousands of college students, transitions back to a quieter setting this week following graduation ceremonies. That also comes with a big clean-up event.
Thousands of pounds of belongings that won't be going away with the students are being donated to the Isla Vista GIVE program to be sold this weekend in the parking lot of Embarcadero Hall, located at 935 Embarcadero Del Norte.
The event usually brings out hundreds of bargain hunters.
They are picking up desks, chairs, lamps, clothing, kitchenware, musical equipment, and bikes, along with an array of electrical items.
All of the items are organized in sections for easy viewing and pick up.
Years ago many of the items were left behind on the sidewalks creating mounds of trash and health concerns.
This program reduces waste and items going to the landfill.
The program is being coordinated through the office of student engagement and leadership.
UCSB graduate Erika Chan said, "this will be going to people who maybe don't have these necessary things or don't have access to this kind of furniture so we want to give back to the community."
A special crew is driving around looking for the best items.
Oswaldo Calvo was unloading the truck saying, "we drive around and we see something worth picking up, we pick it up and bring it back. "
The donations are inspected, and all of the electronics are tested including flat screen TV's, microwaves and computers.
Viviana Marsano is with UCSB student engagement & leadership and is the director of civic and community engagement. She is also an I.V. liaison and senior advisor to campus organizations. She said, "everything gets sorted cleaned, priced, sold and whatever is not sold is donated to the Goodwill."
One side of the parking lot will have furniture and the other will have clothing and a variety of items including kitchenware and bikes. "We have decorations, paintings, we have a sports section, we have rugs, we have bedding we have a. mountain of bedding, electronics , lamps everything you would want in a household," said Marsano.
UCSB graduate Alvin Chu says for those who think Isla Vista leftovers are all heavily used, "we have so much perfectly usable stuff all around here. If I had the space I would really want that myself but I don't have the space for it. "
He says it helps the environment to recycle or reuse items in good condition. "Just tossing stuff away goes like against everything we've learned so it doesn't make sense to do that."
A boutique area has brand new or hardly used items.
Marsano said, "these are all with price tags we get Nordstrom. We get Ross. We get you know, everything! "
All the money raised in the two day sale will go to Isla vista non-profits. That includes the Isla Vista Elementary school science camp, Isla Vista Parks and Recreation, Eco Vista, Isla Vista Initiatives Fund, St. George Youth Center, Isla Vista Youth Projects, St. Michaels and All Angels church, along with the Optimist Club at Isla Vista and Breakfast Club of Goleta.
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