Public Invited to Surplus Property Sale, Fundraiser July 25

Contact: Michelle Martin, 581-3091ORONO — The University of Maine’s Bodwell Center for Service and Volunteerism and the Department of Auxiliary Services are teaming up to offer a third surplus property yard sale, on July 25, to raise money to fund the newly opened Black Bear Exchange, an informal food pantry and clothing store on campus.

Items to be sold include various household items abandoned in May by departing students and office, residence hall furniture that’s been replaced and also “gently used” clothing, according to Michelle Martin of the Bodwell Center and Black Bear Exchange.

The sale at Stewart Commons on Hilltop Road will be from 8 a.m. to noon on Saturday, July 25. The public is invited.

Martin says the yard sale Saturday serves two purposes: to generate operating expenses for the food pantry, located in the former farm store behind Hitchner Hall, and to increase awareness of both the food pantry and the used clothing outlet, which is in need of a new permanent location. The food exchange is for members of UMaine’s and surrounding communities who are in need; its summer hours are Saturdays, 2-6 p.m., and Mondays, 8 a.m. to noon.