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Sunday, February 17,2013

Program lets departing students give back to Athens community

As Ohio University students prepare to move out this spring, they now have a new way to give back to the Athens community.

ReUse Industries, an Athens-based non-profit organization, has launched Make Move-Out Matter (MMM) with 27 partner organizations in order to turn materials donated by students during move-out into financial support for non-profit groups serving the Athens community, according to a news release.

MMM gives students the power to make their move-out matter by providing a way for them to designate a local non-profit to receive a portion of the proceeds earned by selling their donated items. Through MMM, the release said students can support the local causes that matter most to them, including youth development, the arts, economic development, sustainability, waste reduction, health care, peace and justice, and programs that help people and families meet basic needs.

According to the release, MMM is a pilot program in 2013 that requires students to make donation pledges by March 30, with free donation pick-ups to be scheduled leading up to move-out at the end of April.  Student donors and student organizations that recruit donors can select one of the MMM partners to receive proceeds. Additionally, the release said community volunteers who help with MMM can turn their volunteer hours into proceeds for the MMM partner of their choice.

Financial contributions from local residents and businesses will be used to cover the costs of MMM and make more proceeds available for MMM partners. The release said, so far, MMM sponsors include Avalanche Pizza, Casa Nueva, O'Betty's and the Union Street Market. Additional sponsors are being sought.

Information about how students, student organizations, volunteers and financial contributors can get involved in MMM can be found at


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