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Moving Service Assists Johns Hopkins University with Eco-Friendly Fundraiser Benefitting United Way

Fort Smith, Arkansas (April 14, 2010) —

Johns Hopkins University has a vision of sustainability. They also have big-hearted students moving out of dorms with a lot of stuff they no longer want. Since ABF U-Pack Moving service likes to help out with a worthy cause and United Way is one of the most admirable, all have teamed up for an effort called JH-U-Turn that launches April 19th, 2010. It is an idea that's responsible, sensible, creative, eco-friendly and generous.

Each year, when students move out of dorms, they throw away a lot of trash that could be someone else's treasure. In keeping with their sustainability goals, Johns Hopkins decided to turn that trash to cash and donate it to the Johns Hopkins University Neighborhood Fund, part of a United Way campaign. The fund provides grant money to non-profit organizations that operate in the communities surrounding the university. Once Johns Hopkins and the United Way decided to move forward with the program they asked ABF U-Pack Moving service to help out.

JH-U-Turn is designed to help reduce waste by asking students to donate their unwanted items at the end of the school year including clothing, furniture, books, electronics and household goods. Donations will be placed inside ABF U-Pack Moving boxes placed in every dorm.

Donated items will then be gathered into ReloCube moving containers, one of U-Pack's moving options. These large metal moving containers fit in a standard parking space. They are perfectly suited for collecting donated items since they are lockable and storable. The program was patterned after an existing program at Dickinson College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania which also utilizes U-Pack equipment donated by the moving service. Large items, or items donated by faculty or staff, will be placed directly into the outdoor ReloCubes placed strategically in and around campus. An ABF trailer will be placed on campus as well for final collection and transport.

Collection will begin in April 19th and will continue through the end of May. All items donated will then get a second chance at being useful when they are sold at bargain basement prices at the JH-U-Turn sale on June 12th, 2010.The sale will be held in the Ralph S. O'Conner Recreation Center on campus and is open to the public. Limited free parking will be available. 100% of the proceeds from the sale will benefit the Johns Hopkins University’s Neighborhood Fund.

For more information on JH-U-Turn contact Carrie Bennett liaison@jhu.edu
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Kay Lynn Clay
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