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COVE Salvage

At the end of each academic year, COVE volunteers tour residence halls and apartments on campus to salvage unwanted and donated materials for local charitable organizations.
Volunteers loading donated furniture into a moving truck near campus apartments
Volunteers collect, sort, and organize items for local non-profits to “shop” — at no cost — for items needed to cover their core functions and services.

We are seeking help to move, sort and organize donations. Future job opportunities will be publicized at the end of March. All ability levels are welcome!


Last year, items included food, clothing, furniture, bedding, kitchen utensils, books, and toiletries. The 47 student, staff, and faculty volunteers combined to spend more than 470 hours collecting and sorting the items in Starr Hockey Rink for pickup by 30 non-profit organizations located throughout Central New York.

The estimated value of all salvaged items put into the hands of people who need them amounted to $30,000. The organizations we work with for this program report that the individuals they serve receive much-needed supplies to furnish transitional housing, provide warm clothing and bedding and educational materials, and stock the food pantry shelves for our neighbors.

Get Involved

To get involved in this project, contact the COVE at for more information. Near the end of the academic year, keep an eye out for how you can sign up as a volunteer!

All students, faculty, and staff are welcome to participate.