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Lighten Up Garage Sale

Each year, Carleton's Center for Community and Civic Engagement (CCCE) partners with three local non-profit organizations — Project Friendship, Northfield Special Olympics, and the Northfield Union of Youth (“The Key”) — to organize the annual Lighten Up Garage Sale. In 2018, we raised $36,000 for these three non-profits.

At the end of each academic year, sites are set up across campus to collect unwanted items from students as they prepare to move out of the residence halls. A staggering number of items are collected each year. Although the sale provides a way to reuse these items instead of sending them to the landfill, it is also a sobering reminder of how much we consume.

Carleton encourages new and returning students to carefully consider what they truly need and to avoid buying or bringing extra items to campus.