Community Garage Sale Nets $2,000 for Campus Ministry

June 4, 2014  |  by Michael Freedman

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    Jay Stockslader, director of continuing education and VMI member, presents a check from the proceeds of '2 Good 2 Toss' to the Rev. John Gouldrick, C.M., associate vice president for mission.

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    '2 Good 2 Toss' organizers Bob Swanson, Jay Stockslader, Monica Saltarelli, Virginia Pasceri, Michele Smith and Beverly Junevic. Not pictured: Father John Gouldrick, C.M., Sharon Green, Mike Skowronski and John Spanbauer.

Niagara University’s end-of-year community garage sale has proven to be advantageous for a second straight year.

“2 Good 2 Toss,” a service project established in 2013 by members of NU’s Vincentian Mission Certificate program, kept materials out of landfills and raised $2,075 for the Office of Campus Ministry and the St. Vincent de Paul Society.

NU students (and employees) were encouraged to donate items that were clean and in good condition, rather than discard them or leave them behind in the rush to summer break. The materials were then sold during a community sale held May 15-16 in the Kiernan Center.

“We are thrilled that Niagara University and the community support this project,” noted co-chairs Jay Stockslader and Ginny Pasceri. “It’s a win-win-win situation. Our students are able to donate valuable items instead of throwing them out; the community wins because they see our Vincentian spirit in action; and Campus Ministry is blessed with the finances. We look forward to making this project even better in 2015.”

Members of the Vincentian Mission Certificate include:

  • Rev. John Gouldrick, C.M., facilitator
  • Sharon Green
  • Beverly Junevic
  • Virginia Pasceri
  • Monica Saltarelli
  • Mike Skowronski
  • Michele M. Smith
  • John Spanbauer
  • Jay Stockslader
  • Robert Swanson

Coach Rob McCoy and the NU men’s baseball team was also instrumental in carrying out the event.

The initiative raised nearly $1,500 last year.