It’s the end of the semester, and students are looking cockeyed at the sofas they were once so excited about with a new question in mind: “How in the world am I going to get this back home?”
The Butler University Resale Network, or B.U.R.N., has the answer: they aren’t.
The student group, started at the end of last year, takes furniture and other items that students often get rid of at the end of the semester and resells them, donating the profits to the Wheeler Mission Ministries, a local Indianapolis charity.
“The end of my freshman year, I noticed that people are just throwing [out] items that could be perfectly useable just because they have nowhere else to put them,” said Ryan Anderson, a junior biology and electronic journalism major who founded the group.
Anderson found, after a little research, that other colleges have groups that offer re-sales to raise money for charities.
“I thought we could implement this onto our campus,” Anderson said. “I asked a couple friends to get this group together.”
He said that the group hopes to expand upon last year’s efforts and this year the group expects more success due to more planning time.
Collection days for B.U.R.N. involve volunteers driving a pickup truck around campus and to off-campus student housing.
Specific times for pickup locations are published on the group’s Facebook page, “B.U.R.N. Collection Wheeler!!!”
Brendan McMahon, a senior music composition major, is moving next year and does not have space for the sofa he currently owns. He said he was planning on throwing it away or attempting to sell it.
After learning about B.U.R.N., however, he said he would consider donating the sofa.
“I know the Wheeler Mission,” he said. “It’s a good place and they probably need the money.”
If students have an item that they want picked up by B.U.R.N., or wish to volunteer for the group, Anderson said that they can email him at firstname.lastname@example.org.