VOLUNTEER. DONATE. LIVE SUSTAINABLY.
Ytoss is the YMCA at Virginia Tech's largest sustainability initiative. Each year, volunteers collect gently-used items during student move-out and make them available for sale during student move-in on Virginia Tech's campus. Profits support the YMCA Student Programs.
Since its inception in 2006, together with our partners and sponsors Ytoss has:
- Diverted more than 90 tons of gently used household items from the waste stream
- Engaged over 1200 community volunteers in service to students and families
- Generated over $50,000 to support student-led programs that nurture the potential of youth and teens, improve the health and well-being of individuals and families, and inspire social responsibility throughout the New River Valley.
- Contributed to Virginia Tech’s ranking as a Sliver member of the Association of the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education in 2008.
Ytoss Collection 2014 was held on Virginia Tech’s campus May 9th – 15th and at BCR properties May 17th & 18th, and in July 31st – Aug. 1st. Over 16,000 lbs of material were collected! Including graduation caps and gowns – a new addition to the Ytoss program.
The 2014 Ytoss Sale will be held in Virginia Tech’s McComas Hall August 20th & 21st – the Wednesday and Thursday of campus move-in. Like Ytoss on facebook to stay up to date, and call 540-231-3734 or email firstname.lastname@example.org with questions or to get involved!
WE WANT WHAT YOU’VE GOT!
Ytoss relies on of hundreds of dedicated volunteers each year and we thank you for your support! Follow the link below to sign up to volunteer with YTOSS 2014!
ON CAMPUS COLLECTION: May 9th – 15th
OFF CAMPUS COLLECTION:
BCR Properties: May 17th & 18th
**Check back here for more locations to come!
YTOSS SALE: Aug 18th – Aug 22nd, McComas Hall
Volunteers travelling from off-campus will be issued a parking pass. For specific parking guidelines, please visit the Virginia Tech Parking Services website. Be sure to make note of modified traffic patterns and unusual parking restrictions during move-out and move-in!
Ytoss accepts clean, gently used furniture, electronics, and clothing, including rugs, linens, hutches, mini-fridges and small appliances. Torn or soiled textiles and broken electronics will be recycled. We also collect non-perishable foods, laundry detergent, and cleaning supplies for local food banks. The only items we cannot accept ripped or soiled are mattresses and upholstered furniture. Also, we cannot accept broken plastic furniture and appliances unless they are made out of recyclable (#1-7) plastics. For detailed donation guidelines, visit our recycling page. Join the Ytoss Collection facebook event to pledge your support!
ON CAMPUS COLLECTION: MAY 9th – 15th
Even though on-campus collection is over, you can still bring donations to the YMCA Thrift Store, Monday-Saturday, 9AM – 6PM! Got a lot of stuff? Call 540-552-2633 to schedule a pick-up. Thanks for your support!
OFF CAMPUS COLLECTION: May 17th & 18th, July 31st & August 1st.
Ytoss thanks our partners at BCR Properties Management, Inc. for working with us to arrange Ytoss Collection days at their 1201 N. Main St. and 508 Center St. locations. For donors convenience, volunteers will be stationed on the properties from 11AM – 5PM on the dates listed above. Don’t live at either of these locations, or moving out sooner or later than our collection days? Just bring your items by the Thrift Store!
If you missed the Ytoss Sale – never fear! Stop by the YMCA Thrift Shops on 1000 N. Main St. in Blacksburg or at 7478 Lee Hwy in Radford to find great deals throughout the year. Be sure to Like the YMCA at Virginia Tech on facebook to stay up-to-date on monthly Thrift Shop sales and specials!
Continue the cycle of volunteerism and sustainability by shopping at, helping with, or donating to next year’s Ytoss! Volunteers and donors will receive coupons redeemable at the Ytoss Sale and the YMCA Thrift Shop. Like Ytoss on facebook to stay up-to-date and help promote Ytoss throughout the year.
During the school year, visit the YMCA's Thrift Shops in Blacksburg and Radford for all of your household needs. The YMCA Thrift Shops provide new life for thousands of tons of clothing, electronics, furniture, holiday items, and more – including the area’s largest selection of used books! We also recycle nearly 200 tons of batteries, broken electronics, and textiles for the community.
To learn more about sales, special events, recycling, and volunteer opportunities at the YMCA Thrift Shops, Like the YMCA at Virginia Tech on facebook, visit our web-page or call 540-552-2633.
WE’VE GOT WHAT YOU NEED!
Complete your apartment or residence hall room at unbeatable prices! We’ve got fans, lamps, desks, hutches, shelving, storage, chairs, mini-fridges and microwaves - even school supplies and fashion clothing. Visit the Ytoss Sale during move-in for all your back-to-school needs!
YTOSS SALE 2014:
Wednesday & Thursday
August 20th & 21st
McComas Hall Gym, 895 Washington St.
Join our Ytoss Sale facebook event to let us know you’re coming!
You can find FAQ’s, a sample price list, photos from last year’s sale, and more on our facebook page. If you still have questions about the Ytoss Sale, email email@example.com or call 540-231-3734 for more details.!
YTOSS THANKS OUR PARTNERS AND SPONSORS
Ytoss relies on the generous donors and sponsors to help fund our collection and sale. For details on what it takes to put together this huge event, check out our annual report.
Ytoss thanks our 2014 donors and sponsors for their support!
Virginia Tech Office of Energy and Sustainability/Coca-Cola Inc
BCR Property Management
Ytoss Leadership Team Alumni
Southern VA Properties
Freedom First Credit Union
Student Centers & Activities at Virginia Tech
The Town of Blacksburg
Natural Awakenings Magazine
Virginia Tech Recreational Sports
VT Division of Student Affairs
Virginia Tech Fleet Services
Virginia Tech Facilities Services
University City Blvd. Kroger, Co.
Christiansburg Kroger, Co.
Draper Rd. 7-11, Inc.
Click here for details on 2014 sponsorship.
Want to become a sponsor, yourself? View our Sponsorship Packet!