One’s trash is another’s treasure – the annual free-cycling event, SCORE! will return to Augustana on Oct. 27 during Sustainability Awareness Week (SAW) in the Forum from 1 – 4 p.m.
Geordie Nelson, Augustana chapel assistant and organizer of SCORE! said that the event is about more than just getting free stuff. “It’s about creating a different culture and helping reduce the stigma of poverty. It’s about sharing and realizing that there’s more than enough for everybody,” said Nelson.
Augustana’s first SCORE! event was held in 2010 and was organized by Carmelle Mohr, an Augustana alumni who was inspired by similar events that originated in Brooklyn. SCORE! has a component of environmental sustainability. “It diverts all the stuff from the landfill. It’s about upcycling and using things better,” said Nelson.
Nelson said that SCORE! is about creating a community where items that could be valueless become valuable.
Nelson said that students should participate in SCORE! because students are economically disadvantaged and “we all love getting free stuff.”
“It’s an annual event, and lots of the good stuff goes fast—you don’t want to miss out. There’s always really cool things,” said Nelson.
Nelson said that they are still looking for volunteers for the event. “It’s good if you want to learn more about event planning or want to volunteer to help raise funds for Sahakarini.”
SCORE! drop-off day is Oct. 26 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. This year’s donations will go to the local NGO Sahakarini, who work on development projects internationally to help the poorest of the poor. For more information, stay tuned, the SCORE! Facebook page is coming soon.