University Wide Garage Sale to benefit AU students and surrounding community

University Wide Garage SaleBy Kris Johnson, Director of Student Leadership

Aurora University has been addressing issues of poverty through academic and co-curricular programs as it is seeks to transform both the individual and their community by connecting learning to a sense of social responsibility. This year, students in the second tier of the Leadership Education And Development (LEAD) program will embark on a new social change project that will benefit both AU students and the surrounding community.

The first ever University Wide Garage Sale will take place on Saturday, April 13 from 9:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. at 740 W. Prairie Street in Aurora. The event is open to the public.

To prepare for the sale, AU students, faculty and staff have been encouraged to do some spring cleaning and donate items that can be sold at this event. Donation boxes are located throughout campus, including the Dunham Hall Atrium, Spartan Spot, ICE Lobby, first floor of Eckhart Hall and first floor of Alumni Hall. In addition to individual contributions, Sodexo has donated dishes and glasses, and the university will be donating desks, bookshelves and filing cabinets.

All proceeds from the garage sale will benefit Aurora University students experiencing financial difficulties through Franklin Fund as a part of the university’s commitment to making education accessible. Following the garage sale, all the unsold items will be donated to various local charities such as Wayside Cross Ministries.

“It’s a win-win situation for all involved,” said Kris Johnson, Director of Student Leadership. “The LEAD students learn more about running events, the university students experiencing financial emergencies have access to more monies, community organizations will receive donated items after the sale is over, and people shopping at the event will get great bargains.”

Overall, this event is designed to bring people together and create a sense of community. Assisting the students in the LEAD program are the women’s tennis and lacrosse teams as well as the Wellness and Social Responsibility class, making this an inclusive effort.

“I wanted to do this project because the Franklin Fund is a great way to help AU students fund for the future,” says Christy Savellano, a LEAD student and member of the women’s tennis and lacrosse teams. “I believe in higher education because no one can ever take that from you!”

Sophomore biology major Tyler Senft echoes those sentiments. “This project, in helping students continue to afford going to school, is motivation for me to put in my best effort.”

Please contact Kris Johnson, Director of Student Leadership, at kjohnson@aurora.edu or 630-844-5624 if you have any questions.