The “YMCA at Virginia Tech” is really a misnomer. The organization was founded in 1873 on the Virginia Tech campus, but it is now located in the Town of Blacksburg (1000 North Main Street), and, to most people’s surprise, it receives NO financial support from Virginia Tech. However, it does cumulatively operate one of the largest set of independent recycling programs in the Town of Blacksburg. For example: (1) The YMCA Thrift Shop collects and resells gently used items donated by local and regional citizens; (2) they also collect and recycle fabrics of all types that are too worn or otherwise damaged and are not suitable for reuse; and (3) they manage the Ytoss Program that collects gently used furniture and other items from students at the end of each Spring Semester that would otherwise be placed in trash bins with other material destined for our region’s landfill.
HOW TO DONATE ITEMS TO THE YMCA FOR RECYCLING
Our local YMCA building is called the “Y Center” and is located at 1000 North Main Street in Blacksburg. All gently used items, and not-so-gently used fabrics, may be donated at the loading dock during open hours. To find the dock, enter the parking lot and drive along the left side of the Y-Center building to the back, and you will see the loading dock to your right. By the time you stop and get out of your vehicle Volunteers will most likely be there to greet you. They will take everything you wish to contribute and sort it later for resale at the Thrift Shop or to send to another recycling facility.
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 Gold member of the Association of the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education in 2014.