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The Coop: Trinity's Thrift Shop, Fall 2012 Hours
Event Type: ALL CAMPUS
Friday, November 16, 2012
12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
Joseph Clifford Barber
Department:Community Service and Civic Engagement

The Coop—Trinity’s on-campus thrift shop—will be open for the remainder of the semester on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Thursdays from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  The Coop sells an assortment of school supplies, housewares, electronics, and clothes.

For more information about The Coop, feel free the excerpt below from the most recent newsletter of the Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement.  Or you can also be in touch with The Coop manager, Stephanie Garcia at


The Coop—Trinity’s thrift shop—opened with at start of the Fall 2010 semester. The purpose of The Coop is four-fold:

  • Salvage useable items that would otherwise be discarded by students, faculty, and staff, particularly  from the College’s residence halls.
  • Provide an opportunity for Trinity College students, faculty, and staff to purchase needed used items inexpensively.
  • Provide students an opportunity to gain some experience running a (very) small business.
  • Raise money for community organizations with which we already have ongoing partnerships.

Most of the items available for purchase at The Coop are left behind by students at the end of the academic year and collected through a program called Dump and Run—a project of the Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement and Trinity’s Green Campus organization. Dump and Run involves student volunteers collecting and salvaging useable items, which are then sorted, organized, and then either donated to local community organizations (e.g., Immaculate Conception Shelter, Interval House, Tabor House, Hartford Catholic Worker, Hartford Dog Pound, and the Salvation Army) or integrated into The Coop’s inventory.

During the 2011-2012 academic year, The Coop had enough volunteers to be open 12 hours each week. Also, based on our experience from The Coop’s first year, we were able to raise almost twice as much money in 2011-2012. After two years of operation, The Coop had revenues of over $5,000, part of which will be used to sustain the program and the remainder donated. During the Fall 2012 semester, the Hartford Catholic Worker, Interval House, Immaculate Conception Shelter and Housing Corporation, and Tabor House will each receive a check for $1,250 from The Coop. We hope that going forward, we will be able to make annual contributions to our community partners.

All of this was made possible through the assistance of the Office of Campus Life, Office of Community Service and Civic Engagement, Computing Center, and E&R Cleaners.  We are very grateful for all of their support.



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