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'Clean Sweep' Event Collects Food, Clothing and Furniture for Local Nonprofits

05.11.2012

HIGH POINT, N.C., May 11, 2012 – High Point University students emptied their dorms from top to bottom at the end of the academic year as part of the university’s annual “Clean Sweep” event, which collects items needed by local nonprofit organizations that provide assistance in the community.

The event collected more than 500 pounds of food for the United Way of Greater High Point’s 20th annual Postal Food Drive, which benefits 14 local food pantries. A two-ton U.S. Postal Service truck made a stop on campus to pick up the food.

Donations of furniture and gently used clothing were also collected at the event and given to West End Ministries in High Point.

HPU coordinates its “Clean Sweep” event as a way for students to give back at the end of the academic year. Throughout the year, the university contributes surplus food from its 12 dining locations on a weekly basis to Open Door Ministries through its Food Donation Program, and students volunteer more than 30,000 hours and raise more than $100,000 each year to help those in need. This is another way HPU students contribute to the surrounding area.

“HPU students are always eager to help the United Way of Greater High Point, and for that, we are truly thankful,” says Bobby Smith, president of the United Way. “We have seen them answer our calls for contributions and community action on many occasions.”

At High Point University, every student receives an extraordinary education in an inspiring environment with caring people.℠ HPU, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a liberal arts institution with over 4,200 undergraduate and graduate students at campuses in High Point and Winston-Salem. It is ranked by US News and World Report at No. 3 among Regional Colleges in the South. Parade Magazine lists HPU in the top 25 private schools in the nation. HPU was selected in the 2010-2011 list of “Colleges of Distinction,” as well as one of the top green schools in the country by the Sierra Club. The university offers 44 undergraduate majors, 40 undergraduate minors and 10 graduate degree programs. It is a member of the NCAA, Division I and the Big South Conference. Visit High Point University on the Web at highpoint.edu.

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Pam Haynes

Communication Specialist

336-841-9055

phaynes@highpoint.edu

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