In the midst of spring-cleaning season, is your office looking for a new bookcase, computer or desk?
Duke Surplus has your back.
Throughout the year, the Duke Surplus warehouse in Durham is filled with used furniture and office supplies from Duke University and Duke University Health System. Regional nonprofits, schools and Duke departments can visit the Duke Surplus warehouse, nicknamed “The Cage,” every week to peruse and pick up items at no cost.
This is Duke Surplus’ busiest time, as Duke schools, departments and offices approach the end of the fiscal year and upgrade some of their equipment. Furniture, office supplies and more are sent to the warehouse to be reused and repurposed.
The Duke Surplus property program began in 2007 and has since worked with about 600 nonprofit organizations in the community.
“Duke Surplus helps people and helps nonprofits,” said Mary Crawford, Duke’s senior director of Procurement and Supply Chain. “There are also sustainability benefits to this program. We’re giving things a second chance at life.”
In the past, Duke Surplus has received items such as printer toner, printer paper, notebooks, desks, cubicles and bookcases. The program has even received solar educational kits and children’s engineering books, items that would be a great fit in local classrooms covering STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) topics.
To receive year-round updates about Duke Surplus warehouse days that are open to regional nonprofits, schools and Duke departments, email email@example.com to be added to the Duke Surplus email listserv. The warehouse is only open during certain hours, which are publicized through that listserv. Nonprofits visiting for the first time must provide proof of nonprofit status.
Duke departments or community nonprofits looking for computers must email firstname.lastname@example.org.