ytossYtoss 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 2015 and in the past, together with our partners and sponsors Ytoss has:

  • Diverted more than 100 tons of gently used household items from the waste stream
  • Engaged over 1300 community volunteers in service to students and families
  • Generated over $60,000 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 Sliver member of the Association of the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education in 2008.


Ytoss Collection 2016 will be held on Virginia Tech’s campus Friday, May 6th – Thursday, May 12th

The 2016 Ytoss Sale will be held in Virginia Tech’s McComas Hall August 17th & 18th – the Wednesday and Thursday of campus move-in. Like Ytoss on facebook to stay up to date, and call 540-961-9622 or email with questions or to get involved!



Ytoss relies on of hundreds of dedicated volunteers each year and we thank you for your support!  Follow the link below to sign up to volunteer with Ytoss 2016!

Click to View Volunteer Opportunities on VolunteerSpot



YTOSS SALE: Aug 17th – Aug 18th , McComas Hall

Community volunteers travelling from off-campus will be issued a special events visitor parking pass. For specific parking guidelines, please visit the Virginia Tech Parking Services website. Be sure to make note of modified traffic patterns and unusual parking restrictions during move-out and move-in!



Ytoss accepts clean, gently used furniture, electronics, and clothing, including microwaves, hutches, mini-fridges, small appliances, etc. Torn or soiled textiles and broken electronics will be recycled. We also collect  laundry detergent, and cleaning supplies for local food banks. Examples of items we cannot accept are ripped or soiled are mattresses, rugs and upholstered furniture. Also, we cannot accept broken plastic furniture and appliances unless they are made out of recyclable (#1-7) plastics. For detailed donation  guidelines, visit our recycling page. Join the Ytoss Collection facebook event to pledge your support!


Even though on-campus collection is over, you can still bring donations to the YMCA Thrift Store, Monday-Saturday, 9AM – 6PM! Got a lot of stuff? Call 540-552-2633 to schedule a pick-up. Thank you for your support!


If you missed the Ytoss Sale – never fear! Stop by the YMCA Thrift Shop on 1000 N. Main St. in Blacksburg to find great deals throughout the year. Be sure to Like the YMCA at Virginia Tech  on facebook to stay up-to-date on monthly Thrift Shop sales and specials!

Continue the cycle of volunteerism and sustainability by shopping at, helping with, or donating to next year’s Ytoss! Volunteers and donors will receive coupons redeemable at the Ytoss Sale and the YMCA Thrift Shop. Like Ytoss on facebook to stay up-to-date and help promote Ytoss throughout the year.

During the school year, visit the YMCA’s Thrift Shops in Blacksburg and Radford for all of your household needs.  The YMCA Thrift Shops provide new life for thousands of tons of clothing, electronics, furniture, holiday items, and more – including the area’s largest selection of used books!   We also recycle nearly 200 tons of batteries, broken electronics, and textiles for the community.

To learn more about sales, special events, recycling, and volunteer opportunities at the YMCA Thrift Shops, Like the YMCA at Virginia Tech on facebook, visit our web-page or call 540-552-2633.


Complete your apartment or residence hall room at unbeatable prices!  We’ve got fans, lamps, desks, hutches, shelving, storage, chairs, mini-fridges and microwaves – even school supplies and fashion clothing.  Visit the Ytoss Sale during move-in for all your back-to-school needs!


Wednesday & Thursday

August 17th & 18th

McComas Hall Gym, 895 Washington St.

Join our Ytoss Sale facebook event to let us know you’re coming!

You can find FAQ’s, a sample price list, photos from last year’s sale, and more on our facebook page. If you still have questions about the Ytoss Sale, email or call 540-231-3734 for more details!



Ytoss relies on the generous donors and sponsors to help fund our collection and sale. For details on what it takes to put together this huge event, check out our annual report.

Ytoss thanks our 2015 donors and sponsors for their support!


Financial Supporters:

Virginia Tech Office of Energy and Sustainability/Coca-Cola Inc

Blacksburg-Christiansburg Rotary

BCR Property Management

Ytoss Leadership Team Alumni

Southern VA Properties

Freedom First Credit Union

Sustainable Blacksburg

Student Centers & Activities at Virginia Tech


Donors in-kind:

The Town of Blacksburg

Natural Awakenings Magazine

Virginia Tech Recreational Sports

VT Division of Student Affairs

Virginia Tech Fleet Services

Virginia Tech Facilities Services

University City Blvd. Kroger, Co.

Christiansburg Kroger, Co.

Draper Rd. 7-11, Inc.

Tech Bookstore


Click here for details on 2015 sponsorship.

Want to become a sponsor, yourself? View our Sponsorship Packet!

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