Megan Holz at the Free Store grand opening
Photo by Kayless Chalmers

The Sustainability Club has gone above and beyond this academic year. The University of Wisconsin-Superior (UWS) student organization has once again made a big change on campus with the opening of their Free Store.

The Free Store’s grand opening was Tuesday, Nov. 26, 2019, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. The movement was led by UWS junior, Megan Holz, and supported by the Sustainability Club. Holz is majoring in environmental science and a member of UWS’s volleyball team. Regarding the store’s opening, Holz said, “The opening was great! 86 people attended and everyone thought it was a cool idea. The store took a lot of time to put together, but once everything fell into place, it was easy.”

The idea of a free store came to be last year, when the Sustainability Club sponsored one during Earth Week. Holz said, “We had a great response from that, and other campuses already have a free store, [so] we decided [UWS] needed one, too.”

The Free Store is accessible to both the UWS and Twin Ports community. It provides apparel, kitchenware, and school supplies to anyone that needs it. Donations are encouraged in order to keep the store full and are accepted during operational hours. Open hours are Monday, Wednesday, Friday 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., Tuesday 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m., and Thursday 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. To find the store, visit UWS Old Main in room 131.

New hours will be posted near the beginning of the spring 2020 semester and the Free Store will not be open over winter break.