RUTHS REUSABLE RESOURCES

Rating: 4.98 stars   80 reviews

Issues: Education

Location: 39 Blueberry Rd Portland ME 04102 USA

Mission: Our mission is to ensure that students and classrooms in Maine have the basic tools for learning, by transferring surplus business supplies and merchandise into the hands of school children and teachers.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Ruth's is an invaluable resource for teachers in Maine. From colored pens, dry erase markers, mechanical pencils, items for a classroom prize box to books (new and used), Ruth's is the first place I look for the things I need for my classroom. Not only does Ruth's provide a financial savings to school districts but to individual teachers, who often spend out-of-pocket money on items for the classroom.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

Ruth's Reusable Resources is an absolute GODSEND to teachers in the state of Maine. Most people know that teachers do spend their own money on their classrooms, but most don't realize the hundreds and hundreds of dollars that we spend each year on our kids. It comes down to this: if we need it, and the district doesn't provide it, we have to buy it--or go without. If you come from a two-teacher family, like me, that can really add up every year. That's where Ruth comes in. She provides, at no cost to teachers, the resources we need for class. Whether it's a new stapler, reams of paper, binders, in-baskets, books, paper clips, pens, pencils, and everything else you can possibly imagine, she provides it. The businesses who support her give her their excess or their outdated items, all of which would otherwise end up in a landfill. I estimate that so far this year, Ruth's has saved my family personally approximately $250 for items such as those I mentioned above, and many others--including some brand-new new safety goggles for my science class. RUTH, we love you and thank you for your support of education. We are so blessed to have you in the state of Maine! :)

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

Ruth's provides a service to educators and students that she developed at exactly the time school districts were beginning to suffer diminishing budgets. It also links the private sector with public education in a way that benefits both. I only wish the need for this unique operation were made unnecessary, but given the economy this seems unlikely.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

This resource is so valuable in today's day and age. Thanks to Ruth for her vision and to the public donations from local business owners who see the need to deliver valuable resources to today's teachers, classrooms and children. INCREDIBLE....how lucky Southern Maine is to have this available. Thanks!!!! Megan S. O'Donnell

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

Ruth's is the most user friendly non-profit I have ever worked with. As a building elementary principal, she is always available to answer my questions nad if I can't make it there right on time due to the distance she travels, she accommodates me and my staff. Her items are superb and things that our shcools need everyday - and can't afford.

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A lot

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How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

Again, Ruth's Reusable Resource has helped me with a big help at the start of the school year. They have so many items that are used regularly in the classroom. I went back again this week to get items to fill up my reward jar, and the students love the special items that I pick up at Ruth's. It is fabulous for organization tools, curriculum supplements, art supplies, and office supplies. There are even great furniture bargains! Thanks Ruths!

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How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

This year Ruth's is so important to me and my colleagues. We had a fire at our school a month ago and we have received so much help from Ruth's! When I arrived at Ruth's this morning my teaching partner was pulling up in her car too. Thank you for all you have done for Hall School!

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A lot

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Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Rating: 5 stars  

I have been a reading teacher in southern Maine for the past several years. I have saved myself and my school hundreds of dollars by going to Ruth's for everything from paper to rubber bands to reading books. I run a summer library for children who receive reading support, and have obtained many of the books from Ruth's. I would be lost without Ruth's! I try to get there once a month.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my daily life as a teacher. I use the materials I get at Ruth's every day.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

not change a thing. they are great.

How would you describe the help you got from this organization?

Life-changing

How likely are you to recommend this organization to a friend?

Definitely

How do you feel you were treated by this organization?

Very Well

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

How did you find this group?

I was told about this when I first started teaching in Gorham. The administration and fellow teachers told me about it.

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

I am more aware of how I use my school resources and am more likely to recycle. I bring things from home to see if other colleagues can use them rather than throwing them away.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been benefiting from Ruth's for many, many years! As a teacher, i spend a lot of my own money on both necessities and extras for the students in my classroom. Because of Ruth's, I have been able to save hundreds of dollars. I can get everything from paper clips to staplers to books for my students to read. Not only does Ruth's save me money but it saves money for my school and for the town, because we don't need to budget for a lot of office-type essentials that we know we can get for free.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many ways through the multitude of resources I have received for free to use in my classroom.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change nothing. It is perfect!

Rating: 5 stars  

I am a classroom teacher and just made my second visit to Ruth's. I feel so incredibly blessed to be able to get so many wonderful supplies to use in my room. The children used the brand new pencils, glue, page protectors and notebooks the day I brought them back. We read several of the books I had gotten too. We will use the paint, colored paper and other many supplies over the next few weeks. I also got felt to put up as a feltboard for story telling. WOW this is the best resource an educator could dream of. THANK YOU!!!!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

supplies for teaching students in my classroom.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

...I can think of no changes at this time.

How did you find this group?

word of mouth and our PTA bought a membership

What, if any, change in your life has this group encouraged?

I don't have to spend as much of my personal money anymore, that is huge!!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

Rating: 5 stars  

Ruth's has been invaluable in helping me provide an effective education for my students. Our school has been able to get used textbooks when we have not had enough and could not afford purchase more. I have gone to Ruth's numerous times to find materials to use for projects in my classes and classroom supplies like paper, pens, markers, 3-hole punches, etc.

Working at a small Christian school means that money is always extremely limited, but Ruth's makes it much easier to do things that benefit my students.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

having enough textbooks for my students having supplies for student projects

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Occasional hours during the summer would be helpful.

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