Extras For Creative Learning Inc

Rating: 4.69 stars   26 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture, Environment

Location: 443 Warren St. Dorchester MA 02121 USA

Mission: Our mission is to stimulate creative learning and help children awaken their creative potential in education and play through the use of reusable, recycled, and surplus material.
Results: Every year we save close to a million dollars in materials that would have been discarded, and put them back into the community.
Target demographics: Greater Boston Educators and Artists
Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 70,000 children, educators, and artists benefit from our supplies every year.
Programs: We also offer workshops.
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

I love volunteering at EXCL. I love unpacking boxes and not knowing what delightful randomness I'll find inside. I love bouncing craft ideas off Jodi, the Director, and hearing her creative suggestions. I love seeing Clyde, the best dog ever. And I love hearing all the people who come to get stuff for their classrooms/art projects. I really enjoy hearing what they plan to do with their fun finds! EXCL is a great place to shop for cheap, too (the average person gets about $300 work of stuff per visit... and with $50 for 6 visits, that's just an incredible deal). You never know what you'll find. I highly recommend it.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I started volunteering at ExCL 3 years ago. For me, it was a natural fit, since I am both an artist and someone concerned about the earth. I come to volunteer once a week for about 3 hours. It's been great to get to know the staff team, and see how they work together to keep such a complex, dynamic organization operating seamlessly. I've enjoyed volunteering here, and that's why I keep coming back! There is truly something for everyone to do to help. I have done over 30 tasks in the last 3 years, and the staff are always open to new ways or suggestions to do something, as well as being attentive to what kind of volunteer work would most interest me.

if you are an artist or educator, I could see you really enjoying the volunteer work that goes on here. It's so creative and fun! I love coming and have brought others to help out before because of this.

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the way I see customers so excited! when people come in here, they get so exicted and always talk about the possibilities for projects and new ideas! It's been great to watch the company grow through the years as well, getting new companies to donate so that their members can have even better materials.

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try to get a bigger building. The staff are super creative and could totally do classes and demonstrations if there was more space. But I think they do a good job with the space that they have :)

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Rating: 5 stars  

ExCL is an amazing place that helps teachers in a great way! I work with adults with developmental delays and we go to ExCL once a week and the staff is extremely friendly and welcome to both myself and my clients. They always have a task for us to do and great feedback to go with it once the task is done. They always thank us up and down for the work that we do, but if it was not for organizations like this one our program would not be the community based one we are. This organization has welcomed us with opened arms and has always had the door open for us to volunteer. The staff is extremely friendly and interacts with my clients in such a positive manor, it is so refreshing to see. They work so hard to make sure things are as organized as possible and take pride in what they are accomplishing for others. I am happy to say that I volunteer for such an organization!

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By being an active volunteer and being aware of the services they provide for teachers

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Rating: 5 stars  

ExCL is an amazing organization! I work for a program with adults with developmental disabilities, and we bring a group of 6 clients once a week to volunteer there. The staff at ExCL is always very friendly, helpful, and patient with our clients. The purpose and goal of this organization is so important, and it is clear that all their staff are invested in the overall success of the organization. They have so much great stuff that would be thrown out and wasted if it wasn't for them.

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They help create meaningful days for our clients. We are able to help them with their work, and they help out clients work on their skills and have meaningful days. It is a great relationship!

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

want them to have a bigger space because they have so much stuff, and sometimes there isn't enough room for it all!

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