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October 28, 2011

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October 28, 2011

Ruth's Resuable Resources is AMAZING! Ruth, Mary and Tom work tirelessly with their staff to ensure that all Maine teacher have the supplies they need to give students a brighter future. I have worked with Ruth's for several years now on a backpack stuffing campaign. I have never seen a more appreciative organization and hard working non profit. I look forward to all volunteer activities with Ruth's Resuable Resources!

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

seeing thank you letters and cards from the children who have been the receipents of the backpacks.

Ways to make it better...

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

find a way to make sure that Ruth had all the money necessary to fullfill the needs of all teachers.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

Did your volunteer experience have an effect on you? (teaching you a new skill, or introducing new friends, etc.)

Always.....Ruth and her staff make you feel like family. You know you're always welcome and nothing you could do is wrong. They give you the opportunity to try new things.....like learning to use a pallet mover.

How did this volunteer experience make you feel?

Every time I leave Ruth's, I feel excited and hopeful. Ruth and her staff always make you feel special and as if you changed the world.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

October 16, 2011

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October 16, 2011

Ruth's is amazing-- I honestly don't know how I could be as effective as a teacher without the materials and resources from Ruth's. Many of my students have organizational issues; many more live below the poverty level, so being able to provide pens, pencils, folders, binders, etc to them enable me to continue with the work of teaching and to ensure that students have the tools they need. Having access to workbooks and textbook materials gives me opportunities to include different activities and bring variety to my lessons.
I'm also the Drama Club director, and we rely heavily on Ruth's for all the materials we need for costumes, props, and sets. I love recycling objects that might otherwise be trash into useful, creative elements in our performances. We certainly couldn't afford to do elaborate plays (we have no budget, only whatever we are able to fundraise) without access to Ruth's.

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

The creativity it allows me to include in both my classroom and in Drama Club.

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

Maybe have it open more hours.

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When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

September 29, 2011

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September 29, 2011

Today at Ruth's Reusable Resources, I was able to get MANY things for my classroom. When teaching ELA, students need lots of paper, pencils, pens, erasers, etc.,--things that seem impossible to keep in the classroom. I was able to find all of these things as well as some 'talking pieces' for our Restorative Practice circles! Not only did I find lots of 'treasures' for my classroom, when I didn't know where I to find something, someone seemed to always be right there to help direct me. When I wheeled the cart out to my car to unload my things, someone came out to return the cart for me. How fortunate we are to be members of Ruth's Reusable Resources! Thank You, Ruth's!!!!!!!!

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

being able to access resources for my classroom.

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Things went very smoothly and they were very organized. I didn't see anything I would change.

September 29, 2011

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September 29, 2011

Ruth's is the best. Every time I am starting a new theme or project in my classroom - I think of Ruth's. There is always something there I can use. Plus the usual items I get - like envelopes of all sizes, paper and paper board. My desk chair came from Ruth's. There is always something special too that you just can't believe you get to take with you!
The staff there are so helpful. They are knowledgeable about the process and helpful to all who are new. They keep the warehouse organized and well stocked. You can go in and grab items quickly if needed or enjoy a shopping experience of leisurely walking around picking out just the right items. Thanks you to everyone at Ruth's.

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

A lot

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?

2011

September 28, 2011

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September 28, 2011

Just returned from a trip to Ruth's Reusable Resources with a bag full of supplies to use for a class project this week. I knew I could count on Ruth's to have a huge assortment of hands-on materials for me to use with my students as we make 3-D cell membrane models. Without Ruth's, I would be spending my own money at a local craft store buying up supplies that I thought would work. Instead, I have lots of odds and ends to bring to the classroom to allow for more student choice. Within twenty minutes I found supplies, filled out my form and checked-out with Ruth at the counter.

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

my High School Science classroom.

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

expand the hours of operation and continue to encourage companies to recycle products with the help of Ruth's Reusable Resources.

September 27, 2011

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September 27, 2011

Hi, this was my first visit to 3R's. I was tickled with the generosity of the companies that donate to Ruth's!
The women that were working on the day I was there were very friendly and helpful.

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

I collected a modest supply of needed goods and took home a mental image of all of the items I could use to do sensory projects with the men and women I work with with disabilities. My next trip will be to gather sensory supplies for activity boxes.

Ways to make it better...

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

offer morning shopping hours

September 25, 2011

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September 25, 2011

I am a special education teacher at the high school level. I have been going to Ruth's for years and years and found items that perfectly fit the needs of my students AND items I had not idea what their intended purpose was, but again, fit the bill to a T. The most recent positive development is acquiring just the right thickness of material to balance the accoustics in our reading nook. Oh, the echo was really distracting, and students were put off, and sometimes brought to laughing at how they sounded when asked to do phonetic practice. Ruth's to the rescue. As much fun as we had laughing at the echo, students have stated that it's so much clearer now that the echo is gone...one more direct impact the materials I find at Ruth's.
As much as I get from Ruth's, the organization gives back to the community in other ways too. I've seen community members from businesses to group homes to disabled adults working productively, regularly at Ruth's with a sincere and clearly visible sense of accomplishment.

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

if I need it, Ruth's most likely has it. She knows her items, as well as their versatility. Time and again, Ruth demonstrates that students are the reason for the organization and all energies, both physical and creative, go toward helping teachers do what they do best. Our district is one of many transient students. Providing materials - from pencils to packs to lunch boxes....all serve to ensure kids can attend to the lessons offered.

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

Hire staff...volunteers alone cannot keep up with the need. Stacking, sorting, shelving items for teachers to collect, is a time consuming task and piecemeal, with volunteers is not enough.

September 25, 2011

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September 25, 2011

I am a teacher in South Portland Maine. I visit Ruths at least once a month to get supplies and fun items to use in the classroom. I have saved so much money by doing this,! The items are often new, and the ones that are not - are in good shape. Ruth and her staff are always on hand to hep! Thank you!!!!!!

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

Watching the outcome - Using the items to help children learn.

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

Can't think of one right now...... just love this place......

September 14, 2011

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September 14, 2011

Great nonprofit that helps MANY schools throughout the year. Disadvantaged children benefit from backpacks that are provided free of charge each year at the beginning of school. Thousands of dollars of school supplies and office furniture are available for teachers/administrators daily. The operation also helps the community by taking items that would otherwise be thrown away, therefore reusing and recycling.

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

Seeing the good that it does within the school system that my children attend.

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

Make it a more profitable operation.

May 11, 2011

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May 11, 2011

I'm a teacher in South Portland, Maine. With budget's being frozen and cash flow tight for everybody, students often cannot afford the school supplies they need to participate in class. Even in the age of technology, essential materials such as basic pencil and paper are needed in the classroom. Ruth's has been a great resource for me to help me provide my students with those basic needs and take some of the pressure off their parents tight budget. I'm always amazed at how many things are available to teachers from textbooks to office supplies. It's a great resource that I don't know what I would do without.
Thank you Ruth's Reusable Resources for all you do for teachers and students!

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

My classroom

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

no limit on pencils

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