RUTHS REUSABLE RESOURCES

Rating: 4.98 stars   80 reviews

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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.
Results: Each day, throughout the school year, children in Maine attend school without the needed pencils, paper, and other basic supplies. At the same time, businesses through out the United States dispose of these same basic items. 3R's transfers those unwanted supplies to children and their teachers. It is working. Since 1994, 3R's has given away more than $50 million worth of surplus furniture, paper, books, office supplies and computers to Maine schools and non-profits. Over 1 million pounds of reusable materials have been saved from Maine landfills and transferred to schools. 3R's was named 2003 EcoMaine recycler of the year.
Direct beneficiaries per year: Over 70,000 students and over 8,000 teachers/staff can benefit from what 3R's has to offer.
Geographic areas served: The State of Maine, parts of New Hampshire and Massachusetts
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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Ruths Reusable Resoures was and continues to be an experience. They recycle paper and cardboard, yarn, wood, metal, books, fabric, furniture, plastic...they recycle vinyl and make die cut-outs of the alphabet for teachers. A great place for "what else can this be used for?"

In addition, she has taken msny tons of materials headed for the trash bins, but still useful and helped many schools and organizations. A giant help to small and large districts during these tough economical times.

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Has saved many dollars for the organizations that I represent!

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Nothing that I can suggest that would improve her organization.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been acquainted with Ruth's since the inception of the business. I don't have the stats, but she must have provided schools with, literally, TONS of discarded materials: desks, chairs, file cabinets, bookcases, books, paper, posters, bulletin boards, notebooks, labels, rulers - you name it. All of these materials would have gone to waste, but instead Ruth reduces the waste AND reduces spending in schools. It's a win-win all the way around.

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Receiving merchandise.

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I have not reviewed the day to day operations, so I could not say what I might change.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I can't imagine a greener organization than 3Rs! They help keep so much perfectly usable material OUT of Maine's landfills. They also recycle or re-purpose tons and tons of goods in a way that benefits the common good -- by making our schools that much better. Ruth Libby and her team are incredibly creative -- they are truly the experts at making silk purses out of sow's ears!

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Seeing how inexpensively materials can be purchased by schools and now other buyers.

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Clone it!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Ruth's Reusables has provided my classroom with a wealth of supplies. These resources have enhanced lessons and provided students with materials that we wouldn't normally have access to. The work of the founders and voluteers in this organization have created a lasting relationship between businesses and educators. The idea that one's trash is another person's treasure has benefited schools throughout our state.

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The supplies have enhanced and engaged students in various lessons.

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This organization has suited the needs of my classroom. The fact that they serve schools through materials that are donated by business to be reused benefits the environment and students. I cannot think of a way this concept could be improved.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Each year we head to Ruth's to fill in the gaps that our budget process is not able to cover and each year I am amazed at the depth and breadth of Ruth's warehouse. We are able to obtain the smallest items to the largest (last year the secretary got a wrap around desk unit ). Ruth's is an outstanding "green" operation with wonderful volunteers and a well run organization. She provides many items for our school that we would otherwise go without. In these tough budget times, we are so grateful.

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the products I have secured for my building that support children and staff in their learning

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I would ask that they send out more bulletins when they get a large shipment in during the school year so we can coordinate a truck to bring big items back

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Rating: 5 stars  

I walked through the doors and was WOWED! The organization, teamwork and pleasent atmosphere is a must SEE.
Ruths Reusable Resoures is an experience..Not only do they recycle paper and cardboard. But yarn, wood, metal, books, fabric, furniture, plastic...they recycle vinyl from damaged binders and make die cut-outs of the alphabet for teachers. A great place for "what else can this be used for?" In a time where the world is becoming so virtual. Ruth's inspires creativity and imagination. Where better to start teaching young kids about being green and recycling but a classroom.

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Self growth

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I think its perfect the way it is.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our high school Key Club members love to volunteer at Ruth's Reusable Resources each week. It provides them with an opportunity to support this important resource for teachers. As a teacher, I have benefited enormously from the supplies that are made available to us at Ruth's. With limited funds and cost-cutting, Ruth's has helped provide many supplies and equipment for my classroom and activities I prepare for students. Thank you Ruth and all the volunteers!!

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

Receiving supplies and equipment for my classroom.

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

Make sure it was funded annually through financial and in-kind donations and grants.

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Role: General Member of the Public
Rating: 5 stars  

Met Ruth at the first national Reuse Conference (ReuseConex) held in Raleigh, NC this past October. Of all the reuse organizations, I was particularly impressed with Ruth and her organization. The sheer SCALE of what she was doing - the size of her building and all the resources and more importantly, all the materials that were potentially diverted from landfills. Not to mention the great service to teachers and educators for an affordable option for expensive materials. What a concept - should be copied and "franchised" across the country. Can't say enough what an impression this visionary woman and her organization had on me - profound.

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Hearing Ruth speak at the conference about the results.

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Not able to comment

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Rating: 5 stars  

Our school district has been a part of Ruth's for many years, for elementary and middle school. Many of you many think it is only for elementary and middle school teachers, but Ruth's also serves high school staff and schools. It would benefit you because you can get replacement furniture, computers, goods and more! The whole district needs to join.

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I have personally helped our other schools with furniture, computers and great classroom materials.

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let more people know about it.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I head to Ruth's before school starts each fall. I know there will be limited if any pencils, lined paper, erasers in the school budget. When the pencil sharpener break, markers run dry and glue sticks grow legs, I head to Ruth's. I have a round table with comfortable chairs,(and some for the bare teacher's lunchroom!) a teacher desk chair without splinters and sometimes student notebooks, binders brought back from Ruth's. My only complaint is all the stuff I have to carry to my classroom when I leave; a good problem to have really. Thanks Ruth, and all her volunteers

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

student supplies, a godsend with budget cuts

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

help arrange furniture deliveries. Some items are difficult to get where they can help if one doesn't readily have a truck available.

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