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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Rating: 5 stars  

Ruth's has helped us so much, being able to receive supplies that we don't have to purchase out of our own pockets. It would be a shame not to be able to have the resource that we have with Ruth's.

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

Receiving office supplies that help with our service.

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

Let any district employee sign in for supplies needed.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Awesome and helpful to all teachers and staff. It is great that these thousands of items are not thrown away, but reused for great purpose within classrooms. I can't wait to go again and see what it there...kinda like Marden's: Should of grabbed it when I saw it cuz it may not be there next time! Thanks Ruth's for being available, organized, helpful and friendly. We appreciate it.

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

the fact that my students will be helped by the goods and services this organization provides.

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

more space more hours

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Rating: 5 stars  

Ruth's has been instrumental in providing our school district with furniture, resources, educational materials and books. During these tough economic times, Ruth's has really pulled through. I am also amazed and impressed by the wonderful customer service I receive every time I go to Ruth's. I also appreciate how organized and supportive they are of education and children. One direct example of their customer service was when Ruth went to the warehouse to find me extra Everyday Math Materials. Our district is starting this program in the fall and Ruth allowed me to gather materials to help our staff learn about the program.

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

receiving furniture, curriculum materials, books and supplies for our school.

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

expand into a larger building.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Since my first trip to Ruth's last Spring to my nearly weekly trips since the beginning of this school year I wonder how i ever got along without Ruth's as a resource.

The staff is friendly and incredibly helpful. The facility is clean and well organized.

I teach over 600 students each school year and do not have a textbook. Consequently, I develop a number of handouts each year. In the past this has amounted to thousands of copies each year. The free resources I have collected this year have allowed me to create notebooks of resources, everything from matching 3 ring binders (for a class of 35), the copy paper, to plastic sleeves to put each handout in to prevent wear and tear. These notebooks can be used every year and make it simple to add or revise materials. This alone has saved our school a significant amount of money and is great for the environment! Additionally, the countless other supplies mean I can pass out a pencil to an unprepared student and provide other materials to be used during class time. I can't ever imagine going back to a time without R.R.R.

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

my classroom

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

open more hours

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been to Ruth's on many occasions to find materials needed for the classroom. I have never been disappointed with finding materials to meet my needs. I appreciate the recycle program that Ruth's employs as it allows local companies the chance to donate materials that would be discarded and local educators to use these donations in their classrooms for the students benefit.

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

my classroom with my students.

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

not make any changes!

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Rating: 5 stars  

Ruth's is a fantastic source for necessary supplies for my classroom. They provide an essential resource for teachers in the area who want to stay green!

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

My classroom!

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

Make more RRRs available.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Ruth's provides an invaluable service to the teaching community. In a time when school budgets are getting smaller and smaller, it's comforting to know there is a place like Ruth's that teachers can go to for classroom supplies.

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I've experienced the results of this organization in my classroom.

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

i'd add more employees and extend their hours.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I have been getting supplies from Ruth's for 10 years. I don't know what I would do without Ruth's. This resource has allowed me to add experiences into my teaching that would otherwise not be possible. It is a wonderful resource for paper, pens, envelopes, books, prizes, and craft materials that I would not have free access to at school. In these times of reduced school budgets, Ruth's is a bright spot. Ruth's allows us to continue to provide the best possible experiences for our students.

Ruth works tirelessly to continue to gather materials for teachers to have and use to improve their students' experiences. I can't thank Ruth's enough for all the materials I have gotten for free over the many years.

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I have been helped by Ruth's in my daily classroom experiences when I can give students extra paper to use, or envelopes to keep their materials in, or even prizes for various challenges.

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

I can't think of anything major to change.

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?

Quite well

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Rating: 5 stars  

Ruth's is an invaluable part of the teaching community. I have been visiting Ruth's for close to 10 years. Without materials that she offers I would not be able to supply my classroom with the necessary materials needed due to budget shortfalls and the recession. I count on Ruth's and usually make at least 1 trip per month. Ruth's is number 1.

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

Ruth's takes many resources which may be discarded and gives them a second chance in schools. Teachers love Ruth's.

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

I really have no suggestions.

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Rating: 5 stars  

Ruth's is an excellent source of information, supplies and materials for anything and everything in education. The staff are friendly and helpful and the FREE store is very organized and accessible. I can't say enough good things about the great experiences I've had at 3R's.

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

Maine.

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

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