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.
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
2011 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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.

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.

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

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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!!!!!!!!

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

being able to access resources for my classroom.

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

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

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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

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

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

Make it a more profitable operation.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I was introduced to Ruth several years ago, back when she was originally located in Scarborough. I volunteered in the office helping her with the business aspect of 3R's.

Ruth has an amazing spirit and beautiful heart that has been the passion behind her drive to keep this charity going strong and blossoming into what it is today. Without Ruth and her organization, and all that she has done for her community, her family, and the school systems, there would be schools struggling even more then they already are and possible cut-backs to be able to continue further education. Not to mentions the financial struggle teachers would also feel in their own wallets as well as their classes that would suffer without these necessary supplies.

If I was still living in Maine, Id be much more involved in her organization. Not only does her company help our future through the students that benefit from what it offers but the future of our planet as well by recycling products that would most likely end up in a landfill. Bravo two-fold! Giving teachers and students what they need to grow by using items that would be tossed aside to poison our planet!

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

meeting a wonderful woman with a beautiful heart.

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

make it a national organization.

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?

Some

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Quite well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2005

 
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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!

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

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

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

Clone it!

 
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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.

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

Self growth

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

I think its perfect the way it is.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Ruth's is not only a great place for teachers to get needed supplies. It also gives companies a place to donate items that they no longer need. In the past, many of these organizations put these items into a dumpster. Now, they can help teachers, students, and the environment by recycling them at Ruth's.

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

my classroom. I have also had friends donate items that their companies no longer need.

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

I would encourage more people to volunteer

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

Ruth's is a needed resource for schools and teachers. As budgets decline, obtaining materials at Ruth's becomes even more valuable to supplement classroom needs . The customer service and organized layout make "shopping" at Ruth's a pleasure---even more so because there is always an unexpected surprise item. Additionally, RUth's allows for the throw-outs at one workplace become treasures at another.

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

I received materials from RUth's

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

None at this time. Their new site makes the offerings even more available and organized.

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

I couldn't run my class without Ruth's Reusable Resources. Several times a year I go to get pencils, rulers, scissors, crayons, paper and other supplies for my kindergarten students. It is a great resource to have. They outreach to businesses in the area to donate supplies they do not need and teachers are able to build creative lesson plans around these materials. By finding a second use for these supplies we are keeping them from the trash, which helps the environment as well as providing needed resources to schools. It is a double benefit for all of us in the community!

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

my classroom

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

expand their offerings if possible to include even more discarded supplies from businesses in the area.

 
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