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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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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.

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.

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.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

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!

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

My classroom

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

no limit on pencils

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

Each year I budget for items to supply my small school nurse office. In recent years the schools budget is frozen mid year. Thanks to Ruths, I have been able to obtain needed items to keep my busy "clinic" running without missing a beat. Ruths appeals to the Yankee in me as well, and is a great example of practicing what we teach in school. Our students are very observant and are learning what they live, when they see a delighted teacher or their school nurse return with useful items for the classroom.

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

I have obtained supplies that I have been able to use in care and treatment of my students. It was a pleasant surprise to find items related to healthcare at Ruths.

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

Increase hours or offer branch RUTH's stores around the state.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

A lot

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

What is unique about this organization?

Accepting items from big companies and making the items available to education. Seems so logical, but no one has done it as well as Ruth!

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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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.

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

Has saved many dollars for the organizations that I represent!

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

Nothing that I can suggest that would improve her organization.

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Role: Professional with expertise in this field
Rating: 5 stars  

As coordinator of work experiences for our school district Ruth's has beed able to provide students with equipment that I have no budget for.
Ruth's Reuseables has also been at terrific work experience site for many of our students with diverse special needs.

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

Ruth's assisting high school students gain work experience.

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

Let more people learn what a valuable resource this is.

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