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: 4 stars  

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 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.

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offer morning shopping hours

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Rating: 5 stars  

Hello, I have known Ruth since we we're in Jr. High. She is a SHINING example of a person who had a vision and followed it through some challenging times, until it germinated into a very relevant organization. She began with no money; just a sincere hope to improve her community. I am totally impressed with what Ruth and her staff have accomplished in a decade. She has created a novel orginization where everyone wins; the students, the teachers, and the businesses that donate their extra supplies.

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Seen how many teachers, students it has helped

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More funding for it to grow

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A lot

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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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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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Role: General Member of the Public
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.

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

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I really have no suggestions.

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