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Causes: Arts & Culture, Arts Education, Environment, Recycling

Mission: Our mission is to develop, heal and grow community through recycled art. We aim to inspire more art and assist artists in developing skills for art creation by using and re-using the available resources around them. Our objective is to teach people how to create "art with purpose" reusing discarded, unwanted, and excess items; creating generations of artists and crafters who are more environmentally conscious.

Results: To date we have inspired, encouraged and brightened the lives of thousands of individuals. Free Crafting Area: Our Craft Castle has benefited tens of thousands of children, adults and individuals with special needs by providing a safe haven where people can craft at no cost. This particularly benefits families and special needs community with limited budgets. Thrifty Craft Store: We have successfully kept tons of trash out of our local landfill as well as provided tens of thousands of people with low cost craft supplies that they may not otherwise have been able to afford. Free Teachers Section: We have created a successful program that provides free crafting materials and other teachers supplies to teachers of every grade level and their students of every skill level. Volunteer Opportunities: The general public, people doing community service, students, seniors and people with intellectual disabilities are all welcome to volunteer at AoR. We provide individuals with tasks that are suited to their particular skill levels. We have teamed up and networked with other organizations such as local school districts, local businesses and other non-profit organizations in order to assist and facilitate them with needed materials and occasional funding in order for their organizations to function more smoothly.

Target demographics: All potential and current artists and crafters and to facilitate the teachers of art.

Direct beneficiaries per year: 25000

Geographic areas served: Ephrata, PA and we facilitate people within a 100 plus mile radius. We affect people globally through our social media sites and website.

Programs: Art of Recycle is a community arts resource center for families, educators and the public. We offer a free crafting area, free teachers supplies, low-cost art materials to the public and assist children and special needs individuals with social skills education. At Art of Recycle we provide a free crafting area during our hours of operation, which is open and available to everyone of every age as long as they are capable of crafting at any skill level. Our crafting area is stocked full of all sorts of free crafting supplies that are donated to us by the community around us. We also provide the use of tools and equipment (such as sewing machines, hot glue guns, stamps, cutters and scissors, heat guns, and much more) that many people may not otherwise be able to afford, and we instruct people on how to use those tools if they need instruction. We are community supported. We have developed a thrifty craft store that is stocked with new and used items donated by the public. Revenue from the craft store helps to pay our rent, utilities, insurance and other overhead costs. The thrifty craft store is full of donated, new and slightly used, craft supplies that are sold at affordable prices making crafting an affordable hobby to anyone and everyone. Art is a necessity.

Community Stories

143 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This is an incredible organization and destination. I don't know where to begin! I teach and facilitate art education in several ways, and Art of Recycle will not only help me do it in a more ecological, economical, communal, and inspiring way - they'll do all that while growing from our connection and thereby helping more people with every patron they influence. My head was spinning from how sublimely impacting this model of cooperative economy can be.

Deanne Z.

Client Served

Rating: 5

My cousin told me about this store and their free teacher supply area. I do the elementary creative arts classes at Chiang Rai International Christian School in Thailand and the budget only comes to about $3 per child for the year. At Art of Recycle I load up on pom poms, cloth and sewing supplies, pipe cleaners, stickers, construction paper, markers, paper flowers, and anything else that inspires an idea to use in an art project. One time I was planning to buy wooden clothes pins for a rocking chair craft...i didn’t need the springs, just the wooden pieces. I checked out AoR before going to the store and here there was a big bag of wooden clothes pins with the springs removed! Exactly what I was looking for!
I’ve also found base 10 blocks and dice for our math teachers and black and red wires for science class...specific things I knew our teachers were looking for.

Kelly Z.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

When I’m crafting and need supplies of any kind, I go to art of recycle to see what I can find! It’s a great place to get a spark of imagination and creativity.

Sherman O.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love Art of Recycle, their store is always filled with amazing finds. The staff are helpful and seem to love being there.

I brought my friend who is a teacher to the store and she was able to use the free teachers area. She found some great items that allowed her to save over fifty dollars of her supply budget.

I’m happy to support them in any way I can. I think what they are doing is wonderful and I wish every area had such an amazing resource.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I love this place! I have gotten tons of supplies for my daughters birthday parties and for their various crafts! I love the wide variety of “stuff” I can find for my own projects too!

Ariana A.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love Art of Recycle! The first moment I went there it was as though someone was thinking the same way as me and made a store based off how I’ve always created. I love to take old and make new...I also love the variety of people that shop here. The staff is always so friendly and they do so much for the community. This is one of my favorite places to come and I never know what I’ll find.

Kristin Anderson I.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We love this place! Always something new every time we go. You have to take your time to search through everything so give yourself at least an hour to par-use! Kids can make a free craft in the coolest craft station ever. My only regret is not having one close to my home in Harrisburg!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This is a wonderful place to bring my children and teach them about reusing/repurposing and reducing waste. In addition to purchasing affordable craft supplies and little goodies, this place gives me a place to let my toddlers play and use their creativity even when it's yucky out.

Fayetta E.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Went to get some items for our Football Booster club and WOW just wow!
The amount of great items they have....You could spend hours upon hours there!!

Highly recommend any DIY'er to check out Art of Recycle!!
You won't be disappointed!!

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Art of Recycle has been so valuable to me and has open the doors to so many possibilites. I love crafting and creating wreaths but had not done so in many years due to the cost of supplies. Thru the Art of Recycle, I have been able to do many projects for my church and friends. I have also been able to create wreaths which i have sold as fundraisers to send my daughter & others on missions trips. I tell everyone to go there and to donate instead of throwing away, which is another aspect of the business i love - recycling instead of landfills! I have also enjoyed getting to know the owners, employees & volunteers there, they have become friends. But the Art of Recycle is so much more than a store, they help teach art thru classes and have free supplies for teachers. It is a wonderful and has changed my life.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love the creativity and imagination that’s stirred up while walking into and around art of recycle! Great selection of items, and an awesome place for teachers too!!!

Melissa F.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

Great place to visit!!!! Has lots of unique items and $$$ goes to a great place

Kathryn18

Client Served

Rating: 5

This is a magical shop where cast off treasures can become art supplies for your creative mind. My aunt lives in North Jersey, and whenever they come to visit she insists on a visit to Art of Recycle so that she can stock up on watercolor books and odd ends for her found art garden sculptures. The craft castle is a great place to take the kids where they can craft with the provided supplies for free and have a great time. There is an entire basement of free items for teachers to come and claim, but not only for teachers. I personally am an activity assistant for a senior care facility, and I have found great treasures there to take back to share with my residents. With so many schools cutting arts and creative pursuits, this is a place for children of all ages. The workeshops are offered regularly and are economical ways to try a new craft. There is a Unicorn Membership that will even allow for some free workshops and a discount on others. YOU NEED TO GO.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Excellent venue for parents and children to come craft. Small children may need some supervision, as small parts are easy to swallow, but most parents SHOULD already realize this. Ms. Chelas and Mr. Nobody Special are the creative directors for this wonderful wonderland of art and craft, and I know them both to have big hearts and exciting ideas. Mr. Special can be seen at the Ephrata Park on concert nights making balloon animals. They are a team! Go as soon as you can. This is a very neat addition to the artistic community of Ephrata. As an Activity Director in a local nursing home, I couldn't do what I do as easily without this great resource.

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Bryanna S.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Art of Recycle is one of the best nonprofits I’ve ever been to and worked/volunteered for. The mission here, to get art supplies out to the public at low prices and to teachers for free, ensures that the importance of art isn’t based on the cost, but the creation! This is definitely a light in the community and I wholeheartedly support the mission!

Tara H.2

Donor

Rating: 5

After recently learning that the organization Goodwill is a for-profit business that makes money off of your donations... I sought to find something more local that I knew was actually giving back to our community! I was more than thrilled to find these kind folks and started out as a shopper...more recently I gave a large amt of art supplies and deco before I moved. It felt so good to know it would be utilized! Thanks for all you do!

Amber Royer L.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Art of Recycle is the best. I always stop there first for my crafting needs. I am a teacher and appreciate so much the free resources that they provide. I never know what I’ll find there, it’s always an adventure!

Elzabeth M.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love everything about Art of recycle. Their mission, the staff, the building. I can honestly say finding them was life changing for me. A place with a laid back environment where I can spend time with my children. They love it. I don’t even have to spend money, but I do because I always find something cool in their awesome thrift shop. I have met so many nice people from the community, and have made life long friendships. I cannot say enough good things about Art of recycle I finally found a place I belong

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Absolutely the BEST craft resource in Lancaster county. Not only can you find just about anything you need for a project, but also very helpful people if you need a hand. From the Craft Castle to the teacher resource area, this judgement free zone is tops!

Kathy Kochick R.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

We just found this little gem of a store. I would go here over Micheals, Joanne Fabrics, AC Moore or Hobby Lobby. Their mission is such a worthy one. I work with special need children and parents really need an art outlet like this place. For teachers, this is the place to go for loose parts, really for anything. And the basement.....words can’t express enough how much I love this place. I don’t live in the area, but when we come back to town, this will be a definite stop.

Betsy C.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Art of Recycle is GREAT!!! I'm an occupational therapist at Intermediate 13 and also have a free mixed ability inclusive leisure program call Forever Friends at the Palmyra Grace Brethren Church. Art of Recycle has enabled me to improve the quality of our crafts. We are able to have wonderful crafts at Forever Friends programs and still keep our program free.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

On my first visit to Art of Recycle I was treated to a guided tour, an open discussion about the history of the organization and in depth pointers for starting a similar program of my own. After Mr. Nobody Special (a truly unfitting name for this generous individual) gave me this thorough tour, I shopped and also availed myself of the free teachers resources.

Art of Recycle offers so much to the community, a free children's art activity area, quality art and craft materials at an extreme bargain price, and a huge free teachers resource space. It's a brilliant way to promote art and support the community that it's based in.

Destiny W.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Amazing friendly staff great workshops with great experiences all around great place for people who are artistic eccentric and like to be different.

Lissa H.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

As a therapist and artist, I value the creative process as a means of healing and self exploration. Artistic expression is a means to inner peace, fulfillment and problem solving. Art of Recycle is my "go to" for materials, inspiration and "good energy." Staff, volunteers and workshop leaders are encouraging and positive role models for those entering this magical place. AoR is a much needed model that would be a welcome addition to every community. We are very blessed to have access to this wondrous experience. Keep up the great work!

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Art of Recycle
A place Artist in mind and in Spirit, The Classes enspire you no matter who you are ! Five Thumbs Up !

Great Place to Create.

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I can use almost any craft idea I might find with the kids in vacation Bible school or other youth groups for very little cost because any materials you could think of are there and the prices are astonishingly low!

1 Anne Cardinal M.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Art of Recycle's workshops have allowed my buried creativity to bubble to the surface. I am challenged and loving every minute of time spent creating here. Chelas, Mr. Nobody, and all the volunteers are so friendly and helpful. They give you ideas and encouragement. Several people including myself have been known to say during a workshop, "This is my happy place!" The first workshop I went to in Jan 18, a participant said, "I didn't know I'd been waiting all my life to do this!" I highly recommend Art of Recycle to anyone who wants to explore their creative side. They are a blessing to the community.

1 MrNobodySpecial

Board Member

Rating: 5

When we started Art of Recycle we thought our mission was to teach people to create art with recycled materials. We soon learned that was just how we did what we did. We changed our mission to accurately reflect our mission of "Healing and Growing Community, utilizing recycled art materials." Six years after incorporation and ten years after the seeds of starting we are still going strong and serving as a hub for people to meet and get to know one another.

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Board Member

Rating: 5

Art of Recycle is such a magical wonderland! We wanted to create a place that art could thrive, and does it ever! It makes my heart dance with joy to see the craft castle full of kids (and moms, dads, grandparents, etc.) all crafting away. I feel like I am at the beginning of a great adventure and I am so blessed to be a part of it.

I love being able to be a part (the narrator puppet) of the finger puppet theater. I get to see the creativity and silliness of kids creating stories and being able to help guide them in positive storylines where trouble is more often because of misunderstandings rather than evil intentions.

I am glad to see that the local community loves and needs and enjoys the center as much as I do. I get up every day excited to go volunteer, there isn't a happier place for me to be. I could go on and on but if you really want to experience and understand it you just have to get to Ephrata and come see it. It will change you too!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Love that teachers get free materials for their classrooms. Always enjoy shopping in their store, and the personnel are always friendly and helpful.

1 Bonnie M.2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this charming store & everything it does for the community! Can’t wait to go back! Yes, apparently you can buy happiness! ❤️

1 Heidi Reeder G.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I love this place. The owners are creative, forward thinking and have a wonderful vision. The store is full of unique ever -changing products affordable to everyone. The craft castle opens minds to explore your inner creativity. The generosity of the owners has made a huge impact on teachers by giving them free classroom materials. Many businesses could learn valuable lessons from this shop. Spread the word! This place offers a wonderful experience!

1 Tututfifa

Client Served

Rating: 5

There's something uplifting about seeing beauty and being able to make something beautiful with your own hands.
Just visiting this place is therapeutic, and taking part in one of the workshops is exhilarating: the options on the table, the chat with table-mates even though we've never met before; the buzzing of creative minds; the adrenaline rush in seeing your work coming together or the work next to you...
This non-profit also displays a cyclical economic model as it's giving a new life to old objects or making new from old, for pleasure or as a budding small business. AND, it find a place for things we don't see a use for or we discard, but a creative mind can transform into something beautiful.
I had been desiring to do this kind of art for a long time and now I was given the opportunity to do it in one night and end with with a finished product! Wonderful, right?
Bravo, Art of Recycle!!! Standing ovation!!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I had the opportunity to learn about Art of Recycle yesterday thanks to the reference from a kind stranger! For years I have utilized other thrift stores in the area for crafting supplies and have always wished for a place more focused on arts... I cannot believe that I had no idea this hidden treasure existed! No question about it, I plan on becoming a regular patron!

1 chelasmontanye

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Everyday I am amazed at the fantastic people that come together and help Art of Recycle become the place it has developed into. From our neighbors and friends, to organizations such as the Boy Scouts and the Girl Scouts, to the children in the neighborhood, to the teachers in the area and their students, to local church groups and local businesses. It's a team effort and it couldn't be done without so much community support. Thank you to everyone involved! Thank you for believing that this could be done!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Art of Recycle is all of our creative energies bundled up into one building. It was an idea that has grown faster than our imaginations could wander. The amount of people that utilize our services everyday and the number of organizations that we network with on a weekly basis is incredible and rapidly growing. At the pace we are developing at AoR will need a space ten times its size in only a few years. I can't thank people enough for supporting us the way that they do. Keep believing in us and we will continue to create! Thank you Ephrata!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Had a great time making mosiacs. The staff/volunteers were extremely helpful & went above & beyond to make everything perfect. I can't say enough great things about them.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been working with this organization for almost a year. My students with special needs have been volunteering and learning many important work skills and experiences. They are truly support our local community and give back so much!

Our students create crafts that are sold at the IU13 Winter and Spring Bazaar. Art of Recycle has given students their supplies for free and has helped to promote their mini business. Monies raised by the students go back to the students to provide them with opportunities many of them may never get to experience otherwise.
Art of Recycle has also done workshops with our students. They continues to share their gifts and creativity each day. They do ALL of this and do not take a paycheck.

God has blessed both Chelas and Nobody with an amazing gift. I personally am very grateful to have them as a part of the Ephrata community!