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!
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!!!!!!!!
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 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 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 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.
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.
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 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!