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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Education, Educational Services

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

Community Stories

5 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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!

Shar M.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.