The RE Store gives back
The RE Store thrives in a robust community of customers, donors and volunteers. We complete the cycle of giving by donating gift certificates and salvaged materials to organizations working towards a more sustainable and resilient community.
Here is a sample of some of the many organizations to whom we have contributed materials and gift certificates:
Bellingham / Whatcom County
Common Threads Farm
Common Threads Farm is dedicated to sharing the joy of food with our youth through hands-on opportunities from learning how to grow nutritious foods themselves to understanding the impact they can have on their own bodies and their community. Materials from The RE Store were able to help build a 10×12 ft shed to protect tools from the rain.
The ReEntry coalition provides valuable services aimed at supporting those who are re-entering their community after incarceration. By aiding them with housing and job search these men and women are able to become valued members of their community. The RE Store has contributed funds to help with projects and fundraising events.
LEAD Program, WWU
Western Washingtonʼs L.E.A.D. program brings together students and community members with projects geared towards preserving our environment. Volunteers contribute in a variety of ways including clearing local trails, wetland restoration and fostering the growth of native plant species. Garden tools and other materials were contributed to L.E.A.D. by The RE Store.
Three Rivers School
The Three Rivers Educational Cooperative provides homeschool children with a creative approach to learning through a range of mixed-age classes. From world history, to Shakespeare, to African drumming, they strive to inspire curiosity and cultivate leadership skills in a fun educational environment. The RE Store has donated to Three Rivers for fundraising events and helped supply materials for a bathroom addition for their facility.
Lookout Arts Quarry
The Lookout Arts Quarry calls together any and all artists to nurture and share their talents by providing opportunities and resources to expand knowledge of the preforming arts. Keep an eye out for one of their events or stop by the quarry and see for yourself! The annual ShʼBang festival boasts such events as a soapbox car race, juggling, dancing, wood chopping, a fire show and much more! The RE Store has supplied materials to the Lookout Arts Quarry for their splendidly wacky events.
After suffering a chainsaw accident which nearly left him without an arm, community members and organizations such as The RE Store came together, donating their time and materials, to build Jerry Bajama a new one-bedroom house, his previous home in Van Zandt having been damaged by a fire.
Lydia Place provides transitional housing to the homeless along with additional support in order to help families become independent. Their work stems from the core belief that basic human needs such as housing must be met in order for someone to realize their full potential. The RE Store has contributed materials for their fund-raising events as well as paint and other materials for facility improvements
The Neighborhood Playhouse
With performances aimed at young audiences, The Neighborhood Playhouse’s goal is to allow both cast and audience to gain new perspectives on the world, spreading enthusiasm and optimism. They also provide summer drama camps for kids in grades K-12. Reclaimed materials from The RE Store have been used on their theater sets.
Bellinghamʼs Alternative Library is your source for rare books on a wide array of topics. Members play an active role in running the library and voting on new materials to be purchased with the proceeds. The RE Store has given the Alternative Library materials to help them improve their space in the Make.Shift compound.
The Lexicon of Sustainability – Washington State University Whatcom County Extension
Through the Lexicon of Sustainability we are able to gain a true understanding of the terms being used in association with the things we consume. In this way we are able to ensure the promotion of quality products. With countless projects taking place all across the nation, hosted by individuals committed to making a difference, thereʼs something for everyone and plenty of opportunity to get involved! Lumber was supplied for Lexicon displays by The RE Store.
The Whatcom Dream is to help people out of poverty through education and counseling on financial literacy. Providing aid in many arenas from debt management to overcoming addiction. Partnering with other organizations they aim to decrease crime rates in local neighborhoods.
Animals as Natural Therapy
Located on a 5-acre farm, Animals as Natural Therapy works to teach valuable life skills using the special bond between humans and animals, especially horses. As a nonprofit organization, they work tirelessly to provide this life changing opportunity to everyone, regardless of income. The RE Store has contributed for their fund-raising events.
Jubilee Farmʼs community supported agriculture program provides freshly grown organic produce throughout the year at a bargain price. The farm creates a welcoming environment for anyone interested in learning about the farming process, working with their hands or simply enjoying the view. In exchange for a small fee or through work-share opportunities, members receive a large box of delicious and healthy fruits and vegetables. Materials donated to Jubilee Farm helped them improve their farm facilities.
Food Not Bombs
Food Not Bombs is a volunteer based organization dedicated to providing free vegetarian food to those in need while protesting for social change. Individually run chapters can be found across the globe and are often seen handing out food to other activists during events such as marches or strikes. The RE Store contributed items to update the Food Not Bombs food cart, helping them meet Whatcom County Health Codes
Center for Local Self-Reliance
Upon hearing that the fate of the Caretakers House located in Fairhaven park may be in jeopardy, the Center for Local Self-Reliance quickly assembled and partnered with the RE Sources organization to take on the task of restoring the house and surrounding land with the hope of promoting education on gardening and food preservation. The RE Store has been a supporter of this great organization, contributing materials for remodeling projects at the Center.
Seattle / King County
Phinney Neighborhood Association
Concordia Lutheran School
Community Alliance for Global Justice
Center for Wooden Boats / Quick & Daring Race
Washington Toxics Coalition
Washington Wilderness Coalition
Ballard Senior Center
Spruce Street School
St. Catherine School
Cascade Peoples Center
TOPS Public School
Hilltop Children’s Center
Mosaic Coffee House
Sound Mental Health
Lettuce Link/Solid Ground
Contact Samantha at samanthah[at]re-store[dot]org for more information about requesting a donation from The RE Store.