HOW DOES THE "ART IS A NECESSITY" PROGRAM WORK?
Art of Recycle's program involves providing free art materials to local organizations who are in need of art materials for their students/clients because their organization's activity programs do not include enough funds for needed art materials.
Any organization, teacher, caretaker or facilitator who is directly involved with providing arts and crafts activities for children, senior or people with special needs.
- Senior Centers
- Homeschooler Groups Teachers
- Youth Clubs
- Organizations facilitating people with special needs
WHAT AND HOW MUCH CAN ART OF RECYCLE SUPPLY?
The process is simple:
Visit Art of Recycle and pre-register your organization at the register counter by showing ID and a business card or letter head with your organization's logo and EIN# if applicable. Ask to see the teachers resource area to check out the free supplies available to teachers.
We currently have large quantities of plastic plates, paper plates, styrofoam cups, tin trays, styrofoam trays, magnifying glasses, kids paint brushes, plastic disposable table covers, elmers glue, plastic containers, plaster of paris, pipe cleaners, plastic straws, cardboard tubes, paper flowers, paper prints of watercolor scenes, wood dowels, wood scraps, Popsicle sticks, wooden chop sticks, D sized batteries, mini light bulbs, food coloring, fabric scraps, fabric flowers, bubble wrap, snow cone cups, empty water bottles, small styrofoam balls, picture frames, ziplock baggies, plastic test tubes, plastic petri dishes, crayons, pencils, pens, markers, paper, construction paper, binders, folders, stickers, paints, scotch tape, scrapbooking paper scraps, notebooks, loose leaf paper, stickers, candle wax, wax paper, pipettes, index cards, egg cartons, ping pong balls.
Any other items would be limited to small quantities and what we would have on hand in our store. You never know what you will find in the free teacher area on a daily basis. Visit often, take as much as you need from the free teacher area as you need it. Art of Recycle sells the items in our thrifty craft store to create the funding necessary to keep Art of Recycle running properly. Spread the word to donate to Art of Recycle, because the more that we receive then the more we can help teachers get the materials that they need.
If you are looking for larger quantities of materials or specialized items then visit or call Art of Recycle at 717-466-6966 or contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org and tell us about your need. Art of Recycle may or may not have what you need, but we have created a network and we may be able to get you into contact with the people that could help you. Our own space is limited but our network is huge.
Art of Recycle's Thrifty Craft Store is limited to what we have on hand. Our supplies consist of what the public has generously donated to our cause. If you are interested in donating to help us reach our goals then visit our DONATE page to learn more.
If you are a business or organization that would like to join our network because you need materials or have recycled materials or seconds that you would like to make available to our cause, then CONTACT US with your information.
Art of Recycle is a 501c3 organization located in the heart of downtown Ephrata.
WHY IS ART OF RECYCLE DOING THIS?
Teachers have limited budgets to spend on their students, many spend much of their personal income on school materials for their students. Some teachers have no budget at all, and some students have no form of paying for pencils or paper, the basic needs to earning an education. We provide these necessary materials to the teachers in our communities as far away as Virginia, New Jersey, Maryland, Delaware and our own state of Pennsylvania. If they can drive to us then we can give them the materials that we have available.
We do not limit our program to only art teachers. Because Art of Recycle believes that art is a fundamental need, all students benefit from art in all classrooms. Art is probably one of the most stress relieving and therapeutic ways of healing your body and mind, it also assists in the development of critical thinking skills, yet we have discovered that many people in our local communities have no way of affording the necessity of art in their lives.
We believe that art and music belong in the same category as diet and exercise, and people who are robbed of the ability to create art because of economic hardship live a life of the lowest quality.
To Learn more about Art of Recycle and why we do the things we do visit our ABOUT AoR page.
HOW IS ART OF RECYCLE DOING ALL OF THIS?
Art of Recycle is doing this because of YOU.
YOUR donations make it all happen.
The staff of Art of Recycle works hard at organizing everything and making it all run smoothly, but it's your donations that are supporting our efforts. DONATE your excess craft supplies and support a plethora of local organizations and schools in need.
Join our efforts, get involved. Join our super team and make us stronger. Contact us to VOLUNTEER today.