November 2020

Pumpkin Smash Today!
CreepyCreative Winner
Specialists + Ebay Sellers Wanted
At the Warehouse, Covid Protocol
Pumpkin Smash 2020


What will you do with your pumpkin after Halloween? 

Don’t let it rot in landfill!   Bring your jack-o-lantern to SCARCE's annual Pumpkin Smash to be composted – nature’s method of recycling.

Click here for a map of Pumpkin Smash Locations.

Pumpkins are accepted from 9am-12pm TODAY unless otherwise noted. 
Participating locations can  be found throughout Illinois. 

How to Smash? Bring your plain, clean pumpkins of any size, as well as pumpkins painted with acrylic paint. Any pumpkin decorations such as candles, yarn, stickers or other decorations should be removed prior to drop-off.   You can Smash it, or they will for you!

Can't make the Smash?  Compost your own pumpkin -- here's how.

Why Compost?   By composting your pumpkin, you are keeping waste out of landfills, reducing greenhouse gas emissions, and creating a natural fertilizer for our soil.  Learn more.   

It’s going to be a smashing good time!
#CreepyCreative Contest Winner


Congratulations to the winner of CCRx's first "CreepyCreative Costume Contest"!!

In the category of Home Decor , our winner is Ebelia Hernandez, ABellaPlan.  Her entries were the creepiest and most creative!   Ebella will receive a CCRx shopping spree and a CCRx goody bag featuring  a "Trash is just a Failure of Imagination" t-shirt.    #Creativechirx   #CCRx   #CreepyCreative 


Wanted:  Subject Matter Specialists + EBay Sellers

We need to find homes for niche objects that get donated -- like Lionel Trains and Vintage Watches -- within and beyond our normal audience, so we are building a team of Subject Matter Specialists and EBay Sellers for specific categories of donated items.   

Subject Matter Specialists will oversee how items are organized in the warehouse; make referrals to potential recipients, such as teachers, nonprofits, community groups; and sometimes refer items for online sales to our CCRx Ebay Sellers / Charity Shop.  EBay Sellers will offer select items in our EBay Charity Shop. 

Both Specialists and Sellers will start on a volunteer basis and we will negotiate in-kind renumeration and possible contract employment.   Together we'll help Chicago teachers + Nonprofits get materials and inspiration they need and keep great things out of the landfill!

Learn more here

Shopping at the Warehouse
CCRx serves Chicago teachers, non-profit organizations and community groups.  Bring your ID.  

The CCRx warehouse is at 2124 W. 82nd Place and open Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays by appointment only.    Up to 5 people can shop by appointment every hour.   Masks, social distancing and temperature checks are mandatory.  See our COVID protocols below.  

Our warehouse pricing system covers:
  • "Basics"    $5 to fill a small box with pens, pencils, markers, post-its and more, $20 for a large box of office supplies, arts + crafts, teacher resources, science and textiles.
  • "Special Finds"   Furniture, printers, computers, lighting, shelving, collectibles, other specialized equipment are priced as marked - priced to move! 
  • "Always Free"  Binders, Office Organizers,  Fabric Scraps,  Books - Class Sets,  Vinyl Banners, Raw Materials + Multiples.
Click here to schedule a Shopping Appointment.
We ALWAYS need help sorting and organizing donations, and we are open to all volunteers over age 15.   Masks, social distancing, sanitizing, closed-toed shoes are de rigueur.   Shifts are open Wednesdays through Saturdays.   If you would like to lend a hand,  sign up here.

Volunteer from Home   Prefer to work from home?  Help us make Supercrayons and Recycloponies!   Blog posts and social media.  Update our email lists.  Graphic design...  and more.   Fill in our General Volunteer Interest Form and we'll be in touch!   You will also be on the list for special volunteer opportunities.

Make an appointment to volunteer at the Warehouse! 
Covid Protocols
We wanted to update you on the protocols we are taking at the CCRx Warehouse to alleviate the risk of COVID-19.    We have lots of space and lots of stuff, so we continue to operate 4 days / week for Shopping, Donating and Volunteering.
  • All Warehouse visits are by appointment only.   Every person must hav an appointment. 
  • Everyone must wear a mask at all times and hand sanitize upon entry.
  • Everyone must do a temperature and symptom check that's recorded upon entry, enabling contact tracing if needed.  If your temperature is over 100.3° you are not allowed entry. 
  • Social Distancing is enforced. (see our "Social Distancing Wands")
  • Sanitizer, gloves, face shields, disinfectant wipes and spray are used and available.
  • Restrooms are not available.
  • CCRx tools and equipment are wiped down after use.
  • Doors are open for ventilation (if it's cold, dress warm!)
Please contact us if you have questions.   

About CCRx
You are receiving this email because you signed up, attended one of our events, or we thought you would be interested in creative reuse in Chicago.   The Creative Chicago Reuse Exchange (CCRx) is a 501c3 nonprofit committed to the creative reuse and redistribution of surplus materials for Chicago teachers, non-profits, arts and community groups.  We are grateful for support from the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation, Art Works Fund/Chicago Community Trust, Harper Court Arts Council, the Field Foundation, the Illinois Arts Council (a state agency), Montgomery Ward Foundation, the Chicago Department of Cultural Affairs and Special Events, many individual donors... and YOU!   

Please consider a financial gift to the 
Creative Chicago Reuse Exchange (CCRx).  You can donate via Paypal Giving Fund, or send a check to CCRx, 5530 S. Shore Drive 15b, Chicago IL  60637.   All donation are tax-deductible.    

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