February 2021

Have a Heart -- Lend a Hand
Classroom PPE

Rx Products + Kits
In the Warehouse / Special Ask
Donate, Shop, Volunteer
Have a Heart -- Lend a Hand


Join CCRx for the 9th annual Chicago Volunteer Expo on Sunday February 21!

This year's Chicago Volunteer Expo will be hosted virtually with opportunities to connect one-on-one with 80+ nonprofit organizations from across Chicago -- including CCRx!  Learn how you can lend a hand, whether your passion is the environment, the arts, or social justice, there’s a volunteer opportunity waiting for you.

To best accommodate the most visitors, this year's expo will be split into three sessions starting at 10am and ending at 4pm. 

Register now to reserve your spot!

Visit for more information and to view a list of sponsors and participating organizations.  Be ready to start conversations, get inspired, and give back!
Classroom PPE at CCRx

Returning to the classroom?  Get PPE at CCRx!
  • Face Shields  Laser-cut face shields provided by the Chicago Knights Robotics Team.  Two clear plastic, adjustable shields per sheet.  Easy to punch out and assemble.  Free of charge to Chicago teachers, limit 10.
  • Face Masks   We have several styles of surgical masks that were printed for special events.  They offer protection and are fun conversation starters!  Free of charge, limit 10.
  • Social Distancing Wands    For your classroom, a colorful 5' tall cardboard tube will easily illustrate how far apart everyone needs to be.   Buy one made by the Artists of Envision for $15, or get the tubes and paper to make your own.   A fun class project!
 Rx Products + DIY Kits

Rx Imagination Journals, Recyclo-Pouches and DIY Imagination Journal Kits are wonderful examples of creative reuse made from donated supplies.    These and more can be purchased at our warehouse or online store.  And, start planning your Mardi Gras Zoom Party with our DIY Make Masks Fun Again Kits.   

In the Warehouse
Purchase online for parking lot pick-up or Book an appointment to shop at the warehouse.   
  • Aluminum Silk Screen Frames, various sizes, from Spudnik Press  $5-20
  • Noah's Ark by PLAN Toys from the Art Institute of Chicago  $15
  • Roy Lichtenstein Art Kits from See the Vision, Grab the Vision  $20
  • Vintage Kasparov Conquistador Computer Chess Computer $45
  • Vintage Beseler 23c II Photo Enlargers $225
  • Calculators, various
  • Glaesel Acoustic Upright Double Bass with case and bow from Empire tv series $1,000
  • New Zealand Wool Yarn - various colors, carpet weight 
  • Student desks and chairs from Maine Township School System $40 ea
  • Whiteboards starting at $5
  • Printers and Projectors starting at $20
  • and more...
Special Ask
Readers, Sewing Kits and those Wire Coffee Bag Closers...

We will put your old reading glasses, sewing travel kits, and those plastic-coated wire coffee bag closers to good use! 

Gather some up, ask your friends and neighbors, and schedule a time to drop them off at the warehouse.  T

Donate, Shop, Volunteer



Shop the Warehouse   Anyone associated with a Chicago school, nonprofit or community group can Shop Online for Parking Lot Pickup or Shop the Warehouse.  Bring your ID or 501c3 Letter.

Volunteer  We welcome volunteers over age 14,  but limit our numbers to no more than five/shift.  Or Volunteer from home.  Volunteers can fill a box for every shift!  Sign up here.

About CCRx

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.  CCRx is located at 2124 W. 82nd Place, Chicago, in the Envision Unlimited Frick Center.  Entrance via the parking lot.  Masks, social distancing and temperature checks are mandatory.  See our COVID protocols for more info. 

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.    

Questions?  Comments?  Ideas?   Contact us at     

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