March 2021

Be Safe!  Wand Workshops
One Earth Film Fest

Get Fleeced at the Warehouse
We've been busy at CCRx -- fixing up the warehouse,  creative reuse products + kits and our online market, along with a bunch of other things that a start-up nonprofit needs.    If you haven't been to the warehouse lately, you have a treat in store next time you visit!

At last we are poised to start some new Volunteer Opportunities for those folks who signed up on our General Volunteering Interest form.   

In addition to the always popular "Sorting + Arranging at the Warehouse" (which can be done Wed - Sat by booking a Volunteer appointment here), new Volunteer Opportunities include help with Fabrication, Communications and Donations.


Start by participating in a brainstorm conversation that taps into your knowledge as a maker, a teacher in search of creative solutions, a parent, a student, a member of the community.

Brainstorm!  Sparking Ideas for Reuse Purposes (virtual)
We'll provide a list of our 10 most abundant supplies and the group will brainstorm together on different reuse purposes for these various supplies and what types of kits we might be able to make.  All the ideas will be documented by a facilitator and we'll then look to see how we make these ideas come to life!    Led by Jamie Yang.  Info + Registration


Help spread the word about creativity and reuse in Chicago.   Do you have a specific platform -- Instagram, Linked In, Facebook, etc. -- or community you engage with?   Join us!    We're building a team for social media, blogging, email, web, online markets and various outreach activities.    Sign up for a Zoom Info Session to learn more.  Info + Registration


Stay tuned for information about holding your own Green Out! Supply Donation Drive.
Be Safe!   Social Distancing Wand Workshops

Social Distancing Wands 
are colorful 5' long cardboard tubes that help demonstrate how far apart everyone needs to be in the classroom or shop in order to be safe.   Buy one made by the Artists of Envision for $15, or make your own at our Wand Workshops with Mrs GG. March 20 + 27   Info + Registration

Also available for teachers + nonprofits:
  • Face Masks   Spread Love, Not Germs!  We have several styles of surgical masks that were printed for special events, courtesy of For Your Party.  They offer protection and are fun conversation starters!  Free of charge, limit 20.
  • 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.
  • Cloth Mask DIY Kits    Get all the materials you need plus instructions to sew cloth face masks for yourself, family and friends.   
One Earth Film Festival

If you love movies and you care about your health, your community and our planet, sign up for the 10th annual One Earth Film Festival, March 5–14, 2021.

Watch more than 25 outstanding short and feature-length films that shine a light on solutions and actions addressing climate, environmental justice, conservation, waste and more. 

Most film watch parties are free (suggested $8 donation). Advance registration is highly recommended. Find our festival schedule and reserve your tickets.

Get Tickets Today
Now at the Warehouse -- Get Fleeced!
  • Printers and Projectors starting @ $20
  • Giant skeins of New Zealand Wool Yarn
  • Aluminum Silk Screen Frames, various sizes, from Spudnik Press 
  • Vintage Beseler 23c II Photo Enlargers
  • Acoustic Upright Double Bass from Empire tv series
  • Fleece in many patterns 
  • Mat board, pastel paper and large foam board
  • Calculators and Microscopes
  • Student desks and chairs from Maine Township
  • Whiteboards starting at $5
  • and more...
Purchase online for parking lot pick-up or Book an appointment to shop at the warehouse.   
 Rx Products + DIY Kits

Rx Imagination Journals, Recyclo-Pouches and DIY Imagination Journal Kits are creative reuse products made from donated supplies that make great gifts!   Purchase at our warehouse or online store.    

Special Ask
Dressers and Mattresses Needed, along with Readers, Sewing Kits and Coffee Closers

Our friends at the Chicago Furniture Bank need dressers and mattresses for families in transitional housing.   If you have some to donate, contact them here.

And WE need your old reading glasses, sewing travel kits, and those plastic-coated wire coffee bag closers for mask sewing projects.   Gather some up, ask your friends and neighbors, and schedule a time to drop them off at the warehouse.  

Donate, Shop, Volunteer
Meet Fawkes, our furriest Volunteer!
He helped model some of the hats that were recently donated.  Good job, Fawkes!

Volunteer  We welcome volunteers of all species who are over age 14,  but limit our numbers to no more than five/shift.  Or Volunteer from home.  Volunteers can fill a box for themselves for every shift they work.  Sign up here.

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.
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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