July 2020

Art Kit Volunteer
Rheaply Earth Day Challenge
Updates ::  News You Can Use
Celebrate INTERdependence Day!

With Coronavirus upon us, and social and political upheavals almost daily, perhaps it is time to celebrate and strengthen our INTER-dependence, rather than our IN-dependence.   Despite the refrain of The Osmonds (remember them?), one "bad apple" can spoil the whole bunch, so we must look after all our apples.  We are only as healthy as the sickest among us, only as free as the most imprisoned, only as rich as the most in need.  Be safe, stay close to home this weekend and we hope to see you soon! 
Summer Fun :: Art Kit + Warehouse Volunteers Needed!

The Chicago Park District is welcoming 4,000 campers for a summer unlike any other. Park Staff have done an amazing job quickly planning summer activities under new safety protocols but have limited supplies for art activities.   We're helping them out with "Art Kits" so they can use creative reuse to make their own Imagination Journals, Zero-Waste Weaving, Shape Robots, Recyclo-Pouches and more... 

Art Kit Volunteers:  Help us organize and assemble fun art kits to distribute to summer campers at Parks across the city!   

Tuesdays & Thursdays from 1pm-5pm 
Dates:  July 7, 9, 14, 16, 21 and 23

Use the following link to sign-up:

Warehouse  Volunteers:   We ALWAYS need help sorting and organizing donations!  Teachers especially welcome and volunteers get "dibs."

Wednesdays & Saturdays from 10am - 2:30pm.   
If you would like to lend a hand,  sign up here.

Location: CCRX Warehouse/Frick Center at 2124 W. 82nd Place

Parking: There is a parking lot just west of the building and street parking.

Enter through the front door, there is a sign-in and temperature check upon entry.  Anyone with a temperature over 100 degrees will not be able to participate.

Reminders:  Wear a mask, closed-toed shoes, bring snacks & water. Dress comfortably for the warm warehouse.  Please help us stay safe and stay home if you are sick!

Volunteer from Home: We always need help with our website, social media, updating email lists, graphic design, making supercrayons, 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.

CCRx Wins Rheaply Earth Day Challenge
CCRx is excited to announce we won Rheaply's first Earth Day Challenge.

The challenge was open to anyone interested in sustainability and the circular economy.  Rheaply asked entrants to submit creative solutions to reducing material waste in our communities.

"There were many great ideas submitted for the Earth Day Challenge, which made selecting the winner very difficult," said Tom Feracotta, VP at Rheaply. "We appreciated the creativity and thought that went into each submission.
Congrats to Creative Chicago Reuse Exchange (CCRX)"  for winning our Earth Day Challenge!

Read more about Rheaply and the Earth Day Challenge

Educator Supply Pickup, Part 2
CCRx followed up on our collaboration with the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation's Supply Giveaway in May with a 3-Day Teacher Supply Pick-up in June!

With a "Parking Lot Pick-up"  from our warehouse on the SW side, we provided 182 Chicago teachers with over 600 items -- ranging from printers and laminators to whiteboards, markers and flash cards!    We enjoyed meeting them and helping them out.   

Thanks to all our volunteers who boxed up supplies for every teacher -- it was certainly a labor of love!!   And to the Chicago Furniture Bank for providing desks and more.  
News You Can Use

Call for Artists in Residence for SW Side

Are you an artist in our neighborhood? The City is looking for an artist / team to engage and oversee public art / community-based projects in Auburn - Gresham and Englewood neighborhoods (as well as Austin and New City).

Extra Credit!  Take the Census
For every person in Chicago counted on the Census, the City will get about $1,400 to use for schools, parks, bridges and other infrastructure.  It adds up!   TAKE THE CENSUS HERE!

About CCRx
While Covid-19 virus is upon us, CCRx is postponing regular warehouse hours and will not accept donations made without an appointment.  Please visit our website for updates on donation policy, volunteering, and how to access supplies.   Be safe!
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.  Please share this with others who'd be interested too.

The Creative Chicago Reuse Exchange (CCRx) is a 501c3 nonprofit committed to the creative reuse and redistribution of surplus materials to 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!

Help pay our staff -- 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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The CCRx Warehouse is located at 2124 W. 82nd Place, Chicago 60620.

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