Local nonprofit opens Re-Use Center

Comprehensive Community Solutions, Inc., a local nonprofit organization, announces the June 1 opening of Salvage Too—Rockford Re-Use Center at 907 S. Main St. The mission of the Center is “to take useful products discarded by those who no longer want or need them, and provide them to those who do.”

A special Sneak Preview of the Center will be held May 27 when the Center will be open to special guests (invitation only) from 10 a.m. to noon, and then to the general public from noon to 4 p.m. The Re-Use Center is an innovative enterprise that will convert huge amounts of landfill-bound waste into valuable community assets. Through the sale of recovered and donated building materials, computers and other household items, and environmentally sound deconstruction services, CCS will generate needed revenue for its programs. The project will also help protect the environment, create jobs and training opportunities, and help reduce the effects of poverty.

Since 2001, CCS has been operating Project Welcome Home, a community furniture bank, that accepts donations of used but useable furniture that is made available to low-income families in need. The Re-Use Center will allow the agency to continue its commitment to Project Welcome Home, while expanding the types of donated items it accepts.

The donated items will be made available to the general public at the Re-Use Center and will include appliances, tools, building materials, office equipment and furniture, electronics/computers, and a few “unusual items.” The Re-Use Center will also sell used building materials to low-income housing developers, homeowners, tenants and artisans to improve their homes and communities and to supply low-income business ventures with raw materials at affordable prices. The Center will also generate job training and employment opportunities, including appliance and furniture repair.

“This program will benefit its customers, and has the added advantage of benefiting the environment and the community,” said Kerry Knodle, executive director of the agency. “In a community renowned for its dedication to recycling, this program will combine recycling with the access to recycled materials.

Hours of operation after June 1 will be Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Volunteers will be needed to work in the warehouse and help with pickup and delivery of items. Individuals or businesses interested in donating items should contact the Center at 963-6236. An online catalog of items for sale will be available soon at www.youthbuildrockford.org.

From the May 24-30, 2006, issue

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