Reusefest: Opportunity You Can't Refuse
Local nonprofits benefit from one-day donation
Saturday, Sept. 7
Reusefest is a one-day drop off event where the general public can bring in gently-used materials for nonprofits in the area. Sponsored by UPMC Hamot and The Erie Community Foundation, The Pennsylvania Resources Council (PRC) hopes this event will teach Erie community members how they can have an impact instead of filling local landfills, while learning about local nonprofits.
"We see it as a convenient option for the public to donate gently used items," said Sarah Shea, the PRC's education program coordinator. "It's the one time you can really connect with a number of different non-profits at once and see where it's going."
The nonprofits include Dress for Success, Embracing Our Veterans, Mercy Center for Women, Erie City Mission, The ANNA Shelter, Green Scene Thrift, Chosen International Medical Assistance, Goodwill Industries, and Habitat for Humanity.
Materials being accepted range from clothing and accessories to medical supplies, furniture, buildable materials, office supplies and towels, as well as many more.
Ruth Thompson, founder and director of The ANNA Shelter, said "every penny counts" when it comes to these events.
"It's a real blessing," said Thompson. Not having to spend money on towels and basic pet and office supplies for their business allows them to focus on emergency medical needs such as a dog hit by a car who needs veterinary attention.
"Hopefully the event is successful enough to continue for years to come," Shea said. — Chloe Forbes
10 a.m. to 2 p.m. // 380 E. Bayfront Pkwy. // For a list of accepted materials, visit prc.org/reuse