39 Blueberry Road
Portland, ME 04102 Phone: (207) 699-5565
Fax: (207) 699-5566
Email: ruths3rs@yahoo.com
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Help us celebrate 20 years of Ruth’s Reusable Resources!


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Welcome to Ruth's Reusable Resources



     All artists are invited to participate in the “Good-to-be-Green Gala” to benefit Ruth’s Reusable Resources on June 20th. As inspiration, they might consider using recycled and re-purposed materials, such as those that Ruth offers. All donated artwork will be auctioned off during her major fund-raising event. Artists may choose to donate all of the sale price to benefit the 3R’s mission or to have half of the auction price returned to them. Artwork made from non-recycled sources is also more than welcome!


     Ruth is offering free supplies to assist in creating the artwork. These will be available for pick up at the store’s location at 39 Blueberry Rd. in Portland, ME on Sat. April 12 from 9:30am to 2pm. Artists are invited to come and choose materials that inspire them. A variety of other recycled materials will be also available for purchase from Ruth’s 4-Public Store.


     This event celebrates 20 years of Ruth’s Reusable Resources (3R’s) non-profit mission to ensure that students and classrooms in Maine have the basic tools for learning by transferring the community’s surplus supplies and merchandise to the hands of students and teachers. This is accomplished through a 28,000 square foot warehouse and store where new and gently used furniture, paper, books, office supplies, art supplies, and more – donated from 600+ businesses nationwide – are stacked from floor to ceiling.


     Today, 71,000 students and 9,600 teachers benefit from the program. In 20 years, 3R’s has successfully diverted millions of pounds of reusable materials from Maine landfills, and transferred more than $49 million worth of supplies to the hands of Maine children.


     “This is a wonderful opportunity for area artists to partner with us in creating truly unique mixed media works of art, gain visibility for their work, and network with other artists,” says Ruth Libby, Founder and CEO.


     The Good-to-be-Green Gala begins at 5pm with a gallery exhibition of all the artists’ work, food and drink, live music, tours of Ruth’s facility, and a silent auction followed by a live auction. We hope you will join us! Interested artists can download the attached donation form. You’ll find more information at www.ruths.org or by calling 207-699-5565.

Click here for the form to submit artwork


Click here for the form to make other donations

In April, the Bangor Savings Bank Foundation will give a total of $100,000 to 68 local non-profit organizations. This year Ruth’s Reusable Resources (3R’s) is on the ballot! Voting for 3R’s will help those in our community recognize that what we do, does matter and most of all to you. Please share this campaign with friends, family and neighbors to vote, it really will make a difference. Voting for the 2014 Campaign Starts February 1st To vote: http://www.bangor.com/Community-Support/Community-Matters-More.aspx

Ruth’s Reusable Resources Celebrates its 20th Year



3Rs will celebrate 20 years in the community this June! An event will be held on June 20, 2014 here at 3R's to mark the anniversary, thank supporters, and raise both awareness and funds to support future growth.


If you would like to be a contributing factor in this event, please email info@ruths.org   Updates will be posted on this site and on Facebook, but for now, save the date!



Pair of Maine Icons Donate to 3Rs



Two high-profile companies, Tom’s of Maine and Hannaford Supermarkets, have made donations totaling $25,000 to Ruth’s Reusable Resources (3R’s). The $15,000 gift from Tom’s of Maine is being used to upgrade Ruth’s phone system, improve shipping methods, and purchase an electric pallet jack. The $10,000 Hannaford donation will help purchase new computers and hardwire Ruth’s distribution center.


Hannaford’s gift marks its second to Ruth’s Reusable Resources, the first coming when the organization operated from Bessey School in Scarborough.


“These donations have not only bolstered our ability to make better use of work space; they’re also making the work day much easier and satisfying for our small staff and large corps of volunteers,” Many thanks to Hannaford and Tom's of Maine!


Teacher Store Hours


The Teacher Store is OPEN for our 20th Year!


Tuesday    3pm-6pm

Wed/Thur  1pm-6pm

Saturday    9am-2pm



Public Store Hours

Tuesday     3pm-6pm

Wed/Thur  1pm-6pm

Saturday    9am-2pm


Items are modestly priced. Located at the entrance of the Teacher Store. Come in and check it out!

3R's needs YOUR help!

Please Click here to donate $$$ now. Thank You!


Am I a member?


Please call us to see if your school or organization is currently a member.

Join 3R's



Learn firsthand what a valuable and affordable resource 3R's is to Maine schools and communities. Please join us to see what teachers already know!


It's our 20th year! Ruth's Reusable Resources welcomes you back for member shopping. We have lots of great supplies stocked and ready for your shopping visit.


Please note that your school or organization MUST be a paid 2013-2014 member before staff can shop.


Are you a full-time Ed Tech? You may shop for NON-limited items only.


NOTE: Only approved member school and nonprofit staff may enter the member store. Please do not bring children, spouses, or other guests.


If you are a school or non-profit looking to join, please email us for an application at ruths3rs@yahoo.com.


Good-to-be-Green Gala

Calling all Artist to the Good-to-be-Green Gala  to benefit Ruths Reusable Resources

YES! We will be open regular hours during the April  vacation week!