To provide every Maine child with the variety and quality of supplies needed to succeed in school.
Our mission is to ensure that students in classrooms Pre K - 12 grade have the basic tools for learning, by transferring surplus business supplies and merchandise into the hands of school children through teachers.
We believe in happy endings. Each day, throughout the school year, children in Maine attend school without needed pencils, paper, and other basic supplies. At the same time, businesses in Maine dispose of these same basic items. 3R’s bridges the gap between business and education by transferring those unwanted supplies to children and their teachers. It is working! Since 1994, 3R’s has given away more than $60 million worth of surplus furniture, paper, books, office supplies and computers to schools and non-profits.
In the end, it’s good for kids, education, the environment, and businesses.
3R’s is in its 23rd year of service to schools and non-profits. 3R’s began in Ruth Libby's basement, then moved to one room in the Oak Hill Grammar School and eventually to Bessey School in Scarborough. Thanks to Unum and a grant from The State of Maine Department of Education, in 2007 the organization was able to move to a former Unum warehouse on Blueberry Road in Portland.
3Rs had roots in a note from Ruth's son's kindergarten teacher requesting household items such as egg cartons, meat trays, juice can lids, for use in craft projects. The right person was being asked because Ruth was a saver, as was her mother, a Unum employee, who was saving things as well. For a few years Ruth delivered these items to the school: this was followed by teachers picking up items at Ruth's "storeroom" basement in her home.
Things changed dramatically for Ruth after reading a newspaper article about a woman in Auburn who collected items from businesses to recycle to schools. With financial help from Unum, Ruth's status changed from volunteer to Founder/CEO of Ruth's Reusable Resources. A non-profit was established and 11 years later 3R’s moved to the (21,000 sq.ft.) warehouse & (7,000 sq. ft.) teacher store in Portland
3Rs is always busy receiving donations, sorting and stocking products from corporations, businesses and individuals. The organization is fortunate to have a diverse group of hard working volunteers, ranging from retired teachers, students, teachers, corporate groups, retirees, court appointed, civic groups, collegiate ministries and many more. We could not survive without our volunteers!
Am I a member?
Please call us to see if your school or organization is currently a member.
Ruth’s Reusable Resources
Board of Directors
CEO & Founder
Retired VP, Patriot Insurance Co.
Board Vice President
Assistant Dean for Finance & Administration
Uni. of Southern Maine
Kierston Van Soest
Retired, Principal & Teacher
Director of Insurance Services
Director of Fulfillment & Logistics
Exec Director Workers Comp Coord. Council
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 23rd 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 2016-2017 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.
3R's needs YOUR help! Click the link below to donate. Thank You!