This year Ruth's Reusable Resources, filled over 5,000 backpacks. So far, 5 schools and organizations have been chosen to receive these. With the help of our local sponsors, businesses, and your individual donations we are helping to provide kids with the supplies they need to start this school year out on the right foot!

Ruth’s Reusable Resources Celebrates its 20th Year  3Rs celebrated its 20th year in the community June 2014. An event was held on June 20, 2014 here at 3R's to mark the anniversary, thank you Sponsors, supporters, artists, volunteers, and all the people who showed up to support 3R's and celebrate 20 years! THANK YOU to all our great Sponsors Tom's of MaineUnum     -    Idexx    -   L.L BeanSaco & Biddeford Savings   -   TD BankBedderrest    -   Norton Insurance & Financial   -  Acadia InsuranceBaker-Newman-Noyes   -   Texas Instruments   -   US CellularDick Bere     -     Becky Hardy Philbrick Memorial Fund Thank you to all the amazing artists who donated their art for auction and to all the great businesses and people who donated items for auction.We look forwards to another amazing 20 years with you all!   


     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, 2014 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.