Member Spotlight 2011 - Portland, Oregon

SCRAP, a nonprofit creative reuse center located in Portland, OR, inspires creativity and environmentally sustainable behavior by providing educational programs and affordable materials to the community. They fulfill that mission by collecting clean, reusable materials from businesses and individuals and offering them to artists, teachers, students and other community members. Whether it’s a handful of bright zipper pulls or a pound of shiny tile, the materials at SCRAP are priced very low – so you can take home more of them! SCRAP also offers birthday parties for people of all ages, hosts spring break and summer camps for kids, puts on community events, like an annual craft-off competition, and displays creative reuse art in an art gallery on-site. 


Portland Metro Habitat ReStores promote reuse while raising funds that help Habitat for Humanity build homes in the Portland, OR and Vancouver, WA area. Because all of the items sold in the three Portland Metro ReStores are donated by individuals and businesses, shoppers never know what fabulous bargains they’ll find. With prices well-below retail, an ample inventory of quality merchandise saved from a trip to the landfill, and a mission to build homes for low-income families, visiting one of the ReStore locations gives community members an easy way to practice reuse and support their local economy. 


Community Warehouse is a nonprofit furniture bank in Portland, Oregon. They have been collecting and redistributing donated furniture and household goods to low-income people throughout Oregon and southwest Washington since 2001. They work in partnership with over 100 social services agencies to fulfill over 40 requests each week. In 2010 alone, they provided donated furniture and household items to 5,840 people in the Portland metro area.