#GivingTuesday & End of Year Giving

Be the change this year as we work to protect our home, our planet!

A brighter future starts with you. SCARCE invites you to be part of our continuing movement to make real, positive change for individuals, communities, and the environment as a whole. For 32 years we’ve been paving the way for a cleaner, greener tomorrow, and our substantial progress proves how small acts add up to major impact. Track the donation progress below!


Discover the difference we made together in 2022

175,000 Books

Books provided to schools and other non-profits

Over 1.6 million 

People served by our book rescue

Over 1 million

Pounds of school supplies kept out of landfills through our Resource Rescue Center

Nearly 31,000

Participants in our over 327 educational programs

22 Events

Recycling Extravaganzas

…plus, your help has extended to a vast network of amazing non-profits!

Literacy at the Laundromat

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation
Ukraine Relief

Join the Fight Against Climate Change

Now more than ever, the effects of climate change are being felt across the globe. Hurricanes, wildfires, extreme temperatures, and other drastic climate events are ravaging homes and affecting lives, presenting an urgent need for us all to change our daily habits. 

Your donation will go directly towards continued support for our environmental programs that help communities and businesses make better, greener choices. From donated books to generous donations, every contribution makes a real difference. Change happens one person at a time, so help us move the needle!

Be part of real, impactful change when you donate:



Named for our well-known book rescue efforts. 



This tier of support was chosen to showcase our 600 educational programs.



Named for the efforts to expand SCARCE’s educational initiatives for the future and honor our volunteers in higher education.




For those that want to support SCARCE at the highest level. The Legislator tier is named for the SCARCE initiatives that make history.

SCARCE partners with legislators to create lasting change in our community. 

Your Donations in Action

“Scarce is a wonderful place for any teacher in need of materials for teaching or supplies. While there I found a whole set of books for writing. There is even a section for newer resources. I found adult coloring books and dominoes. Very helpful staff. I live about an hour away and the finds made the travel worth it.”

Tonya Love,
5th Grade Teacher, Park School, Riverdale, IL

“I just want to say: thank you Scarce! We visit a laundromat every week and my 4 year old daughter loves to find books. Today she found a Dr. Seuss book, her favorite! Thanks to you, we started our very own library at home. We love to read together. Thank you for making this possible!”

Maria, Laundromat Customer
Literacy at the Laundromat Beneficiary

Wow, there are no words to explain the incredible impact you are making in the community waste stream, education, and resources.  I am so thankful for Scarce and the work you are doing!!!

Carrie Malfeo
Sustainability Coordinator, Village of Park Forest

“The items that I have gained from your organization were, and continue to be, a tremendous resource throughout my career. One resource that I cannot imagine working without, are the “Super Crayons” that you make out of broken and older crayons.”

Erik Pistek
Social Worker, Chelsea Intermediate School, Frankfort, IL

Support SCARCE this year

There’s so much we can do to help our planet thrive.

Let’s get there together!

Are You Ready To Do Your Part?

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