#GivingTuesday & End of Year Giving

Join us this giving season as we celebrate 30 years clean and green!

For the past three decades, SCARCE has been making real, positive change for individuals, communities, and the environment as a whole. We work with local schools, businesses, and organizations to keep valuable learning materials out of landfills and put them back where they belong: in the hands of children.

30 years clean and green equals:

8.5 million

Books donated to schools and other non-profits

20 million 

People served by our reuse center

30 million

Pounds of school supplies kept out of landfills

2 million

Participants in our over 600 educational programs

12 bills passed

Making Illinois a cleaner place to live

…plus supporting a vast network of amazing non-profits!

Elgin Partnership for Early Learning

Pine Ridge Indian Reservation
Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation
Tri-Town YMCA

Help Create a Better World for Our Children

This year we moved into a new 19,000 sq-ft. facility the day before the COVID shelter-in-place order took effect. Even within the challenges 2020 presented, we were still able to serve 707,976 people with books, and we’re looking ahead to find new ways to connect with students, teachers, and those in need. 

This giving season your donation will go directly towards continued support for our current programs, as well as funding our virtual educational initiatives for 2021. Environmental concerns don’t stop because of the pandemic, and the SCARCE team is doing everything we can to pivot our resources and find innovative ways to make a difference.

Be part of our 30-year story 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

We feel so grateful to have the support of SCARCE. Their donation will help to benefit the children who endure years and years of unending cancer treatments by rewarding the kids with a toy, gift or gift card after every procedure.”

Colleen Kisel
Founder and CEO, Pediatric Oncology Treasure Chest Foundation

SCARCE works tirelessly to keep materials out of the landfills and are supplying the children and families of Elgin with the items they need to make learning fun.”

Amber Peters
Executive Director, Elgin Partnership for Early Learning

“SCARCE has been instrumental to our Story Book Program where we connect children to their incarcerated parents so familial ties give hope to inmates seeking rehabilitative services. SCARCE has been a wonderful and meaningful partner to the Sheriff’s Office.  They truly care and have enhanced our services to the DuPage County community.  Thank you for what you do!”

James Mendrick
DuPage County Sheriff

“Being able to deliver books and supplies to local children not only provided the kids with the tools to keep up with their homework and e-learning, but it gave them a sense of hope and wonderment while providing respite to their parents trying to balance through very challenging times. We are so grateful that SCARCE was here to answer the needs of more than 200 children that we serve.”

Sarah O’Donnell
CEO, Tri-Town YMCA

Support SCARCE this giving season

We’ve come far these past 30 years, but there’s still so much we can do to enrich future generations with a love for reading, art, music, and more. 

Are You Ready To Do Your Part?

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