Season of Giving: End-of-Year Rescue and Relief Projects
Dec 17 2018
December was a busy and exciting month for SCARCE and our resource center. We worked on two separate relief projects to helped restock schools impacted by hurricanes. Locally, we diverted tons of office furniture from landfills to local schools and non-profit organizations. Read on to learn more about these awesome projects!
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Hurricane Florence Relief: Over 10,000 Reading Books to Schools in North Carolina
Schools in Onslow, Jones and Lenoir Counties were hit hard by flooding from the heavy rains that fell when Hurricane Florence hit North Carolina in September. Insurance is covering textbook replacement but school libraries were unfortunately left out.
North Carolina boy scout troops took up the challenge to fill the school library shelves and put out the call to troops nationwide. The local program director for the Boy Scouts Pathway to Adventure Council contacted SCARCE to request books for a truckload of relief supplies making it’s way down from Minnesota. SCARCE jumped in! We connected the relief truck with Domtar, who donated 5 pallets of paper for the schools. Then, with the help of volunteers we packed 10,852 reading books for elementary and middle school libraries!
Hurricane Michael Relief: Getting Books, Supplies and Furniture to Tyndall Elementary School
On the heels of Hurricane Florence, the Florida Panhandle was walloped in October by Hurricane Michael. A Category 4 Hurricane, Michael left devastation in it’s wake, destroying homes and claiming 60 lives. At the end of November SCARCE was contacted by Global Citizen USA to ask for help with Hurricane Michael relief for a school outside of Panama City, Florida.
Tyndall Elementary School had it’s roof ripped off during the storm and remained closed until Monday, December 10th. SCARCE was able to provide 16 boxes of books and schools supplies to Global Citizen’s relief effort. We also were able to get chairs, file cabinets and other furniture for the school from the Village of Carol Stream (see story below).
Re-homing Office Furniture for the Village of Carol Stream to Help Schools, Non-profits, and the Planet
In November the Village of Carol Stream contacted SCARCE about hundreds of pieces of office furniture that they wanted to re-home. They had recently moved into their new village hall and hoped to help local schools and the planet by getting their old furniture reused.
SCARCE reached out to local furniture banks and got the word out to our teacher and non-profit followers about the opportunity. We hosted several days of open pick-up at the temporary village hall. Dozens of organizations and schools filled up their vehicles. Hundreds of pieces of furniture made their way to grateful new homes, helping children and those in need and keeping resources out of landfills.