Calling all SCRAP fans! We need YOU now more than ever. After the COVID-19 crisis forced us to close our doors and pause operations for over 2 months, we are struggling to keep our doors open. We have seen a 75 percent reduction in our usual revenue.
SCRAP Creative Reuse Ann Arbor is a nonprofit creative reuse center. We take donations of items, keeping them out of the waste stream, then put those materials into creative hands. We also provide an education program to empower children and adults to reuse as a way to engage in environmental sustainability. Over the past year SCRAP A2 was able to divert over 79,861 pounds of reusable materials from the waste stream. Support from our community allowed us to provide sustainability education and access to creativity for over 4,194 kids. We take a stand against climate change by teaching current and future generations to generate less waste.
SCRAP A2 was one of the first Creative Reuse Centers in the country, being established over 35 years ago. Through SCRAP Creative Reuse, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit network, we are connected to a handful of other creative reuse centers across the country. Earlier this week two of our sites announced their permanent closure. We fear that without community support, our location may be next.
We believe in the collective power of our community to help SCRAP A2 survive this public health crisis. We want to carry the tradition of creative reuse in Ann Arbor for years to come. Will you join us in achieving that goal?
Our small team has made many efforts to keep operations going during the COVID-19 crisis. We have offered curbside pickup, private shopping trips, and public shopping hours. Our staff has worked tirelessly to offer creative ways for people to ‘SCRAP at Home’ by offering craft kits and online workshops. We’ve strictly enforced wearing masks & gloves in the store to keep our community safe.
Even during our struggle, we have set up a program to donate masks and protective gear to medical professionals. We have donated mask making kits to be distributed in a community where masks may not be readily available. As an organization we’re always looks for ways to give back to our community.
At the beginning of 2020 things were very bright for us. We’d just completed the move into our new location. We had new systems in place to streamline our processes of donations, new volunteers coming in to help out, and more events planned than ever before. We expanded our education programs to serve more kids than ever before, and we had partnerships and community events planned over the next 24 months. For possibly the first time, SCRAP A2 was sustaining its operations without large donations from individuals. The only thing that could hold us back now was something completely out of our hands and larger than us, something like a global pandemic.
We hope to lay ourselves bare to our community and be as transparent as we can. Like a lot of other small businesses, we are struggling. We are pleading with our community to step up for us now. If our mission of environmental sustainability, reuse, and creative accessibility speaks to you, if you believe that the creative reuse services we provide to Ann Arbor – to Ypsilanti, to Washtenaw County & beyond – are worth bringing into the future, please help in any way you can. Our goal of $20,000 will ensure that we can pay our rent, utilities, and staff for an additional 3 months after our PPP funding ends. SCRAP staff is comprised of creative, reuse passionate, and community supporting individuals. We believe in the power of SCRAP's mission and are hard at work making sure that we can continue to do what we love and be in the community for years to come.