One year ago today, CCRx was deep into planning our 4th Swap Circle for Teachers scheduled to take place January 25-26, 2019. This signature pop-up event was taking place on Chicago’s southwest side, in a warehouse space loaned to CCRx by our wonderful partner Envision Unlimited. Today - that warehouse space is CCRx’s NEW PERMANENT HOME!! So much growth in one year - we are bursting with pride and excitement. Here’s a bit of a recap:
January 2019 Swap Circle – attendance was fantastic - donations from over 100 donors, including book sets from Scholastic, were arranged and over 390 teachers in 2 days were able to load up carts of all sorts of supplies and materials. And creative reuse demos were offered by Envision Unlimited clients and The WasteShed.
Creative Reuse Workshops – a range of skill sharing held during the year at various locations throughout the city including Bookbinding, Beehive Making, Beekeeping, Hand Sewing and more!
CCRx welcomed 186 Chicago teachers and numerous other visitors to our new warehouse space on Saturday November 2 for an Open House.
Teachers were happy to stock up on class sets of new Scholastic books, science kits, lots of curriculum materials, basics like pens, pencils, paper, office and other supplies, plus special finds like large picture frames, projectors, sewing machines, costumes, "multiples" and much more. We distributed about 1/3 of our inventory, which means that the remaining 2/3rds are easier to find!
Please spread the word to colleagues -- we are open for all Chicago teachers and non-profits.
You've read our emails seeking volunteers to help us set up our new warehouse space at the Envision Unlimited Frick Center. Now see them in action! We'd been "setting up Frick" for many weeks in preparation for our recent Open House. Setting up a warehouse is a different animal than doing a Swap Circle pop-up event, we learned... To start with, we needed heavy-duty display and storage furniture that can last...
Here are Carmen, Erik and her team from the Chicago Teachers Union Foundation. They built all the library shelves we got from Maine South High School. We also received shelves from Palmer Printing, ACE Restaurant Supply, Deutsch, Levy, Engel Chartered law offices, Oakton Community College, and Envision Unlimited. And help from the Chicago Leather Archives, Volunteering Untapped, Chicago Green Theater Alliance, and several other groups. Thanks to you all for your generosity!