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Help Wanted

Creative Reuse Team / Coordinator (Part-time)

20+ hours/week: 3 days on site: Wednesday, Thursday + Saturday + Off-Site Flex

$16.00/hour to start + generous material allowance

The Creative Chicago Reuse Exchange (CCRx) seeks an energetic, creative + responsible human with excellent organization, communication and making skills to fill a part-time operations position at our creative reuse warehouse and assist with workshops and events as needed on and off-site.

CCRx is a nonprofit organization that redistributes and ‘reimagines’ donated surplus materials, supplies and equipment.  We foster creativity and sustainability through creative reuse workshops, programs, products, and events that target teachers, artists, nonprofits and community groups. Check out our Welcome to CCRx Video to learn more.

The CCRx Warehouse is open Wednesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. It is located on Chicago’s SW side, at 2124 W. 82nd Place, in the Envision Unlimited Frick Center. Envision supports adults with cognitive disabilities, and we interact with their members on a regular basis, providing activities and supplies. 

Team Members organize and display our ever-changing inventory and to research and post special finds online.  Regular tasks include opening/closing, customer service, sales transactions, guiding volunteers, and clean-up/staging. Team Members collaborate, multi-task, and prioritize. There are always things to do and curiosity is always rewarded.

Team members also participate in workshops and creative reuse events both on and off site, especially during the summer months. 


Warehouse Duties may include, but are not limited to:

  • Greet and assist Donors, Teachers + Nonprofit “shoppers” at the warehouse;

  • Manage Volunteers on site, assign and oversee tasks;

  • Receive and process donations on site -- sometimes heavy boxes + skids;

  • Manage sales, appointments, and order fulfillment using Wix app;

  • Collaborate and communicate with CCRx Team on workflow and priorities;

  • Engage with Envision Unlimited staff and members via tasks and activities;

  • Participate in community outreach and special events;

  • Be an ambassador for CCRx in the Chicago community.

Applicant should:

  • Have a passion for creative reuse, a strong work ethic, and a willingness to learn and adapt to changing circumstances;

  • Be reliable, self-directed, pro-active and accomplishment-oriented;

  • Be professional in written and verbal communication with multiple types of people online and in person;

  • Be a problem-solver, action-taker, multi-tasker who can focus on details and the big picture;

  • Be curious, kind, patient, and have a sense of humor.


  • A valid Driver’s License, insurance and good driving record.

  • Reliable transportation to and from the warehouse (CTA service varies)

  • Physical strength and mobility, including lifting, lowering, sliding donated materials up to 50 pounds as well as using a dolly or pallet jack with skids, loading or unloading trucks.

  • Computer skills including word processing and spreadsheets in Microsoft and Google Suites.

  • A smartphone that can be used for warehouse work.

  • Familiarity with or willingness to learn Wix inventory/website platform

  • Undergo a background check in accordance with state guidelines.

Preference will be given to individuals who have:

  • Experience as Educators, Artists, Makers and/or Fixers

  • Retail and/or e-commerce experience, ideally in a reuse/resale setting and/or with books, fabric, art/crafts, electronics, hardware, etc.

  • Managerial experience;

  • Graphic design, social media and/or website maintenance experience;

  • Familiarity with neighborhood assets on Chicago’s South and West sides

This position starts at 15-20 hours/week, including warehouse hours on Wednesday, Thursdays + Saturdays, and daily monitoring of donation inquiries. There is some scheduling flexibility, and additional hours, evenings, and special events will come up. 

Pay starts at $16.00/hour for a 3-month training period, plus a generous material allowance. No other benefits currently available. This position provides an opportunity to grow with the organization. CCRx is an equal opportunity employer and is committed to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic team.

To Apply: Send an email describing your interest and what skills you can bring to CCRx. Please attach your resume. Email this to Barbara Koenen at

** Please note: Applicants will be asked to volunteer for one 3-hour session as part of the job interview to facilitate understanding of work flow and warehouse tasks. We will combine your interview with some volunteer tasks. You can book a volunteer appointment at Let us know when you are coming so we can look out for you!


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