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 http://www.stlhelp.org/

The St. Louis Health Equipment Lending Program (HELP) provides individuals with mobility problems and disabilities access to free home medical equipment through their recycle and reuse program, enabling them to live as independently as possible and remain contributing members of the community. They receives donations of new and used medical equipment from individuals and businesses, refurbishes and cleans the equipment and then loans the equipment, at no cost or fee, to community members both young and old from all walks of life.

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http://www.actservices.org/
 
ACT Recycling provides an array of programs and services in the areas of employment, residential services and day programs throughout Mid-Missouri to persons with disabilities. Act Recycling employs people with disabilities to clean, erase and help resell now-blank videocassettes and computer diskettes. Your old videotapes could be used for gainful employment and mean a regular paycheck for an adult with a disability and help deserving individuals to lead productive lives.

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http://www.bbbsemo.org/

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Eastern Missouri work to build trusting and enduring relationships that encourage and support young people. Relationships have the power to transform lives.

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http://www.chsmo.org/

Children’s Home Society is dedicated to improving the quality of life for children in need. Their adoption and pregnancy counseling services continue to build strong families. They also provide short and long term care for children with significant developmental disabilities. Click here to see their current list of needs.

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www.circleofconcern.org

Circle Of Concern feeds the hungry and provides long-term and emergency assistance to low-income families. They create opportunities for needy families to re-establish themselves as productive members in the community.

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http://www.dcalservices.com/

Dcal Services, LLC is a computer and electronic recycling center. They disassemble computers and electric components, salvage reusable parts for in-store sales and separate and sends other components to final processors instead of landfills. They also accept household appliances. Most items are free to recycle, though there is a nominal cost for some items such as monitors.

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http://www.doorwayshousing.org/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=35

Doorways is a non-profit organization that provides housing and related services to individuals and families living with or affected by HIV/AIDS. 

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http://www.connectionstosuccess.org/

Connections to Success provides a variety of programs for women transitioning from generational poverty, incarceration, domestic violence and other disadvantaged situations. They offer support groups, mentoring, training and education for women returning to the workforce.  Their Dress for Success program help women locate professional attire to wear for job interviews. Their Wheels for Success program provides donated automobiles to individuals currently involved in the program.

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http://www.earthboundrecycling.com/

Earthbound Recycling provides a “one-stop shop” for most all of your recycling needs.

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http://www.forerunnerrecycling.com/

Forerunner Recycling understands your need to safely dispose of your computer and electronic equipment in an environmentally responsible manner. Their Connecting Hearts program provides jobs for the developmentally disabled. By promoting reuse – computer recycling and electronic recycling – Forerunner Computer Recycling extends the life of computer equipment and reduces e-waste.

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http://www.graceandpeacefellowship.org/wintershelter

The Grace and Peace Women’s Shelter has offered temporary, overnight shelter during the colder months to homeless women of St. Louis since 1986. The Winter Shelter operates in the basement of Grace and Peace’s building in an urban area on the west side of the city. The Winter Shelter receives minimal government funding, relying instead on volunteer helpers and meal providers as well as on donations to cover staff stipends and other expenses.

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http://www.stcharlesrestore.org/

The Habitat St. Charles ReStore is a building materials thrift store.  Donated building materials and select home goods, both new and used, are sold to the public at extremely discounted prices.  All donated items receive a tax deduction receipt and are resold tax free for an even bigger savings!  The funds raised help build simple, decent, affordable homes for deserving families in St. Charles County.

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http://www.jsi.org/computer-electronic-recycling

Jeffco Subcontracting Inc (JSI) has added a new electronic recycling service. What makes this so special is that the work is done by workers at a sheltered workshop for developmentally disabled children to work after high school.

Computers and other electronics are filled with metals and wires that can be recycled. The circuit boards, for example, can be sold by the pound. It just takes a little effort to separate the parts from the computer.

Computers and monitors are being accepted at no charge. They destroy hard drives and data. The workers take the computers apart and separate the recyclable items. The program gets to keep about 30 percent of the money made when the recyclable items are sold. They also recycle cardboard boxes.

Currently 120 disabled people, ranging in age from 21 to 68 years, work at the workshop. For many the workshop is more than a job, it’s also their social life.

For information about donating, or scheduling a collection event, call JSI at 636-296-6211.

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The dress swap program will make shopping for dresses more affordable for teenagers so that no one goes without. There is a fee of $20 for a student to swap one dress for another. Girls who do not have a dress to donate would be able to buy one for much less than a “new” price. For more information, contact the Hillsboro Area Chamber of Commerce 636-789-4920. You can also follow them on Facebook.

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http://leftoversetc.com/

Leftovers, etc. is a community-based educational and environmental resource and learning center that provides free and affordable, traditional and non-traditional, school supplies for use as learning tools to public and private school educators, home school educators, early childhood educators, and organizations working with low-income parents. They provide instruction in developmentally appropriate, educational, family-centered activities for low-income, at risk and special needs youth. They also support local and national artists seeking “found objects.”

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http://www.loavesandfishes-stl.org/shelter_main.cfm 

Loaves and Fishes provides a warm bed, a roof, clothes, food, and restoration services to at least 30 homeless women and children seven days a week. It is their mission to provide a safe and warm environment to those women and children in need, while offering them a hopeful future through enrollment in restoration services including on-site visits from a nurse, domestic violence counseling, educational programs, including budgeting and career development as well as mental health counseling services.

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http://www.mercyministries.org/splash.htm

Mercy Ministries provides group homes around the world that provide hope, healing and housing completely free-of-charge to young women, aged 13-28, who are seeking freedom from life-controlling problems such as drugs, abuse and self harm. 

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http://www.mersgoodwill.org/

When you donate and recycle your unneeded items to Goodwill, they make them available to your neighbors at affordable prices. The revenue that their forty stores earn is then invested in your community through a variety of services including skills training courses and employment programs. You can be confident that your donation to Goodwill is making a difference to improve the life of someone in your community.

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http://cinderellastl.homestead.com/

The Metro St. Louis Cinderella Project promotes confidence and self esteem in junior and senior high school women. They provide the gift of a prom dress to young women in the metropolitan area who are unable to acquire one on their own. Through a collaborative effort, high school junior and senior girls are referred to the Cinderella Project by local agencies and organizations that serve teens. After these young ladies receive the dress of their choice, the boutique is open to the public.  Dresses are sold at bargain prices and the proceeds of the project support the programs of Community Council.

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http://www.midwrc.net/

Midwest Recycling Center is one of only two recyclers in the state of Missouri that have achieved level 4 certification. They recycle a ton of stuff. If you can’t figure out where to recycle something, they’ll be glad to help you figure it out. 

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http://www.miriamfoundation.org/content/

The Miriam Foundation improves the quality of life for children with learning disabilities and their families through innovative and comprehensive programs.  The Miriam Switching Post accepts donations of gently used furniture and household items for re-sale (they are not a consignment shop). Proceeds from sales support the programs of the Miriam Foundation, The Miriam School and the Miriam Learning Center.

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http://www.moblind.org/

Missouri Council of the Blind and its affiliates are active members of the American Council of the Blind. They work for causes that affect people who are visually impaired and strives to improve their quality of life. MCB assists people with several degrees of vision loss: Totally blind-no usable vision, legally blind-visual acuity of 20/200 or less with corrective lens, or field of vision limited to 20 degrees or less, or progressive eye disease which will lead to severe vision loss.

MCB offers educational scholarships, health benefits, summer camps, special services program, public awareness programs, adaptive technology information and advocacies employment and legislation issues.

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http://www.oasisinternational.info/index.php

OASIS International helps refugees that arrive in St Louis with nothing.  They teach them English and provide them with furniture, household items and clothes.

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http://www.ourladysinn.org/

Our Lady’s Inn is a life-affirming alternative to abortion. They are a pro-life emergency shelter/maternity home program for homeless, pregnant women and their children. More than 5,000 women, plus their children, have been sheltered and served by Our Lady’s Inn.

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http://www.paperretriever.com/form/search_us.asp?ID=267

The Paper Retriever program recycles newspapers, magazines, catalogs and mail, which reduces landfill use, saves water and energy. 

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http://potentialsresale.org/

Potentials is a non-profit upscale resale boutique whose revenues support services at Youth In Need.  Your donations are tax deductible and help provide housing, counseling and educational opportunities for thousands of children, teens and families throughout the six counties in eastern Missouri.

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http://www.projectbackpackstlouis.org/id4.html 

Project Backpack was created to help children in the St Louis area that are the silent victims of domestic violence. They provide backpacks to police departments, social service agencies, domestic violence shelters and Department of Family Services workers for children who are removed from their homes usually with nothing but the clothes on their backs. The backpacks make the transition from crisis situations to foster homes more tolerable. Often this is all the children will have with them for quite some time.

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Ready to Learn is dedicated to improving underprivleleged students’ educational opportunities by providing books to them for free because a child who can read is a student who will learn. Education provides a gateway for underprivileged children to overcome the cycle of poverty. 

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http://www.davthriftstores.com/

Red Racks Thrift stores are owned and operated by the Disabled American Veterans, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of our nation’s veterans. When you shop or donate to Red Racks you’re helping provide education, housing, health and rehabilitation services at no cost to our military veterans. They also recycle just about everything under the sun, from old t-shirts to console televisions and everything in between.

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http://rippleglass.com/

Ripple Glass is a state-of-the-art processing plant that is here to make glass recycling work. They process the glass locally and then local and regional businesses use it to make fiberglass insulation and new glass bottles.

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http://www.rnaworldwide.com/

RNA WorldWide is an electronics, appliances, and metals recycling company that provides a secure full service commercial and industrial pick-up and drop off recycling center.

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http://www.stlarc.org

The Salvation Army Adult Rehabilitation Center affords men the opportunity to regain their self-respect and acquire the life skills needed to take their rightful place in life. The Adult Rehabilitation Center is dedicated to rebuilding lives. The residence accommodates 102 men. The program is designed for the mental, physical and spiritual rehabilitation of the person. The majority of men who come to this center for assistance are having problems in many areas of their lives, i.e., social, medical, spiritual, personal and employment. The common factor for most of them is that of addiction to drugs and/or alcohol. These services are provided at no cost. They accept donations to sell to the public in one of 8 thrift stores. The proceeds from those sales support this program.

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http://www.usc.salvationarmy.org/usc/www_usc_kan.nsf
 
The Salvation Army Thrift Store is a familiar sight throughout the community. These stores fill two significant needs: they allow people with limited means to purchase goods at reasonable costs, while maintaining the dignity of doing their own shopping; and they make it possible for people who have no funds to obtain a voucher at any Salvation Army social service center and receive items at no cost.

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www.shoemanwater.org

Shoeman Water Projects collects old unwanted shoes and cell phones to save lives in Kenya by bringing fresh water to people that would otherwise have none. The shoes are sold and the money raised is used to buy equipment to drill for water in Kenya. Since starting this mission in 2008, they have provided fresh water for 120,000+ people.

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http://showmeaquatics.org/

Show Me Aquatics & Fitness provide a barrier-free facility that allows people who have physical challenges to access warm-water and movement-directed exercise programs offering therapeutic benefit to improve their overall quality of life.

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http://www.sltrc.com/

St Louis Teachers Recycle Center gathers creative materials (see below) from local business and industry that are landfill-bound and makes them available to teachers, parents and youth groups.

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http://www.stlouisgreen.com/Holiday-Light-Recycling-Drive

StLouisGreen.com and Operation Food Search will collect unwanted holiday lights for recycling from November 19, 2011 through January 31, 2012. The goal for the holiday light recycling drive is to collect 50,000 pounds of lights. A portion of the proceeds will go to Operation Food Search to feed the hungry. Materials from unwanted lights are recovered, reprocessed, and made into new products.

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http://teddybearbrigade.com/

The Teddy Bear Brigade’s mission is to bring comfort, security and love to children in need through the gift of a stuffed animal. They provide new and gently loved stuffed animals to children in need around the world. The gift of a stuffed animal is such a simple yet effective way to show a child that they are loved. 

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http://www.saintlouistc.org/

Teen Challenge of St. Louis offers a 14-month faith-based program for young men struggling with addictions.

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http://www.upxchange.com/

The Upcycle Exchange is a social enterprise that aims to benefit the St. Louis area’s creative community by offering post-consumer materials at pay-as-you-wish pricing and optional purchase credits for in-store material drop-offs. They collect the most frequently requested items from individual crafter wish-lists compiled over the course of the last 3 years.

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http://www.witsinc.org/index.php

WITS recycles and refurbishes electronics, computers and surplus equipment from local or national businesses and residents by fixing or replacing what may be broken and putting it back into the community for educational use. This keeps the used equipment out of the landfills and provides those in need with the technology to accomplish their educational or career goals. WITS also offers training in many areas for students of all ages and capabilities for internships and resume experiences and the chance to teach their skills to other students with hands-on experiences.

Anything that WITS cannot reuse is recycled appropriately at our recycling facility. WITS has a 0% landfill policy which has been followed since they began recycling in 2002.

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