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Over $401,400 Raised For Local Charities

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Recycle for a Reason is Garvey's Office Products toner and electronics recycling program. Each quarter, we collect used toner cartridges, flattened cardboard boxes and used electronics that our customers want to recycle. We pool all of these items together to raise money for local charitable organizations and keep the unwanted items out of landfills. Individually the rebate on recycled cartridges and electronics is not much, but when accumulated over time, it can make a difference!

In order to accomplish this goal of raising money for charity, we have guidelines on what we can and cannot collect. To view the list of items we can pick up, click here. In order to keep this program viable and be able to raise fund for these local charities, we ask that we pick-up recycling when we are dropping off an office supply order to you.

As you may know, we use the program to raise funds for some wonderful local charities. In the past fifteen years, Garvey's has been able to raise over $401,400 for local charities and we hope to continue to grow this program.

In 2022, we will be raising money for:

1st Qtr: $2,500.00

Oak-Leyden Developmental Services

2nd Qtr: $6,416.36

Aunt Martha's Health and Welness

3rd Qtr: $2,500.00

4th Qtr: TBA

1st Quarter of 2022 Check Presentation

Dan Garvey presents Oak-Leyden Developmental Services with a check on behalf of our Recycle for a Reason Program 1st quarter donations.

1st Quarter Recipient: Oak-Leyden Developmental Services

During the first quarter of 2022, we collected empty toner cartridges and donated electronics for Oak-Leyden Developmental Services. Oak-Leyden's mission is to help children and adults with intellectual and developmental disabilities reach their highest potential.

Founded in 1956 as the Oak Community School, Oak-Leyden is a caring, uniquely qualified organization providing a wide range of vocational and residential services for adults with developmental disabilities, as well comprehensive therapeutic, educational, and family support services for infants and young children. This past year, Oak-Leyden: Graduated 98 children from our Early Intervention program, Improved the lives of nearly 400 children who have developmental disabilities or delays, Integrated 54 adults into the community through our family-style group homes, Helped raise more than 1,200 pounds of produce for the Oak Park River Forest Food Pantry, Taught a wide range of life-enriching skills to 125 Lifelong Learning Center participants, Coached and empowered 42 adults through our Supported Employment Program. They’re proud of our accomplishments over the past 60 years, and are partnering with our clients, family, and community to make great strides for the future. To read more about this local charity, visit Oak-Leyden Developmental Services.


2nd Quarter of 2022 Check Presentation

Dawn presents Mary M. from Aunt Martha's Health & Wellness with a check on behalf of our Recycle for a Reason Program 2nd quarter donations.

2nd Quarter Recipient: Aunt Martha’s Health and Wellness

During the second quarter of 2022, we collected empty toner cartridges and donated electronics for Aunt Martha’s Health and Wellness. Aunt Martha’s mission is to supporting the well-being of our communities, ensuring equity in access and delivering exceptional care inspired by a culture of innovation.

Aunt Martha’s Health and Wellness envision strong, healthy communities, where everyone has access to high quality health and wellness care, leading to better social and emotional health. They are committed to social justice, health equity, and access to quality services for all. They engage a patient centered approach that empowers all to live healthy lives. They celebrate diversity, equity and inclusion in all that we do. They support the transformation of our historically disadvantaged communities to strength and wellness through our trauma informed care. Lastly, they seek opportunities to grow our impact through strategic collaborations that embodies our vision and values. To read more about this local charity, visit Aunt Martha’s Health and Wellness


3rd Quarter Recipient: The Night Ministry

During the thrid quarter of 2022, we collected empty toner cartridges and donated electronics for The Night Ministry. The Night Ministry is a Chicago-based organization whose mission is to provide human connection, housing support, and health care to members of our community who are unhoused or experiencing poverty.

The Night Ministry compassionately provides housing, health care, outreach, spiritual care, and social services to adults and youth who struggle with homelessness, poverty, and loneliness. We accept individuals as they are and offer support as they seek to improve their lives. We invite others to join this hope-filled work. To read more about this local charity, visit The Night Ministry


4th Quarter Recipient: Greater Chicago Food Depository

During the fourth quarter of 2022, we will be collecting empty toner cartridges and donated electronics for the Greater Chicago Food Depository. The Greater Chicago Food Depository is part of a united community effort working to bring food, dignity and hope to our Cook County neighbors. We act as the hub for a network of more than 700 food pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and other programs. These programs provide food where it’s most needed. We also address the root causes of hunger. Public benefits outreach and job training programs offer support for our neighbors to overcome poverty.

As the face of hunger in our community has changed, the Food Depository has evolved. Our programs address the specific needs of diverse groups, including children, older adults and veterans. By taking hunger off the table, we enable families to focus on other priorities, like education, growth and security. We enable communities to face their challenges with confidence. Today and in the long term, providing nutritious food is an investment in health and hope for our neighbors and our community. To read more about this local charity, visit Greater Chicago Food Depository.


Help Us Make a Difference

It's a win/win situation, and it's never too late to start donating. Simply collect your flattened cardboard, empty toner cartridges and electronics and give them to your Garvey's driver whenever it's convenient. Be sure to check back often to see the latest updates and quarterly results.


Items We Can Pick-Up For Recycling

To view a complete list of items we can pick-up for our recycling program, click here (PDF)

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