Sew Bags for SCRAP! Help SCRAP become a BagShare location.
Tues & Wed, Dec 3rd & 4th 1-4pm
What is The BagShare Project?
The BagShare Project was started in western Massachusetts in 2007. Since then over 10,000 bags have been sewn by volunteers from scrap fabric to be donated for community use in stores, libraries, farmer’s markets, and other venues that want to reduce their bag waste. BagShare bags are borrowed when a shopper forgets their own bag. Borrowing a bag and responsibly returning it helps prepare us for an uncertain future where we may need to share more than just bags.
The goals of the BagShare are:
- Transition stores to going disposable bag free by helping shoppers remember to bring their own bag wherever they shop.
- Teaching sewing and clothing repair and fostering the joy of creative reuse.
- Start community sewing centers with rescued fabric and sewing machines.
- Build the concept of sharing and skill sharing. Share a bag/share a planet.
How the BagShare Works -
Volunteers sew and donate cloth bags to stores, libraries, farmer’s markets, and other venues that want to reduce their bag waste.
An ID tag is sewn on the front of each bag, designating it as a ‘Use and Return’ bag. The bags are borrowed when someone forgets their own bag and returned to any BagShare location.
No sewing experience necessary! But if you have a sewing machine bring one!
If you can lend your machine, but can’t make the event do call. Sew at home in solidarity. Tags can be picked up at SCRAP.
For more info about The BagShare Project check out www.thebagshare.org
Dear SCRAP Supporter,
SCRAP is a nonprofit organization that works to divert materials headed to landfill into the hands of teachers, artists, community groups and other creative people… people like Beth. I met Beth several months ago as she was scrounging through the stickers bin in the Arts & Crafts section of the SCRAP depot. I asked her what she does with SCRAP materials. She replied that she uses the materials while volunteering at a homeless shelter in San Francisco. She works with children at the shelter while their parents take courses on how to re-enter the job market. Because of SCRAP, Beth is able to obtain affordable and even free materials, like paint, stickers, glue, pipe-cleaners and more, to use with the children. The children also love to hear Beth read books, so she always gets a few when she comes to SCRAP. She said that without SCRAP, she would not be able to obtain such fun, quality materials for her work with these children while enabling their parents to improve their lives. I walked away from this short conversation humbled and inspired by how our work here at SCRAP can touch so many lives.
For over 37 years, SCRAP has been providing art supplies to teachers, artists, nonprofits and individuals, inspiring creativity while diverting over 250 tons of materials annually from landfill. We really can’t do it without donors like you. Please make a tax-deductible donation to help sustain the programs that amazing people like Beth depend on. Help us divert more materials from the landfill, educate more children and adults and inspire more creativity.
Thank you for being a part of SCRAP. We look forward to seeing you again at the SCRAP depot, at a workshop, or at a community event soon.
Warm wishes for the holiday season,
SCRAP Executive Director
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SCRAP needs your support! Help us advance our creative reuse mission in San Francisco.
Here’s what your gift will do:
$1000 will sustain the SCRAP warehouse operations for one day, helping artists, teachers, nonprofits and individuals gather affordable materials ___
$500 will fund a classroom field trip to SCRAP, includes a creative reuse art project, inspiring future leaders of the green movement ___
$250 will help host a free creative reuse activity at a community event, inspiring creativity in hundreds of children and adults ___
$50 will provide free materials for one month for a San Francisco educator ___
$25 will help SCRAP re-stock the free section for one day, including free binders, folders, cards and other materials ___
Other amount: please use my donation of $________ to help SCRAP.
$250+ donors receive a space on our donor acknowledgement wall at the entrance of SCRAP
SCRAP is the world’s oldest creative reuse center, and has been diverting waste from landfills for creative reuse for more than 35 years. SCRAP was founded in 1976 to provide art supplies to underfunded teachers in the San Francisco Public School system. SCRAP rescues 500,000 pounds of materials annually from businesses and individuals and redistributes them to artists, teachers, nonprofits, and the public at low or no cost to inspire creativity.
Our mission is to stimulate creativity and environmental awareness in children and adults through promoting the creative reuse of materials that traditionally have been discarded as waste. Our goals are to:
• Maximize the diversion of reusable discarded materials from the solid waste stream.
• Collect and redistribute these materials to underfunded educational programs and organizations, artists, parents, and students in the community.
• Educate and benefit the community in the art of creative reuse.
Application Deadline: November 17, 2013
Warehouse Coordinator Job Description:
The Warehouse Coordinator will facilitate and coordinate the day-to-day operations of SCRAP. This job is an intermediate management position, reporting directly to the Executive Director and supervising all warehouse/front desk staff and volunteers. The Warehouse Coordinator’s compensation is $16 an hour for 40 hours a week. Must be willing to work on Saturdays and be flexible to changes in schedule.
• Maintain a higher-level overview of the organization to align with SCRAP’s mission and vision
• Set priorities for the workday and delegate responsibilities to and supervise SCRAP staff and volunteers
• Act as the facilities manager to address and resolve facilities issues as they come up, communicating issues to the Executive Director
• Develop and maintain systems for display, storage and tracking of 250 annual tons of miscellaneous donated materials in the 5,000 square foot SCRAP depot
• Develop and implement a SCRAP volunteer program, including vocational training volunteers, individual on-site volunteers and group teambuilding volunteers
• Create agenda, with Executive Director, for monthly staff meetings and oversees follow through on action items.
Delegate depot priorities for the workday:
• Actively engage staff, volunteers, customers and donors to further SCRAP’s mission
• Maintain a safe and accessible environment both in the warehouse and in the employee areas
• Work with the Executive Director to set staff work schedules within the SCRAP budget and monitor staffing levels
• Set a schedule of work rotation and delegation of projects for staff and volunteers
• Supervise reception of approximately 2000 pounds of donated materials daily, weighing, sorting, organizing, storing and displaying in our warehouse.
• Track intake of donations and make sure all appropriate records are maintained
• Establish consistent pricing policies and work with front desk staff to develop customer service best practices for the 100+ daily customers at SCRAP
• Maintain the overall appearance of SCRAP – merchandize display of materials on the floor, organization of materials on shelves, cleanliness of the warehouse and yard.
• Monitor timely restocking of materials in warehouse.
• Oversee all storage – shelves and containers – and keep staff informed as to what is available.
• Supervise timely responses to all donation questions, hauling requests and scheduling with hauler.
• Supervise all volunteer activities – set aside projects for vocational training volunteer groups and communicate with their group leaders, identify appropriate projects for individuals and schedule volunteers.
• Work with Executive Director and Program Coordinator on marketing and events for the SCRAP depot
• Act as a liaison for site visits at SCRAP, giving the SCRAP “spiel” to visitors
• Coordinate and organize our monthly materials give-away for teachers.
• Schedule activities and be aware of programs occurring in workshop space.
• Maintain the workshop space and clear it for workshops, events, field trips and other activities.
• Coordinate communications and records with Program Coordinator concerning events, storage and volunteer activities.
• Find outlets for excess, unwanted inventory from the depot
• Work within the SCRAP budget to order supplies and maintain supply inventory
Must be passionate about SCRAP’s mission and goals
Must have college degree
Must have previous management experience with direct reports
Must have excellent communication, training, and supervisory skills
Must have great spatial thinking abilities and excellent organizational skills
Must be knowledgeable about arts and craft materials
Must be the ability to multi-task in a high volume environment
Must be detail oriented
Must be methodical and have good follow-through
Must be able to lift 50 lbs and to perform various repetitive motion tasks repeatedly throughout the day
The right candidate will have strong decision-making abilities, strong leadership skills and a mind focused on continuous improvement
Please submit a cover letter, resume and three references to email@example.com.
No phone calls, please.
Volunteer for SCRAP!
Sat, Nov 16th 10am – 4pm
SCRAP is looking for a few good volunteers. Brave men and women
who are not afraid of repetitive tasks. Wonderful helpers who will
risk paper cuts, RSI, and accidentally getting ink on clothing or skin.
We need volunteers for our fundraising efforts, to help us label, stuff, stamp and seal envelopes. Come to SCRAP anytime from 10am to 4pm Saturday, November 16th. We’ll bring all the supplies, you bring the hard labor needed, we’ll have some fun!
RSVP firstname.lastname@example.org or just show up!
Please note that SCRAP is a warehouse environment so volunteers should wear layered clothing as we have no AC or heat. Although our address is 801 Toland Street, San Francisco California, our entrance is on Newcomb between Toland and Selby. This volunteer event is happening in the SCRAP workshop space. Ask for Shuai when you come.
SCRAP is hosting our first ever Craft Market at Scrappy Sunday, featuring creative reuse creations by local artists. Join us to be inspired by the artists and help us build a collaborative art mandala out of SCRAP materials. We will also have hands on crafting for children of all ages.