April 10, 2014
Matanuska Electric Association contributed a Connex storage container to the Chugiak United Methodist Church to support the growing charitable program, Recycle for a Reason.
|Volunteers at Checkout|
|Suggested Donation Sign|
Led by volunteers, Kay Abrams, Jan Wachsmuth, Susan Day and Jackie Holmquist, Recycle for a Reason was launched in January 2013 by the United Methodist Church of Chugiak as a means to give back to the community while decreasing waste. The group collects reusable items the first and last Saturday of every month, then holds a large-scale, name-your-price rummage sale the following Friday and second Saturday of the month.
The community is served in several ways. Charitable organizations throughout the service area take whatever they need for free and other residents can name their price, providing no to low cost household items for those in need. Second, after negligible costs are subtracted, the remaining substantial proceeds are given though grants to local charities along with some of the church’s other funding priorities around the world. The program also contributes the items remaining after each month’s sale to area charities. ‘Plus,’ as Abrams points out, ‘it means less unwanted stuff cluttering up our landfills. It’s a win-win situation.’
The success of the program can be seen in the gymnasium full of items each month, the line of people waiting before each sale, the smiles of the volunteers and the long list of organizations Recycle for a Reason has served. MEA’s donated Connex plays a supporting role - storing the donated items before each sale.
‘We were inspired by the good work this organization performs throughout our service area simply by reselling discarded items’, says David Glines, the MEA board member representing the Chugiak/Eagle River District. ‘When they expressed the need for a storage container, we decided to help by doing a little recycling of our own and reusing a Connex from MEA’s new EGS Power Plant. We are happy to be a small part of this very big program.’
Julie Estey, Director of Public Relations
Matanuska Electric Association, Inc.