Ruth’s Reusable Resources

In the mid 1990’s while her sons were in elementary school, Ruth Libby became aware that schoolteachers often pay for classroom supplies for their students out of their own pockets. Around the same time, Ruth read an article about a local project providing teachers with recycled materials, and she was inspired to start something similar to help the teachers in her district. In 1994, Ruth created Ruth’s Reusable Resources as a grassroots, community-driven effort to collect surplus office supplies and other items from individuals and local businesses and make them affordable and available to local teachers. Since she started, Ruth’s Reusable Resources has provided over $54 million in school supplies to tens of thousands of teachers and nonprofits in her area.