Have you ever wondered what happens to the donations that Dorcas Ministries cannot resell?
Whether it is clothes, books, or metal electronics, Dorcas has found ways to recycle all of these items in an effort to not fill up landfills and continue to generate funds for the ministry.
The effort to recycle began less than six years ago, when then Store Manager, Howard Manning (now Executive Director) realized there had to be more we could do with unsalable items, especially clothes. We began by donating our recycled clothes to other local agencies and eventually found a vendor willing to pay Dorcas for those items. In May 2013, we raised $4,300 by recycling clothes – that’s fifteen TONS of recycled clothes that we sell at 15 cents a pound.
In 2009, Dorcas Ministries began recycling scrap metal. In 2011, we recycled enough metal equal to the weight of 12 VW Bugs, that’s about 31,495 pounds of metal! Each month, the scrap metal recycling team is generating several hundred dollars of funds.
Speaking of recycling, in April and May Dorcas Ministries partnered with NC State University’s Wolf Pack and Give Program for the second year. The end of year program allows students to place unwanted clothes, dorm room equipment, food and other items into one of 12 pods on campus.
A team of truck drivers from Dorcas picks up the merchandise over a 2 week period as exams are ending. Jim Speight, Dorcas Ministries Board Member who worked with the program, said “Without the program, most of the donations would end up in the landfill. With the program, 21 pickup truck loads made its way through our system and into the hands of new users. Six hundred plus pounds of food made its way into the pantry of needy Dorcas clients.”
Thank you to all of the Dorcas volunteers who are committed to helping us recycle and not fill up dumpsters! We would not be successful in this venture without your efforts and support.