Recycling Program Over $175,000 Raised for local charities

Recycle For A Reason is a toner and electronics recycling program at Garvey's Office Products. Each quarter, we will pool all of our empty toner cartridges and donated electronics together to raise money for local charitable organizations and keep them 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 set forth guidelines for what we can and cannot collect. To view guidelines, 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.



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As you may know, we use the program to raise funds for some wonderful local charities. In the past seven years, Garvey's has been able to raise over $175,000 for local charities and we hope to continue to grow this program.


In 2014, we have raised money for:

1st Qtr: $7,305.98

Bernie's Book Bank

2nd Qtr: $6,709.68

Center on Halsted

3rd Qtr: 6,909.68

Good News Partners

4th Qtr: 9,984.19

Aging Care Connections


Braian Floriani and Dan GarveyAt the end of the 1st quarter, Dan Garvey presented a check to Brian Floriani at Bernie's Book Bank for $7,305.98 on behalf of our Recycle for a Reason program. Bernie's Book Bank mission is to facilitates the collection, processing and redistribution of new and gently used children's books to significantly increase BOOK OWNERSHIP among at-risk infants, toddlers and school-age children throughout Chicagoland.


Bernie’s Book Bank is the logistical bridge between where books are today, and are no longer being used, to where they are not, but are desperately needed. We do three things exceptionally well: we collect hundreds of thousands of new and gently used books; we process them into collections of six age-appropriate and leveled books; and we deliver them directly into the hands of low-income children who have none of their own. With a sense of urgency and professionalism, we’ve taken the guesswork out of what to do with outgrown children’s books.


Bernie’s Book Bank is changing that trajectory today for more than 80,000 children in Chicago and its suburbs. Each child we serve receives a minimum of 12 books per year from us.  The books are theirs to keep at home forever. For more information, visit


Lewis Warrick and Peter KozeraAt the end of the 2nd quarter, Garvey's Office Products was able to raise a total of $6,709.68 on behalf of our Recycle for a Reason program and presented a check to Lewis Warrick, CFO at the Center on Halsted. Center on Halsted mission is to advance community and secures the health and well-being of the LGBTQ people of Chicagoland.


Center on Halsted is the Midwest's most comprehensive community center dedicated to advancing community and securing the health and well-being of the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer (LGBTQ) people of Chicagoland. More than 1,000 community members visit the Center every day, located in the heart of Chicago's Lakeview Neighborhood. They work hard to provide a safe and welcoming environment with programs and services for the entire community. Our programs range from volleyball, dance performances and cooking classes to rapid HIV testing, group therapy and vocational training. We partner regularly with other organizations and groups from across Chicago and the nation to provide additional programming for the community. For more information, visit Center on Halsted.


At the end of the 3rd quarter, Garvey's Office Products was able to raise a total of $6,909.68 on behalf of our Recycle for a Reason program and presented a check to Good News Partners. Good News Partners’ mission has remained constant: to create safe, affordable and reliable housing, and to help build confidence and community simultaneously. Good News Partners (GNP) is a faith-based community organization that strives to bring about conditions in which hope, justice, responsibility, and reconciliation flourish in Chicago’s East Rogers Park North of Howard neighborhood. GNP provides affordable housing for otherwise homeless families with a step-by-step transition from interim housing to independent living. Our housing options include: New Life Interim Housing, a 36-bed shelter for otherwise homeless women and their children; a large single-room occupancy (SRO), the Jonquil, accommodating 58 families; 2nd stage and GNP subsidized rental housing; and 60 units of co-operative housing affordable for families with low and very low income. As a faith-based ministry we seek to embody the hope, freedom, opportunity, community, and justice God intends for us all. We welcome everyone -- especially people often discriminated against because of race, gender, economic condition, religion, sexual orientation, or national origins. For more information, visit


Scott Larson presenting a check to Aging Care ConnectionsAt the end of the 4th quarter, Garvey's Office Products was able to raise a total of $9,984.19 on behalf of our Recycle for a Reason program and presented a check to Aging Care Connections. Aging Care Connections is a private, not-for-profit organization dedicated to making a difference in the lives of older adults and their families through community-based services that promote dignity, self-respect and independence. Founded in 1971, Aging Care Connections provides comprehensive services to adults sixty years of age and older in five suburban townships located within Cook County. Aging Care Connections is designated by the Illinois Department on Aging as an ADULT PROTECTIVE SERVICES PROVIDER. Aging Care Connections is available to receive reports of abuse, neglect and exploitation of elders and the disabled older than the age of 18 to investigate reports of suspected physical and emotional abuse, neglect, or financial exploitation. For more information, visit


Let's continue the momentum into 2015 and see if we can top our results! During the first quarter of 2015, we will be collecting empty toner cartridges and donated electronics for: The Resurrection Project. The Resurrection Project's mission is to build relationships and challenge people to act on their faith and values to create healthy communities through organizing, education, and community development. For more information, visit


It's a win/win situation, and it's never too late to start. Simply collect your cartridges 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.


For more information about:

Bernie's Book Bank, visit:

Center on Halsted, visit:

Good News Partners, visit:

Aging Care Connections, visit:



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