Recycling Program Over $140,000 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 six years, Garvey's has been able to raise over $140,000 for local charities and we hope to continue to grow this program.


In 2013, we have raised money for:

1st Qtr: $10,689.04

Inspiration Corporation

2nd Qtr: $10,861.92

YouthBuild Lake County

3rd Qtr: $8,523.74

4th Qtr: $10,000.00


At the end of the 1st quarter, Garvey's Office Products presented a check to Inspiration Corporation for $10,689.04 on behalf of our Recycle for a Reason program. Inspiration Corporation is a nonprofit organization that helps people who are affected by homelessness and poverty to improve their lives and increase self-sufficiency through the provision of social services, employment training and placement, and housing. For more information, visit


YouthBuild Lake County Check Presentation

At the end of the 2nd quarter, Bernie Garvey from Garvey's Office Products presented a check to Steve Blinderman and Laurel Tustison of YouthBuild Lake County for $10,861.92 on behalf of our Recycle for a Reason program.


YBLC is a non-profit organization that provides the education and training necessary to help at-risk young adults become gainfully employed and build a more hopeful future. YouthBuild Lake County is affiliated with YouthBuild USA, voted among the nation's most effective non-profit organizations because of its successful partnering with local community businesses to reach its goals. For more information, visit


YouthBuild Lake County Grad Photo

Pictured above is the 2013 Spring Graduating Class from YouthBuild Lake County. Congrats Grads!


At the end of the 3rd quarter, Garvey's Office Products was able to raise a total of $8,523.74 on behalf of our Recycle for a Reason program. During the third quarter, we were able to raise money for three local charities– THANC Foundation ($5,000), Concordia Place ($2,523.74) and East Lake Academy ($1,000.


THANC Foundation was incorporated in April 2003 and has quickly grown to become the largest private funder of research in the country for these areas of cancer. In addition to research, THANC sponsors continuing professional medical education, community awareness and education, as well as patient outreach and support programs. Under the medical direction of Dr. Mark Urken, THANC has recently been housed within the Institute for Head and Neck and Thyroid Cancer at the Phillips Ambulatory Care Center at Beth Israel Medical Center. For more information, visit


Concordia Place is a non-profit organization with a mission to "create involved communities where all our neighbors can gather, learn, and grow." We provide a place where varied economic, ethnic, racial, and faith backgrounds come together in an atmosphere of mutual appreciation and respect. For more information, visit


East Lake Academy strives to build the complete person in its students – developing their full potential by teaching the mind, educating the heart and forming the will. We aim to serve society by promoting in our students' academic excellence, spiritual growth and personal development, thereby creating future leaders for the Catholic Church and society as a whole. For more information, visit


At the end of the 4th quarter, Garvey's Office Products presented a check to Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) for $10,000.00 on behalf of our Recycle for a Reason program. GCFD is Chicago's food bank — a nonprofit food distribution and training center that provides food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community. The Food Depository, founded in 1979, makes a daily impact across Cook County with a network of 650 pantries, soup kitchens, shelters, mobile programs, children's programs, older adult programs and innovative responses that address the root causes of hunger. Last year, the Food Depository distributed 66 million pounds of shelf-stable food, fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of 150,000 meals every day. Recently Garvey's teamed up with the Greater Chicago Food Depository to become a Food Drive Transporation Parter. For more information about the Food Driver Transporation Partnership, click here.


Let's continue the momentum into 2014 and see if we can top our results! The first quarter of 2014, we will be collecting empty toner cartridges and donated electronics for: Bernie's Book Bank. Bernie's Book Bank's 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.


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.


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