Recycling Program Over $207,000 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 $197,000 for local charities and we hope to continue to grow this program.


In 2015, we have raised money for:

1st Qtr: $9,833.92

The Resurrection Project

2nd Qtr: $12,782.24

3rd Qtr: 9,141.33

4th Qtr: TBA


Dan Garvey presents The Resurrection Project a check on behalf of our Recycle for a Reason programAt the end of the 1st quarter, Garvey's Office Products presented a check to The Resurrection Project (TPR) for $9,833.92 on behalf of our Recycle for a Reason program. The Resurrection Project's mission is to is to build relationships and challenge people to act on their faith and values to create healthy communities through organizing, education, and community development. TRP's real estate development work creates new units of affordable housing for area families. And while the impact in helping a family secure a safe, affordable, quality home can't be measured, the impact on the surrounding communities can be appreciated in seeing how the physical environment is transformed. The physical development work TRP pursues has left an indelible mark on its target neighborhoods, turning empty lots, blighted structures, and boarded-up buildings into new community assets.


"This donation now by Garvey's Office Products is significantly timely as it will be matched dollar-for-dollar by an anonymous donor to TRP's Imagine More Campaign. To help TRP accomplish its ambitious fundraising and programmatic goals – to do more in the next five years than its done in its first 25 -- this generous donor has presented TRP with a $10M challenge grant to raise new and increased funding from individuals, corporations, and foundations. Garvey's support through its Recycle for a Reason philanthropy program puts TRP closer to this challenge goal, and its impact is doubled! Thank you for this partnership to reach broader Chicago populations over time, and build healthy communities together."
  - Bethann Hester, TRP


2nd Quarter Recipients– Chicago Zoological Society-Brookfield ZooAt the end of the 2nd quarter, Garvey's Office Products presented a check to Chicago Zoological Society–Brookfield Zoo for $12,782.24 on behalf of our Recycle for a Reason program. Chicago Zoological Society's mission is to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature. When the Chicago Zoological Society (CZS) was founded nearly 100 years ago, people lived closer to nature and the land, and radio was the hottest new technology. Today, we can fly to China in hours and watch videos of African wildlife on pocket-sized devices. While much has changed, one thing is still the same—our mission to inspire conservation leadership by connecting people with wildlife and nature.


From the beginning, our institution has sought to inspire people and help them learn about the roles they play in conservation. The best tool for accomplishing this is, and always has been, our animals. For our guests, there is nothing more powerful or inspiring than staring at a lion through three inches of glass or watching a rhino wallow in the mud. We believe our guests—all 2.3 million agree with us because for the seventh year in a row, Brookfield Zoo was the Chicago area's most popular paid cultural attraction, and our membership grew to more than 115,000 households—the second highest of any zoo in North America.


Inspiring our guests remains one of our top priorities, but it's not the only one. At CZS, we seek to establish the highest standards and best practices in animal and veterinary care, behavioral research and endocrinology, and nutrition. In addition, we create conservation leaders and future scientists every day through school visits, teacher trainings, and community programs that encourage everyone, regardless of background, to understand the importance of wildlife, nature, and the environment. For more information about Chicago Zoological Society–Brookfield Zoo, visit Chicago Zoological Society


3rd Quarter Recipients – Pacific Garden MissionAt the end of the 3rd quarter, Garvey's Office Products presented a check to Pacific Garden Mission (PGM). The Pacific Garden Mission has been a place of refuge and transformation. Millions weary of struggling through life's storms, have come to the "Old Lighthouse" seeking food, shelter, clothing, medical, and dental care. They also came seeking the answer to life's struggles. At Pacific Garden Mission, they are offered the answer: life through faith in Jesus Christ. But the power of the Holy Spirit doesn't stop with salvation. PGM has a mission to provide discipleship to men and women who profess faith in Jesus. Located in South Loop they are open 24 hours a day, 365 days a year and turn no one away. On any given night they hold 800 to 1200 people. All services are free. They are able to continue to help men, women and children every day because of our partners and donors who are our only means of support. For more information, visit


Let's continue the momentum into the fourth quarter of 2015 and see if we can top our results! During the fourth quarter, we will be collecting empty toner cartridges and donated electronics for the: Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD). The Greater Chicago Food Depository, 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 68 million pounds of shelf-stable food, fresh produce, dairy products and meat, the equivalent of 155,000 meals every day. The food need in Cook County has never been greater and together we can hopefully make a difference! 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.


Check out some of the past recipients of our Recycle for a Reason Program:

  • Mercy Home for Boys and Girls
  • Easter Seals
  • Misericordia
  • Jane Addams Hull House
  • Girls Scouts of Northern IL
  • Prevent Child Abuse America
  • Rotary Club Chicago Near North
  • Aspire Chicago
  • UCAN
  • American Heart Association
  • Youth Serivces of Northbrook/Glenview
  • Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network
  • The DuSable Museum of African American History
  • Catholic Charities
  • Streetwise
  • Make A WIsh Illinois
  • Alzheimer's Association
  • Chicago Urban League
  • The Salvation Army
  • Inspiration Corporation
  • Youth Build Lake County
  • Concordia Place
  • Greater Chicago Food Depository
  • Bernie's Book Bank
  • Center on Halsted
  • Good News Partners
  • Aging Care Connections
  • The Resurrection Project
  • Brookfield Zoo
  • Pacific Garden Mission
  • Greater Chicago Food Despository
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