Over $306,000 Raised For Local Charities

Recycle for a Reason - Donation Chart

Recycle for a Reason is Garvey's Office Products toner and electronics recycling program. Each quarter, we collect used toner cartridges, flattened cardboard boxes and used electronics that our customers want to recycle. We pool all of these items together to raise money for local charitable organizations and keep the unwanted items 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 guidelines on what we can and cannot collect. To view the list of items we can pick up, 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.

As you may know, we use the program to raise funds for some wonderful local charities. In the past eleven years, Garvey's has been able to raise over $306,000 for local charities and we hope to continue to grow this program.

In 2017, we are raised money for:

1st Qtr: 11,168.45


2nd Qtr: 11,016.46

The Night Ministry

3rd Qtr: $10,024.66


4th Qtr: 16,722.14

Greater Chicago Food Depository

1st Qtr. Recipient: AgeOptions

During the first quarter of 2017, collected empty toner cartridges and donated electronics for AgeOptions. AgeOptions is a nonprofit organization connecting older adults and those who care for them with resources and service options so they can live their lives to the fullest. Since 1974, their mission has been to sustain and promote independence for older persons in their own homes and communities.

As the Area Agency on Aging of suburban Cook County, Illinois, they advocate, plan, coordinate and fund services for older adults. Together with a network of community-based senior service organizations, they connect residents with vital services such as information and assistance, community dining programs and home-delivered meals, housekeeping help, employment services, access to benefits and support for family caregivers.

2nd Quarter of 2017 Check Presentation: The Night Ministry

Rick Lannert (R) presents Erin Ryan (L) from The Night Ministry with a check on behalf of our Recycle for a Reason Program.

2nd Qtr. Recipient: The Night Ministry

During the second quarter of 2017, we collected empty toner cartridges and donated electronics for The Night Ministry. The Night Ministry is a Chicago-based organization that works to provide housing, health care and human connection to members of our community struggling with poverty or homelessness. With an open heart and an open mind, The Night Ministry accept people as they are and work to address their immediate physical, emotional and social needs while affirming their sense of humanity.

The Night Ministry serves youths and adults who face multiple complex challenges on a daily basis, including homelessness, poverty, abuse, loneliness, and neglect. Many of us who are not on the streets take for granted a lifetime of "helping hands" from family and friends. The people they serve often have not had this help. The Night Ministry offers several programs to these youth and adults including outreach services, short-term housing, pregnant and parenting services, and a transitional living program called STEPS. To learn more about these programs, visit The Night Ministry.

3rd Quarter of 2017 Check Presentation: Clearbrook

Burt Horowitz (Middle) presents Anthony DiVittorio (L) and Emma Hershey (R) from Clearbrook with a check on behalf of our Recycle for a Reason Program.

3rd Qtr. Recipient: Clearbrook

During the thrid quarter of 2017, we collected empty toner cartridges and donated electronics for Clearbrook. Clearbrook Clearbrook is committed to being a leader in creating innovative opportunities, services and supports for people with disabilities. Clearbrook serves people over a range of ages and disabilities from children diagnosed with developmental delays at birth to the unique needs of seniors with disabilities and all ages in between. Annually, we support over 8,000 individuals as well as their families in 15 counties, in over 160 communities and 50 locations throughout Chicago, the suburbs, and northern Illinois. We are proud to be the largest provider of home-based services in Illinois.

Clearbrook began in the mid-fifties as the vision of a group of northwest suburban Chicagoland parents in response to the unmet educational needs of their children with special needs. What started as a small school in the barn of a Rolling Meadows church grew initially in response to the needs of the children first served by Clearbrook as they aged: vocational services, employment services and residential services were developed. Eventually, the educational pendulum swung back and, once again children, though now the very young, were identified as a priority population, and Clearbrook's early intervention program was opened. To read more about this local charity, visit Clearbrook.

4th Quarter of 2017 Check Presentation: Greater Chicago Food Depository

Kelly Klein from the Greater Chicago Food Depository receives a check from Garvey's on behalf of our Recycle for a Reason Program.

4th Qtr. Recipient: Greater Chicago Food Depository

During the fourth quarter of 2017, we collected empty toner cartridges and donated electronics for the Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD). The Greater Chicago Food Depository is Chicago's food bank. They provide food for hungry people while striving to end hunger in our community.

The GCFD do this in partnership with 700 agencies and programs including pantries, soup kitchens, shelters and responses for children, older adults and veterans. This network distributes food where it is needed most throughout Cook County. Since 1979, the Food Depository has made a daily impact on hunger across Cook County. Last year, the Food Depository distributed nearly 72 million pounds of food, 37% of which was fresh produce. Every day they distribute the equivalent of 164,000 meals. Their impact adds up and they have been recognized as one of the leading charities in Chicago. To read more about this local charity, visit Greater Chicago Food Depository.

Announcing the 1st Quarter Recipient for 2018:
Chicago Child Care Society

During the first quarter of 2018, we will begin collecting empty toner cartridges and donated electronics for Chicago Child Care Society. Located in Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, Chicago Child Care Society (CCCS) is the oldest continually operating child welfare agency in the state of Illinois.

Chicago Child Care Society has a 168-year history of providing unconditional support to families in our community and being the family for countless children who met the unfortunate fate of losing theirs. Since our founding in 1849, our programs, services, initiatives and partnerships have taken shape to meet the ever changing needs of vulnerable children. The common thread through every year of our existence is the core belief that children thrive when they are nurtured, supported and given opportunities to learn in a stimulating environment. Chicago Child Care Society mission is to provide innovative, community-based education and social service programs that address the current and emerging needs of vulnerable children and their families. To read more about this local charity, visit Chicago Child Care Society.

Help Us Make a Difference

It's a win/win situation, and it's never too late to start donating. Simply collect your flattened cardboard, empty toner cartridges and electronics 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.

Items We Can Pick-Up For Recycling

To view a complete list of items we can pick-up for our recycling program, click here (PDF)

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

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