Over $384,000 Raised For Local Charities

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 twelve years, Garvey's has been able to raise over $384,000 for local charities and we hope to continue to grow this program.

In 2021, we will be raising money for:

1st Qtr: $3,000.00

1st Quarter 2021 Recipient

2nd Qtr: $5,791.87

Kids Above All

3rd Qtr: $3,353.63

Garden Center Services

4th Qtr: TBA

Greater Chicago Food Depository

1st Quarter Recipient: Infant Welfare Society

1st Quarter of 2021 Check Presentation

Dan Garvey presents Infant Welfare Society of Evanston and Angel Harvey Family Health Center of the Infant Welfare Society of Chicago with a check on behalf of our Recycle for a Reason Program 1st quarter donations.

During the first quarter of 2021, we collected empty toner cartridges and donated electronics for Infant Welfare Society of Chicago and Infant Welfare Society of Evanston. Infant Welfare Society's mission is to provide a continuum of integrated, quality, and preventive health care services to children and their families, enabling them to lead healthy and productive lives.

This organization’s history is the legacy of innovation that inspires them to offer the unique and cutting-edge services that their patients need. Since 1924, IWS has incorporated child development and behavioral health counseling into its primary care model, and since 1970, provided pediatric dentistry services to low-income children. Orthodontic care was introduced in 1991 and pediatric optometry in 1995. In 2015, the Child-Centered Health and Advanced Therapies (CHAT) Center, launched to provide speech and occupational therapies for children at risk for developmental delays. To read more about this local charity, visit Infant Welfare Society of Chicago and Infant Welfare Society of Evanston

2nd Quarter of 2021 Check Presentation

Kent Smith (middle) presents Dan Kotowski, President & CEO (on the right) Bebe Bermudez, Director of Human Resources (on the left) from Kids Above All with a check on behalf of our Recycle for a Reason Program 2nd quarter donations.

2nd Quarter of Recipient: Kids Above All

During the second quarter of 2021, we collected empty toner cartridges and donated electronics for Kids Above All– formerly ChildServ. Kids Above All's mission since 1894 has been to protect, heal and educate children and families so they can build better lives. Every child in our care has experienced trauma–abuse, neglect, poverty, toxic stress, or violence. We use a trauma-informed, clinical framework called Attachment, Regulation and Competency (ARC) to encourage healing and personal growth so they can realize their dreams. To read more about this local charity, visit Kids Above All.

3rd Quarter of 2021 Check Presentation

Dave Rauen (middle) presents Garden Center Services with a check on behalf of our Recycle for a Reason Program 3rd quarter donations.

3rd Quarter of Recipient: Garden Center Services

During the third quarter of 2021, we collected empty toner cartridges and donated electronics for Garden Center Services. Garden Center Services was established in 1956 as a grassroots effort to support children with developmental disabilities and their families. What started as an organization run entirely from a space above the garage at Reavis High School has blossomed into a multi-program agency that has a reputation for providing outstanding services to adults with disabilities. To read more about this local charity, visit Garden Center Services.

4th Quarter Recipient: Greater Chicago Food Depository

During the fourth quarter of 2021, we will be collecting 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.

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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