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Over $419,000 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 sixteen years, Garvey's has been able to raise over $419,000 for local charities and we hope to continue to grow this program.

In 2023, we raised money for:

1st Qtr: $3,763.74

DayOne Pact

2nd Qtr: $5,000.00

Haymarket Center

3rd Qtr: $2,500.00

City of Hope

4th Qtr: $2,500.00

Greater Chicago Food Depository
1st Quarter of 2023 Check Presentation

During 1st quarter of 2023, Dawn McAnaney and Kerri Spreng presented DayOne Pact with a check on behalf of our Recycle for a Reason Program.

1st Quarter Recipient: DayOne Pact

During the first quarter of 2023, we collected empty toner cartridges and donated electronics for DayOne Pact. DayOne PACT is a unique not-for-profit agency that provides service case management, trust and guardianship services for people with disabilities in Illinois. This service is their Life Management Services™ program. In addition, they function as the Child and Family Connections agency for DuPage, Kane and Kendall Counties. This service works with families with children who are eligible for services through the Illinois early Intervention system.

In 1981, a group of families who were concerned about the future care of their loved ones with disabilities, decided together to start a new organization that would be there for their sons and daughters when they could no longer be. Their founders selected the name PACT, Inc. for this new venture. This name was meaningful to them because it signified a “pact” or agreement formed between families and the agency, assuring that the needs of their loved ones would be met by a caring organization. PACT, Inc. merged with DayOne Network in 2016 and their name became DayOne PACT in order to further extend the reach of their two companies. To read more about this local charity, visit DayOne Pact.

2nd Quarter Recipient: Haymarket Center

During the second quarter of 2023, we collected empty toner cartridges and donated electronics for Haymarket Center. The mission of Haymarket Center is to aid people with substance use disorders in their recovery by providing comprehensive behavioral health solutions.

Founded in 1975 by the late Monsignor Ignatius McDermott and Dr. James West, McDermott Center dba Haymarket Center is the largest not-for-profit community-based adult detoxification, residential, and outpatient substance use treatment facility in Chicago. Msgr. McDermotts and Dr. West’s understanding of addiction as a disease provided the motivation for their call for treatment in lieu of criminalization. This fundamental perspective continues to guide Haymarket Center in pioneering innovative, high quality, community-based behavioral health programs that are gender responsive, culturally appropriate and population specific. Although Haymarket serves primarily persons experiencing homelessness and/or poverty, many with justice system backgrounds, from the south and west side communities of Chicago, it extends its services to the entirety of Illinois. Since its inception Haymarket Center has remained wholeheartedly devoted to identifying and designing new and progressive methods for furthering our founding mission: “to aid people with chemical dependency in their recovery by providing a continuum of optimal professional care that is responsive to the identified needs of the community.” To read more about this local charity, visit Haymarket Center.

3rd Quarter Recipient: City of Hope

During the third quarter of 2023, collected empty toner cartridges and donated electronics for City of Hope. The mission of City of Hope is to transform the future of cancer care. Each day they work to turn science into a practical benefit; hope into reality. They accomplish that by unifying the branches of biomedical research, treatment and academia. Having scientists, treatment staff and manufacturing facilities in close proximity, their treatment advances can travel from laboratory to patient with life-saving speed.

Fighting to save lives since 1913, City of Hope is dedicated to making a difference in the lives of people with cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening illnesses. With locations in California, Arizona, Illinois, and Georgia, our team of more than 11,000 includes researchers, associates, scientists, doctors, nurses, allied health professionals, graduate students, fundraising specialists, marketing professionals, volunteers and support staff. From their earliest days as simply two tents in the desert, City of Hope has transformed over the decades to become of the nation’s leading-edge cancer treatment and care centers. Explore the history and discover some of the breakthrough innovations and achievements that helped build their legacy, visit City of Hope.

4th Quarter of 2023 Check Presentation

During 4th quarter of 2023, Patrick Garvey presented Ashley Lundgren from GCFD with a check on behalf of our Recycle for a Reason Program.

4th Quarter Recipient: Greater Chicago Food Depository

During the fourth quarter of 2023, we will be collecting empty toner cartridges and donated electronics for Greater Chicago Food Depository. The mission of Greater Chicago Food Depository (GCFD) is to end hunger. To achieve their mission, they work in partnership with a network of community-based organizations and individuals. They connect our neighbors with healthy food, lift their voices and advance solutions that address the root causes of hunger – poverty, systemic inequity and structural racism. Together, we are greater. Together, we can end hunger. To read more about this local charity, visit the Greater Chicago Food Depository.


2024 1st Quarter Recipient: The Children's Center of Cicero-Berwyn

During the 1st quarter of 2024, we will be collecting empty toner cartridges and donated electronics for The Children's Center of Cicero-Berwyn. The mission of The Children's Center of Cicero-Berwyn is to partner with families and community and provide a strong educational foundation to prepare children for future success. The Children’s Center of Cicero Berwyn provides a nurturing, inclusive, developmentally appropriate atmosphere for children, while supporting parents and caregivers in their critical role as their child’s first teacher. They respect the child as a unique and special individual. They encourage families to help their children celebrate their culture, enjoy life, learn to accept themselves and others, and prepare them for academic success. All programs are bilingual (Spanish/English). They provide educational, play-based childcare, full and half day Head Start and Preschool for All classrooms and home-based, child development and parenting programs. To read more about this local charity, visit the The Children's Center of Cicero-Berwyn.


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)

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