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SCARCE Rescue Projects Print E-mail

What's a Rescue Project?

It's quite simple. We save landfill space and help those in need. Most of the items we accept would have ended up in a landfill - so we "rescue" them, and make them available for others.

Twenty years ago we caught wind that schools were throwing away books they no longer needed. That was the start of our rescue projects. We took those books and gave them to others in need. Our project started from there and continued growing into what it is today. What started with books has turned into school supplies, shoes, cell phones and more!

We run several rescue projects.  Our main rescue projects are:

  • Book Rescue
  • Tools for Schools


    SCARCE operates all of our Rescue Programs based on donations and volunteers.


    What else do we rescue?  

    We collect anything a school could need.  We also collect items for resuse and recycling. Check out all of our programs, but a short list of items we collect includes:

    • all books
    • pens
    • pencils
    • paper
    • spiral notebooks
    • binders
    • crayons
    • rulers
    • desks
    • pianos
    • yarn
    • art supplies
    • overhead projectors
    • keys
    • eye glasses
    • American Flags
    • cell phones
    • inkjet cartridges


    Who gets what we rescue?

    Our books and school supplies go to any school, teacher or student in need.  Our books and school supplies go to local schools, schools throughout the country and schools around the world.  Schools have been to us that have had no library and have taken books to open a new library.  Schools who lost books due to a flood have started back up with our help.  Teachers in low income districts who come to their classroom with no supplies have started with us.  Missionary trips teaching kids around the world take our books with them.  We help anyone in need.

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    SCARCE Hours

    Mon, Wed, Thu, Fri: 9am - 4:30pm

    Tue: 9am - 6pm

    2nd & 4th Sat of the month: 9am - noon

    Donating to SCARCE Rescue Programs VIdeo

    SCARCE Helps Keep Kids Out of Prison

    These students are at-risk youth. They are on the cusp of being expelled and becoming a burden on society. SCARCE is helping our program to keep our students off the streets and out of prisons. This I assure you, will cost more tax money in the long run than keeping SCARCE open for teachers like me to make use of now.

    Yes, I know my program is not in DuPage, so one might say who cares?
    These students if not directed with a solid education, may become not just a burden on Cook County, or DuPage,
    but the state and nation as a whole.

    SCARCE does not just seek to help out the environment in a "green" "eco-friendly" way, but allows me to create a better environment for good kids who have made bad decisions.

    Neil Gonzales- RISE Educator Worth