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SCARCE Rescue Projects Print E-mail

What's a Rescue Project?

It's quite simple. We keep resources out of the landfills 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.

Over 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, school furniture, art supplies, yarn 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, student in need or any other non-profit.  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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Thanksgiving Holiday Hours:

Wednesday Nov 25 9am-12pm
CLOSED Thursday Nov 26-Sunday Nov 29 (including Book Rescue)

Normal SCARCE Hours

Mon-Fri 9am-4:30pm
Tues 9am-6pm
2nd & 4th Saturdays 9am-12pm


Donating to SCARCE Rescue Programs VIdeo

Books to Keep At Home

"My district has a high poverty level; very few students can afford ordering from Scholastic Books. Before Spring Break, I asked the students if they wanted me to go to SCARCE and they overwhelming said "YES!". Just today, a girl was joyfully sharing facts with her classmates from a book called Dino Poop. This book was from SCARCE and needed a little repair so I taped it up and cleaned it up. I am a big believer in recycling and reusing especially books; I tell the students that they can bring back the books if they find they don't like them. Without SCARCE, my students would not have access to books of their own. Research shows that more books in the home means better reading levels which is why I give my students books to keep."

Kathy Watkiss - Cook County School District #104