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We are a local business with deep roots in our community. Part of our mission is to be a contributing member of that community. Unfortunately, there are always many more worthy causes than there are resources. As a business, we concentrate our efforts by helping local groups with a focus on:

  • Fighting Local Hunger: We have adopted Food Gatherers as our primary charity because we believe fighting hunger in our own backyard is essential and because Food Gatherers is a highly effective organization run by great people. Our annual Circle of Art benefit is our biggest charitable effort.
  • Art Education: We like art teachers and try to support them as much as possible. One of the most fun parts of our recycling effort is the donation of extra materials to art teachers. If you are an art educator feel free to stop by or drop us an email and we will add you to our distribution list for mat scraps and other good stuff.
  • Local Initiatives: Nearly twenty-five years as small business owners have taught us how interconnected a local economy is. We support groups like Think Local First which supports local business rooted in our community; Waste Knot which supports business recycling efforts in Washtenaw County; and The Art Alliance which encourages partnerships and exchanges between local artists and arts organizations.

Donation Requests

If you represent a local organization or cause that is looking for support you can download our Donation Request Form. Let us know what you need and we’ll see if we can help. We are particularly interested in creative solutions that take a fresh approach to local problems.