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Forgivable loans available through COVID-19 Paycheck Protection Program

Posted By Jen Newberg, Thursday, April 2, 2020

Reuse, repair and rental business owners:

You are a valuable part of the reuse community and we want to help you weather this crisis.  We know that like you, your employees are invested in the circular economy so we want to share this opportunity to support you and your teams.

Consider taking advantage of the forgivable loan program to bridge your businesses and staff for the coming months through the Small Business Association Paycheck Protection Program.  Loans become available Friday, April 3, 2020 and there will be high demand.  Our local advisors recommend that you get your application to your business bank Friday or as soon as possible.

U.S. Small Business Association (SBA) Paycheck Protection Program (PPP)

Tags:  advocacy  building material reuse  circular ecomony  Do It Green! Minnesota  fair repair  fast fashion  network  repair  reuse  reuse minnesota  reusemn  right to repair  thrift  volunteer 

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A New Kind of Library - Minneapolis Toy Library

Posted By Rebecca Merrill, Monday, January 6, 2020
Did you know? The Minneapolis Toy Library is a lending program for families with children ages birth - 5 years. Like a book library, you can check out toys, take them home for up to 4 weeks, and then exchange them for new ones when you return!

With a mission to reduce waste, promote development, and build community, the Minnesota Toy Library offers a sliding scale for their annual membership ($40-$100) depending on what works best for your family.

Located in the basement of the Richfield Lutheran Church, the toy library offers an opportunity for families to connect with one another while supporting their child(ren)’s development through play and reducing their impact on the environment.

Toys are broken up into categories:
*Board Games
*Blocks
*Dramatic Play
*Fine Motor
*Large Motor
*Literacy
*Manipulatives
*Math and Cognitive
*Music
*Puzzles
*Science and Sensory
*Vehicles
*Toy Library Kits (this includes our trip kits and birthday kits) 

Here are some helpful tips for your first visit:
*They accept cash, check or credit 
*You'll fill out a digital membership form at the library
*Consider signing up for our volunteer membership for only $20 (check out the details on the membership page!)
*Bring a large bag to haul your toys home
*There is a small flight of stairs you have to go down - leave strollers outside or right inside the doors

Check out MplsToyLibrary.org for more information!

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Tags:  circular ecomony  network  reuse  reuse minnesota  reusemn  volunteer  volunteers 

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ReUSE Minnesota Wants YOU!

Posted By Admin, Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Updated: Sunday, April 28, 2019

Are you a reuse enthusiast? Are you interested in joining a community? Are you looking for a way to support local businesses and organizations? Are you excited to volunteer and share or develop a skillset?

If you said “yes!” to any of these scenarios, then you’re a great fit for ReUSE Minnesota Ambassadors!

ReUSE Minnesota Ambassadors are our organization’s fantastic volunteers that support ReUSE Minnesota’s mission through a wide range of opportunities. Depending on your interests, experience, and availability you can:

  • Table at events and casually talk with people about the reuse industry, our organization, and opportunities to reuse, repair, and rent. Examples: Green Gifts Fair at Midtown Global Market, Earth Day celebrations, sporting events
  • Present at events and more formally share information about reuse, tips for reuse, and becoming involved with ReUSE Minnesota. Examples: Local businesses and nonprofits interested in incorporating more reuse, community education courses
  • Support an event and help with set-up/take-down or coordinating activities. Examples: Minnesota State Fair Eco Experience, ReUSE Minnesota conferences
  • Create content to share in ReUSE Minnesota’s newsletter and social media platforms
  • Provide a completely different skill or dive into an area of interest you think would benefit the organization – we’d love to hear your ideas!

After your initial training, there isn’t a requirement for how many events you need to attend or the amount of time you need to commit, so your involvement can flex based on your availability.

Our big upcoming event is a booth at the Minnesota State Fair Eco Experience this summer – the Repair & Reuse RoomSubmit an application today and we’ll be in touch!

Tags:  ambassadors  volunteer  volunteers 

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