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FRIDAY FOCUS - Re-Use Barn Project, Inc.

The Re-Use Barn Project, Inc. is a project that seeks to reduce the amount of good usable items from getting discarded into the landfill. All donated items are reinvested back into the community to fund scholarships, help disaster victims and support environmental community projects. This week we talked to Re-Use Barn Project representatives, Jacqueline Miller and Rick Farrell and learned a little more about The Re-Use Barn Project’s community efforts.

Q: Tell us about your organization (who you serve, what you do, etc.)
The Re-Use Barn Project, Inc. is a non-profit 501(C)(3) organization dedicated to protecting natural resources through the recycling of reusable items, which limits the amount of waste that enters our local landfills. By providing donated items to the public for a reasonable donation or for free if they are unable to donate, we help keep items out of the landfill, extend the life of the landfill, help preserve our natural resources and save tax dollars. Individuals save the cost of discarding reusable items by making tax deductible donations to the Re-Use Barn Project, Inc. Proceeds from this project are reinvested into schools through college scholarships and charitable donations as well as the community including food banks, churches, rescue squads, fire departments, etc. All of our officers, board members and helpers are volunteers.
Q: What is your favorite “moment” (example of how your organization has helped)?
Our favorite moments are when we can help make a difference to those in our community. Every year we award three college scholarships to high school seniors in the tri-county area who are planning to major in Environmental Science. We are also happy when we can help families that are down on their luck to get back on their feet and see how grateful they are to receive items that have been donated to the Re-Use Barn Project.
Q: What is your biggest challenge?
It can be a challenge for people to find the Re-Use Barn Project. We are in the Bargain Barns in Hughesville. The Rt. 5 By-Pass has made it difficult for new patrons to find us. We also have people who would like to donate items but have no way of getting them to us. We still have many dedicated people who visit us, but there are some days when there is very little activity at the Barn.
Q: Are there any upcoming events?
We are ready for business every weekend. We are open every Saturday from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and every Sunday from noon to 5:00 p.m. at the Bargain Barns in Hughesville.
Q: How can people get involved with your organization?
Our dedicated workers, Jackie and Terry Miller are at the Barn every weekend. They would be happy to have anyone stop by to discuss the project and/or get involved. Volunteers are always needed to help process the donated items.