We are still chugging along!

It’s now been well over a year since I started this project. The community support has been overwhelming, to say the least. I have invested countless volunteer hours and honestly, I have no idea where this project is headed…but for now we will just keep on doing what we are doing. My basement is overflowing with art and office supplies and we are able to give freely to any teacher or organization in need!

Supporting teachers and providing free materials is such an amazing reward.

Here is some recent feedback from folks who have recieved donations from Silver Spring Creative Reuse.

“Thank you Michelle, Our staff are breaking into the boxes today. They are excited and coming up with all sorts of new projects already. Thank you for thinking of us. What a wonderful program you are leading.” -Saarah @ Camp Magruder in Hyattsville

“Hey Michelle, Thank you so much for donating all those supplies! It will be a huge help with camp. We really appreciate you thinking of us.” -Erin Case @ Girl Scouts Council of the Nation’s Capital

“Gooood Morning Michelle,  The answer to your question is YES, we can surely use any donated items.   Thank you very much for all that you do for us, we appreciate it!”              -Ms. S. Gibson @ Whittier Education Campus

“Thank you Michelle!” -Nicole Rovner @Pine Crest Elementary School PTA

“Hello Michelle, I want to thank you so much for your generous donation of supplies yesterday. Our children are especially excited with some of the new colors of paint and the ornaments that can be painted as well. We actually have or will find good use for everything that was donated. I know you spoke of jewelry yesterday as a part of possible donations, which will work nice as well.”

“Good Afternoon Michelle, Hope all is well. I just wanted to reach out to you again to thank you so very much for the awesome donations. They are really helping our children reach deeper into their artistic desires. I will follow up with you on some pictures as well, as our students are really enjoying the opportunity to paint more often and construct crafts. Also, our staff appreciates the office type supplies as well as the variety of new ideas they can come up with for lesson plans, due to the donations you provided.  We all here at Y.O.U.R. community center send our appreciation.” Andrew Montgomery @ Y.O.U.R community center




Yes…we are still collecting!

I wanted to take a moment to thank all of you who have donated this year! We’ve been able to provide art materials to Anacostia High School, Brightwood Education Campus, Whittier Education Campus, Highland View Elementary School, Flora Singer’s after school program, Thomson Elementary, and the Zenith Community Arts Foundation.

We are always looking for more donations and more places to donate. Please don’t hesitate to reach out with any questions: silverspringcreativereuse@gmail.com


Where to donate in Silver Spring

Organizations in Silver Spring, Maryland Looking for Donations:

1.  Friends of the Library of Montgomery County  accepts books & magazines. They are located at the Old Silver Spring Library
8901 Colesville Road Silver Spring, MD 20910 (301) 933-1110

2. Habitat for Humanity’s ReStore  accepts clean furniture and building supplies. They are located at 12006 Plum Orchard Drive, Silver Spring, MD 20904  (301)947-3304

3. A Wider Circle accepts furniture, towels, bedding and all things to help people with new living spaces. They are located at 9159 Brookville Road
Silver Spring, MD 20910 (301) 608-3504

4. Pennyworth Thrift Shop accepts clothing and household goods. They are located at 949 Bonifant Street, Silver Spring, MD (301)587-6242

5. Silver Spring Creative Reuse accepts fabric, art supplies, office supplies and any other material that can be used creatively. We are located in Silver Spring (202)549-2090 or silverspringcreativereuse@gmail.com



We Are Looking For Teachers In Need of Art Supplies


As of today, we have collected over 250 pounds of materials that will be placed with teachers in need. If you are a teacher in Montgomery County Public Schools or the District of Columbia Public School system and you are in need of materials for your classroom…we have been looking for you.

Please send us an e-mail with your name, school, and what type of materials you are hoping to find. Let us do the work for you! Collecting unused materials from our community and redistributing them into your classroom is what Silver Spring Creative Reuse is all about.

Check out our list of collectible items and send an e-mail to Michelle@coollikepie.com

What is creative reuse?

Creative Reuse (also known as upcycling or repurposing), is when the addition of creativity to an already manufactured item brings a new function. A CD jewel case can become a bird feeder, wine corks turned into a cork board, a t-shirt transformed into a rug. (as defined by The Reuse Alliance)

Silver Spring Creative Reuse is a brand new project currently run by volunteers. We hope to become a non-profit and get our own space as this project grows. Our dream is to become a creative reuse center and sell materials to our community.

However, in the early stages we are launching our project by collecting materials and donating them to art classrooms across our region. We believe that this service will allow art teachers to have access to unique materials that will inspire the students to love creative reuse. In addition, they will have more room in their budget to purchase needed supplies.

It is vitally important that we, as community, strive to curb consumption and create earth-friendly sustainable behaviors.

If you or your business is interested in donating materials please e-mail michelle@coollikepie.com