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March 7, 2008

Sick but Surviving!

Sorry we've been out of touch for a while. We've just had round 3 of whatever this illness is that's going around. And when I say we, I mean our entire staff has been sick at one or more times in February and March. It's really tough because it completely knocks you out and makes it hard to function let alone get any work done.

Being sick started at such a pivotal time, too, as we've been working on an exciting new partnership for the Home Improvement Outlet. Bargain Mart, the store that occupies the space next to us, is partnering with Materials Matter to share space and proceeds. This gives Materials Matter the opportunity to have a much better selection of products for our customers as well as a way to increase our exposure, ultimately helping us to support our programs to get materials into the hands of nonprofits and recycle. While we are downsizing our own space, we can consolidate our merchandise to make sure that we only are selling the products that sell, instead of wasting floor space.

It’s a great model of a new kind of partnership for us, and we’re thrilled. We’ve begun to make changes throughout the store, and will have a grand opening/reopening on March 14 – so we’ll definitely have a lot to say after next week. We’re making so many positive changes and it’s really exciting. We’ve also been opening the doors to many new distribution partners expanding our mission to serve many more organizations. In the past month we’ve distributed over 200 pallets worth of products to nonprofits. We are having a ‘Distribution Week’ to our Community Chest members during the week of March 17, so there is a lot going on, but we’re just trying to get and stay healthy. We’ll take pictures of the grand opening and of the Distribution Days.