The Community Thrift Shop receives Conservation Award!

The Community Thrift Shop has been named

2016 Conservationist of the Year

by Van Buren Conservation District!

In her introduction AJ Brucks from the Van Buren Conservation District honored our staff for our recycling efforts and thanked us for our partnership with the VBCD. She announced that our shop has handled over 80,000 pounds of electronics for recycling. She also thanked us for our other recycling efforts for metal, cardboard, books, etc.
Tonya Schuitmaker, Michigan State Senator and Beth Griffin, Michigan State Representative presented The Community Thrift Shop with a framed tribute from the state of Michigan. The tribute reads:
State of Michigan
Special Tribute
To
COMMUNITY THRIFT SHOP
2016 Conservationist of the Year

LET IT BE KNOWN, That it is with profound admiration for the difference that they have made in the community that we commemorate the Community Thrift Shop in Paw Paw as they are recognized by the Van Buren Conservationist District as the 2016 Conservationist of the year. As members of the community and the VBCD, along with managers and volunteers of the Community Thrift Shop, gather to celebrate this event, we add our voice to commend the Community Thrift Shop for the work they have done to earn this honor. 

Paw Paw’s Community Thrift Shop is not a traditional resale shop. Their managers and volunteers are dedicated, hardworking, and passionate.  They go above and beyond to make a difference in the Van Buren community.  The Community Thrift Shop has taken service to another level.  They have outgrown their first location and are now working on outgrowing their current location.  They have expanded their collection efforts and are dedicated to finding second homes for any materials that are donated. 

The Community Thrift Shop is a primary partner with the VBCD in Van Buren County’s recycling program, specifically electronic recycling. They are passionate about helping people and the planet and truly live up to their tag line “we believe in second chances”.  With the partnership between the VBCD and Green Earth Recycling, the Community Thrift Shop has been able to help recycle tens of thousands of pounds of electronics over the past two years. 

IN SPECIAL TRIBUTE, Therefore, This document is signed and dedicated to commemorate the Community Thrift Shop in Paw Paw as they are recognized by the VBCD as the 2016 Conservationist of the Year. May the future continue to bring them great success. 

Signed
Thursday, July 27, 2017
By:
Beth Griffin, State Representative
Tonya Shuitmaker, State Senator
Fred Upton, U.S. Congressman
Brian N. Calley, Lieutenant Governor
Rick Snyder, Governor
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2 thoughts on “The Community Thrift Shop receives Conservation Award!

    1. Thank you so much, Laurie, Kudos to the donors for doing the right thing in donating their electronics and thanks for all of the hard work that our staff does when handling these items. Imagine…..80,000 pounds of toasters, blenders, bread makers and televisions! Thank you as well for your part as a shopper and a donor!

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