Message from Ann: July/August 2017

Dear Friends,

Happy Summer — I hope y’all are staying cool during these dog days of summer. It is hot hot hot. Lots going on here at The Scrap Exchange, as usual.

Summer here means lots of helping hands. We have 13 (!) interns this summer. Our first set was from DukeEngage  — a great big thank you to Nathan and Sarah who were here for 6 weeks working in our Design Center and are now in Durham, England for the second half of their program.

Victor and Ike from our statewide partner the NC Community Development Initiative are here helping us with all things economic development, which for now translates into thrift store research and clothing processing. Fun!  We also have Partners for Youth students, Mayors Award students, and El Centro interns — all working to put valuable resources into the hands of the community, learn about social enterprise best practices, and foster an attitude of gratitude. As well as thanking the interns, we also send a big THANK YOU to our volunteer coordinator Cappye Mott who has stewarded the interns, and to our ever hard-working, awesome staff for keeping them all engaged and learning while they are here.

And Big Picture — we are still working on Phase 1 of the Reuse Arts District and are moving forward with the thrift store renovation. We are working to open our very own retail thrift store in late fall 2017. We can’t wait – we hope to truly make it “The Store You Deserve”!

If you’ve seen the pavement in the back of the Scrap Exchange — and many of you have asked just what we are doing back there — we are working on de-paving and converting the grounds into park-like setting. (The opposite of the song … we’re working to De-Pave a Parking Lot and Put Up a Paradise.) To date, we’ve de-paved a total of 14,000 square feet. We are waiting for the cooler days of fall to plant and landscape and turn it into a magical community space. Right now it would be a GREAT place for someone to make a movie about life on another planet, it is out of this world. Thank you Durham County Soil and Water and the Triangle Community Foundation for funding, and to facility manager Jeremy Parker and everyone on our Facility/Campus Committee for all of your work on the transformation.

And last but not least … It’s Third Friday! Be sure to check out the next Cameron Gallery exhibition and come on out to the Gallery opening and Third Friday event. The show runs from July 21 to August 12: A Cat-like Whimsy by Rio Aubry Taylor. The opening is Friday night from 6 to 9 p.m. Hope you can make it!

Many thanks for all of your support!

Ann May Woodward
Executive Director
The Scrap Exchange

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