From the President’s Desk

March/April 2016

Dear Friends,

Normally Executive Director Ann Woodward writes this “welcome” column, but we here at The Scrap Exchange thought that you, our readers, might like to hear some different voices in the organization. So this month, you’re hearing from me. I’ve been a supporter of The Scrap Exchange for more than 20 years. (If you ever purchased blue plastic trays, bowls, or small containers from our store, it’s likely that I was the donor!) I’ve been a board member for two years, and began my current position as President of the Board of Directors in January.

During my short time on the Board, The Scrap Exchange has moved into our “forever home” at the Shoppes at Lakewood, brought back our summer camp program, started holding our wildly popular Popup Thrift shop, and of course continued with our beloved events such as Smashfest and the Swap-O-Rama-Rama. Our budget has grown along with our physical footprint and our programming, as we’ve added staff positions and expanded our outreach to donors of materials, labor, and funds.

We are working hard every day to assure the continued financial stability of the organization, and we have big plans to reach out to our immediate neighbors in the Lakewood-Tuscaloosa neighborhood, along with Burch Avenue, Lyon Park, and other communities. We want The Scrap Exchange to be a welcoming, inclusive, stabilizing force for the City of Durham, and we invite YOU to participate in our efforts!

The Scrap offers classes in all kinds of skills. You can have a party or a meeting in our Make & Take room–experience art with a reuse flair in the Cameron Gallery–attend our free monthly Third Friday gallery opening–and of course shop in our retail store. Are you a teacher? Visit us on Tuesdays with your school ID and get 10% off most items. Seniors 65 years or older can get a 10% discount on Senior Wednesdays. Anyone can pick up a “Frequent Scrapper” card and save $5 after five purchases of $10 or more. And remember, our outreach staff can bring a team-building exercise rooted in reuse right to your place of business.

As a nonprofit we are also, of course, always looking for your support. I’d especially like to point out the Yellow Brick Road which encircles our campus. For just $100 YOU can claim & name a brick! You can honor a special person, give it as a unique birthday or wedding present, or even share the space with a co-donor. (For instance, one of our brick sponsors is a local book group.) Our design folks will work with you to get a fitting dedication or decoration on your brick. Just visit our website at, and it can all be done easily online. Of course you’ll get a tax donation receipt, too.

As President, my personal goal is to add 60 new bricks to our road in 2016. That’s only 5 per month. Won’t you join my quest?

Finally, I’d like to personally invite you to our March “Third Friday” event, this Friday March 18, from 6 to 9 PM. We’ll be celebrating the installation of a show in the Cameron Gallery by artist Jefferson Garvey. It’s called “Recycling is for the Birds” and you’ll love his whimsical, sturdy, and astonishingly beautiful birdhouses, which he hand crafts from wood and fixtures reclaimed from old barns in eastern NC. I bet there are a pair of cardinals in your neighborhood who would love to set up housekeeping in one of these creations.

Meet Mr. Garvey, have some snacks and refreshments with us, and PLEASE come over and say hello to me!

Keep on Scrapping,

Ellen Ciompi

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