February 27, 2023
Thank you to all the members and friends that joined us for our recent virtual member meeting. We appreciate the engagement and passion this group brings to our industry. We shared findings from our impact study and business needs assessment. Please reach out with any questions or comments.   

If you are searching for a career in reuse or repair, be sure to check out our job and volunteer board. We have several newly posted positions. Don't forget to sign up for our speed networking to help polish your elevator pitch and expand your network!

Looking for an escape from the piles of snow everywhere? Head to the Minneapolis Home + Garden Show this week for home project ideas and inspiration. We will be joined by several of our member organizations throughout the event. Stop by and visit us!

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Upcoming events

County-hosted fix-it clinics
​​Get items fixed or mended for free and learn useful repair skills. With free guided assistance, you can disassemble, troubleshoot, and fix your item.

Minneapolis Home + Garden Showpurple and yellow flowers
Reuse Minnesota will be at the Minneapolis Home + Garden Show this week! Stop by and visit us and several of our members in booth 3804! The event takes place at the Minneapolis Convention Center.

Wednesday, March 1, 12 - 8pm
Repowered and City of St. Louis Park (12 - 4pm)

Thursday, March 2, 12 - 8pm
Hennepin County and Birch Group (12 - 4pm)
Minneapolis Toy Library (4 - 8pm)

Friday, March 3, 10am - 8pm
City of Minneapolis Solid Waste & Recycling and Twin Cities Fix-It Clinics (10am - 3pm)
Mano a Mano International Partners and Old School by Steeple People (3 - 8pm)

Saturday, March 4, 10am - 8pm
Minnesota Pollution Control Agency and Birch Group (10am - 3pm)
Minnesota Technical Assistance Program (MnTAP) (3 - 8pm)

Sunday, March 5, 10am - 6pm
Good To Go Cups (10am - 2pm)
Shop for Change (10am - 6pm)

Also, be sure to find other Reuse Minnesota members elsewhere in the show: Twin Cities Habitat for Humanity ReStore (booth 3737), MN Tool Library (booth 2057), and Better Futures (booth 2849).

Reuse for real estate agents
March 7, 1 - 2pm
This class equips real estate agents with the most up-to-date and localized resources in the Twin Cities' reuse economy. You will learn where to find local reuse and repair resources, how best to share information with clients, why reuse is essential to building a more sustainable future. This course is approved for 1 hour of CE credit for real estate agents, and it is open to all. 
Reuse Minnesota virtual speed networking
March 10, 12:15 - 1pm
Speed networking is a fast and fun way to quickly connect with other reuse advocates. Over the course of 45 minutes, you'll get to network with 5 individuals during 6-minute virtual rounds.

Participants include small and large reuse organizations and businesses, government staff, education staff, and individuals passionate about reuse. 
Original Mattress Factory Bedrace for Bridging
March 11, 3:30pm
The Original Mattress Factory Bedrace for Bridging racers will fundraise and collect “Bucks for Bridging” to help furnish homes with hope. All donations directly benefit Bridging and make a life-changing impact on people pursuing housing stability. Participants will enjoy friendly racing, music, chats by the bonfire, costume contest – and best of all – help support Bridging.
Minnesota Tool Library Community Fix-IN
March 19, 3 - 6pm
Minnesota Tool Library has the tools and expertise on-hand to help troubleshoot and teach you how to repair your items. The event is free and open to the public.
Athletic gear swap
April 1, 12 - 2pm
Bring your gently-used and clean athletic gear you no longer want to this spring swap event and bring home items that are new to you! No item donation is necessary to shop the swap; take or bring as much as you want! This swap occurs in Hastings, and all are welcome to attend!


Green Partners environmental education grant update
We just wrapped up our first month of reuse education at Roosevelt and Brooklyn Center high schools! Our first sessions were focused on defining reuse and its history. Students learned about the impacts of fast fashion, repair, and upcycling with Rethink Tailoring. They were also joined by Old School to learn how a thrift store is run and why quality goods are important.
metal tins with sewing and needles inserted in green felt, embroidery floss and fabric rolld into the container of the tin
Each student got to practice mending, and left with the mending kits we put together with Rethink Tailoring. Want to make your own mending kit? Watch the video or read the tutorial to learn how! Funding for this project was provided by Hennepin County through the Green Partners environmental education program.
Legislative updates
  • Right to Repair (HF1337/SF1598 - Reuse Minnesota will testify in support of SF1598 on February 28, in the Senate Commerce Committee.
  • PFAS prohibitions (HF1000/SF0834) - Reuse Minnesota submitted a letter in support of SF0834 for the upcoming Senate Environment, Climate, and Legacy Committee hearing on March 2.
  • Historic Tax Credit (HF1488/SF1340) - No hearings scheduled at this time. Reuse Minnesota supports reinstatement of the tax credit.
Save $50 on donation pickup!
As the winter chill contributes to a drop in donations, Bridging relies even more on the community to fill its shelves. Get involved today: donate basic home essentials, volunteer, and get involved. Special promo: Save $50 when you schedule a home pick between now and March 31, 2023! Use promo code WINTER50. Learn more and get started by visiting Bridging.
Apply to be a Minnesota GreenCorps host site
The Minnesota Pollution Control Agency (MPCA) is accepting applications from organizations interested in hosting a Minnesota GreenCorps member for the 2023-2024 program year. Members serve at organizations throughout the state, completing community-focused environmental projects while gaining experience and learning valuable job skills. Reuse Minnesota has partnered with Rethos: Places Reimagined to host a Minnesota GreenCorps member this year. Apply by 5pm on March 14.
Call for sponsors and exhibitors
Donate Good Stuff is seeking sponsors and exhibitors for their Eco Fair on June 17. The event is a full day of creative and interactive exhibits, activities, and learning for all ages. If you are a business or community organization focused on helping people live sustainably, please consider signing up!
Eco Experience reuse table opportunity
Reuse Minnesota is excited to be coordinating the reuse table in the Eco Experience at this year's Minnesota State Fair! Day-long opportunities will be open to Reuse Minnesota member organizations to promote your work to fair attendees. Each organization will receive 6 fair admission tickets to cover each day (9am-9pm). Members should watch their email for signup information soon! The fair runs August 24 - September 4, 2023. Shifts must be scheduled by early June, so don't wait!
Give to our 10 year anniversary campaignconfetti at top and bottom, piece of cake in center, purple and blue banner on top
We are celebrating the 10 year anniversary of Reuse Minnesota. Show your support by helping us reach our goal of raising $10,000 by June 30, 2023. We're currently just shy of $1,800, can you help us reach $2,500 by the end of this month? Thank you for your support!

Welcome new and renewing members!

Thank you to these members for joining or renewing their membership! If you would like to join our reuse network, visit our website to learn more about our membership levels and what we can do for you. Our member benefits include networking, visibility for your organization, education, advocacy, and discounts. Hear from our members on how being part of Reuse Minnesota aligns with their mission.
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Job opportunities

Reuse Minnesota offers a space for member organizations to list their volunteer and job opportunities. Member organizations can post unlimited volunteer positions and five job positions per year for no cost (additional job postings for a small fee). Visit our job and volunteer board to post or search for opportunities!
Program Supervisor - Joint Activities
Ramsey/Washington Recycling & Energy - Newport, MN
Posted: Feb 15, 2023
Salary: $74,000.00 - $107,452.00 Annually
Application Deadline: N/A
Director of Finance and Business Services
Bridging - Bloomington, MN
Posted: Feb 14, 2023
Salary: $80,000.00 - $95,000.00 Annually
Application Deadline: N/A
Marketing Manager
Bridging - Roseville, MN
Posted: Feb 14, 2023
Salary: $65,000.00 - $80,000.00 Annually
Application Deadline: Mar 3, 2023
Recycling Intern
City of Burnsville - Burnsville, MN
Posted: Feb 14, 2023
Salary: $15.04 - $15.04 Hourly
Application Deadline: Mar 19, 2023
Sustainability Specialist - Climate Engagement
City of Bloomington MN - Bloomington, MN
Posted: Feb 13, 2023
Salary: $34.69 - $46.25 Hourly
Application Deadline: Mar 6, 2023
Sustainability Specialist - Solid Waste
City of Bloomington - Bloomington, MN
Posted: Feb 13, 2023
Salary: $34.69 - $46.25 Hourly
Application Deadline: Mar 6, 2023
Motivated mechanic / technician for Hot Rod shop
Hennepin Restomods - Brooklyn Center, MN
Posted: Feb 9, 2023
Salary: $20.00 - $30.00 Hourly
Application Deadline: N/A
Minneapolis Toy Library Volunteers
Minneapolis Toy Library - Minneapolis, MN
Posted: Feb 8, 2023
Application Deadline: N/A

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