What Volunteering Means To Me

Growing up I had the pleasure of volunteering for my local Salvation Army countless times with my High School basketball team. As a young teen I quickly learned way more about the world we live in today. This fall I had the opportunity to work with Abbe Turner and her organization “Recycle Pots and Pans.” There are so many people that come from very different situations and volunteering to help these families is one of the best decisions I could’ve made this fall. This has been a very humbling experience and I will forever be grateful for the opportunity Abbe gave me. Not only did I feel like I was doing good for my community, I also had a blast doing it. Typically kids dread doing community service but not me. I actually had a great time while doing things for a great cause and I’d most definitely come back to volunteer for this amazing organization. 

During this holiday season there are going to be a lot of people in need for household items such as plates, silverware, and cups. I helped wash these household items and then they were soon donated to goodwill. I love what RP&P is doing and the consistency of their organization. Abbe is doing an amazing job running the organization and I am very excited to see so much more change in our community all thanks to her. 

Happy Holidays,

Christian Szalay

Wish List 2019

Christmas is right around the corner and you know what that means, PRESENTS! Christmas is one of the best times of the year because RP&P has the opportunity to help change peoples lives forever and can ensure that families in need can eat family meals together at the dinner table. This holiday season is all about giving as usual but in order to give to those in need, we must also have the supplies to do so. With the donations from all of our donors, it keeps us running a great non-profit organization to help impact the community in a positive way. 

Listed below is a short list of items we are politely asking to be donated one way or another so we can have the best materials to keep our company running better than ever. But please remember any donation is a good one. Items in need consist of:

  1. Rolling cart
  2. Industrial Shelving 
  3. Three-Bay Stainless Steel Sink
  4. Dish Soap, Towels, and Sponges
  5. Printing/ Marketing Materials
  6. Cargo Van for Pickups and Deliveries 
  7. Donated Media or Advertising Space
  8. Volunteers to Wash Dishes
  9. Gas Cards for Deliveries
  10. Large Cardboard Boxes

For anyone looking to donate please feel free to contact (330)-715-4140 or aturner@kent.edu. As always, have a great holiday this holiday season!

Best,

Christian Szalay

Recycle Pots and Pans Is The Place To Be

Doing community service for Recycling Pots and Pans was truly a great, humbling experience. I have never worked at a more welcoming, enjoyable place. Everyone you encounter is extremely nice and humbling. Just knowing that I’m helping so many needy families and people is such a great feeling while I’m working. People think of community service as pointless and boring. But I had so much fun while volunteering at this organization. I loved everyone I worked with, and most of all, I loved giving back to the community.

I thought it was important to pick a place to do community work for that actually makes a difference in the community, and I couldn’t have picked a better organization to work at. The work I did at Recycling Pots and Pans wasn’t hard, but it was so meaningful. I haven’t heard of an organization that collects pots, pans, plates, and silverware and give them to people of need. So, when I did a little more research, I thought it was such a great idea. Families should be able to have a meal together every night, but sadly not all families can. Some families don’t have the proper supplies to cook, don’t have enough plates or silverware for the whole family, or some families don’t have any supplies at all. Recycling Pots and Pans makes being able to eat as a family possible again. 

It’s so heartwarming to know you’re helping so many people. That was the best part of my experience at RP&P’s. I haven’t done any work like this before, but now that I have it’s one of the best feelings I ever experienced. I will definitely keep going back to help because it’s such an easy way to help so many people and do so much good for the community. Everyone at the organization are all so kind and understanding. Everyone’s main focus is just helping others and the community. I think if there were a few more places like this one, a huge change could happen everywhere, not just in Kent. I will forever be thankful I got to volunteer at Recycling Pots and Pans, I’ve never experienced something so heartwarming with the kindest genuine people. I think more people should take some time out of their day to research volunteer work and help out the community in any way they can.

Happy Holidays,

Savannah Quinn

Recycled silverware and plates being used at a family function

Beef and Noodles

Ever since I was a little kid I can always remember going to grandmas and having family dinners with my dads’ side of the family and I can always remember one constant through the years; My grandmas’ beef and noodles. They were always my favorite and I can remember going there for holiday, football games, and even after wrestling tournaments and they were always there, hot and ready to be devoured. When I started thinking about what goes all in to making the beef and noodles it shocked me to realize about how many resources were needed to make the meal. From the pots and pans need to cook the potatoes and noodles to the crock pots need to cook the beef. 

She first starts with a chicken broth that she puts in this great big pot that she cooks at a low heat on the stove. Then she uses a mixer to beat the potatoes and make then so rich and creamy. Then the crock pot marinates the meat for a few hours and by the time that that is finished the other food is ready to be eaten. Finally, we cut the roast beef into small chunks and lay it out on the table. I always like to get a huge scoop of mashed potatoes and make like a little volcanoes type thing to lay the noodles in. The meal is always fantastic and reminds me of my childhood every time. 

Over the course of my time a Recycling Pots and Pans, I think the thing that has made me most proud is the possible impact I could have made on others. Bringing the pots and pans so they too could enjoy the little delicacies that make life so grand. I hope that other people can dedicate just a small part of their time to help the dream of Abbe and the organization true and feed the mouths of many.

Happy Holidays,

Quentin Griffin

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New Partner: First Congregational Church of Akron

We have recently started working with another partner in Northeast Ohio. We are proud to now be partnered with the Food Pantry of First Congregational Church of Akron.

Since June of 2018, we’ve partnered with the Food Pantry of First Congregational Church of Akron to provide much-needed pots, pans and other kitchenware to people experiencing food scarcity. The church has been doing very great work to help the people in need the most. In 2018 alone, the church’s team of over 100 volunteers served fresh food, meat and staples – the equivalent of 100,600 meals — to income-eligible community members.

Donations of pots and pans in good condition make it easier for those they serve to make nutritious meals at home with family and loved ones. The Food Pantry of First Congregational Church of Akron was a huge addition to our partners here at Recycle Pots and Pans, and we couldn’t be more excited to see what the future holds with this very generous organization.

Best,

Recycling Pots and Pans

Food packaged to be donated to all of the people in need.

Back This Holiday Season With Recycling Pots and Pans

Recycling Pots and Pans has given so many blessings to so many people and families. People drop off kitchen supplies and any silverware they have left over to help people in need. Then volunteers at the organization go through what’s given to them and decide what can be given to the needy and what can be given to thrift stores. This organization has given families a chance to feel together again. The pans and pots go to the homeless and families in need. They give the opportunity to let a family sit down and have a meal together. Many poor families don’t get a chance to have a meal together because they don’t have enough room, supplies, or even a table. Recycling Pots and Pans gives families that chance to be a family again. They give them supplies to cook with, silverware to eat with, and plates to put their food on. Then a family can sit down together and reconnect. 

It’s so important to be with your family, especially as the holiday season is approaching. This is the time of the year when families put away the drama and negativity and come together to be happy and at peace. I know being with my whole family is the best moments of my life. Every family event or dinner I look forward to. I’m the happiest when I sit down with everyone and we just talk about life and how grateful we are to have each other. No one should be alone during the holidays or have limitations to resources that provide a meal to a family. Recycling Pots and Pans gives people their family back. Now, kids can help their parents cook a meal because they finally have supplies to do so. Just simple things like this make a huge difference. No, this will not solve all the problems for families in need, but it gives them a start, a little bit of happiness and hope can go such a long way.

From my experience helping out at Recycling Pots and Pans I’ve learned so much. To never take anything for granted, to be so appreciative for what you have. Yes, sometimes life is a struggle and I think that it couldn’t get worse than it is right now. But that’s not the truth, so many people and families have it so much worse than I do. Recycling Pots and Pans made me value my life and family so much more than I did before. The people who work there are so generous and giving it truly warmed my heart to be able to work with them. Giving back to the community and the less fortunate is such an important thing to do. Anyone can do it, its not hard or complex. Just take a small amount of time out of your day to go through things you have that you could get rid of. Because something not so important to you, could make a huge difference to someone in need. Being able to give back made me feel better as a person. Helping people is truly one of the best feelings in the world. Recycling Pots and Pans is such a generous organization that helps so many people. Maybe take some time today to stop by and drop off a few things, you could be making someone’s life a lot better.

Happy Holidays, 

Savannah Quinn

New volunteer Savannah and the rest of her family sharing a family meal during the holidays.

A Letter From Our Founder

Dear Friends,

Thanksgiving is my favorite time of the year, when we share good food with family and friends around the table celebrating the bounty of Ohio farmers. But this is also a time of year when many families face challenges of hunger and lack the simple kitchen tools required to make a family meal.

Recycle Pots and Pans was established on the belief that families who eat together stay together. Over the past 8 years we have collected and redistributed cookware free of charge to  families in need. Together with your help we have collected over 8 tons, 15,000 pounds of kitchenware for distribution through 37 social service organizations in addition directly to families themselves.

Currently in Ohio, one in six families experience food insecurity and while the Food Banks are doing a great job in providing food to those in need we know that recipients often lack the tools they need to prepare and enjoy that food. Your donation of pot, pans, plates, spoons, forks and knives help us close that gap. Thank you.

During this season of Thanksgiving I am grateful for all you have done for the benefit of those less fortunate in our community And I am calling on you for a gift to help others. Your contribution, in any amount, will help in the daily operations of this volunteer-driven service organization. You can donate here by mailing to Recycle Pots and Pans at 632 Temple Ave, Kent, Ohio 44240.

Thank you for standing beside me in this worthy effort. Wishing you peace and love this holiday season.

In service,

Abbe

Abbe Turner

Summer 2019 Drop Off Events!

It has been a quiet winter, but now we are ready for summer!

We are excited to announce our summer drop off dates for summer 2019! This summer we will be at the following farmers markets to collect pots, pans, dishes, utensils, etc. from you!

-July 20 (Saturday) @ Countryside Food and Farms Howe Meadow Market
-July 27 (Saturday) @ Stow Community Farmers Market
-August 11 (Sunday) @ Countryside Food and Farms Public Market

Unfamiliar with our drop off events? Here’s the scoop! Take time now or in the next month(s) to sort through kitchen items you no longer use or need. Pack them up in a box or bag. Grab a friend, head to one of these dates at the market specified above, don’t forget your box! Find us near the entrance of the market set up with our Recycle Pots and Pans tent and let us take the items off your hands in exchange for a tax deductible receipt!

Need a hand? Let us know! We will have volunteers on-site to help carry boxes and bags from your car into ours!

Where does it go from here? Check out our partner profile page at recyclepotsandpans.com/partners and see the list of organizations we work with!

Can’t make it to one of these dates but still want to make a donation? We accept donations 24/7 (yes, really!) at 632 Temple Ave, Kent, OH 44240. On the side of our building we have a red awning that you can leave donations at any time. Don’t have a car or time to make it to us? Contact us via email (recyclepotsandpans@gmail.com) or phone (3307154140) and set up a pick up!

Hope to see you there!

New Partner: Nehemiah Partners of Sandusky

We have recently started working with another partner in Northeast Ohio. We are proud to now be partnered with the Nehemiah Partners of Sandusky.

The Nehemiah Center works to Encourage, Empower, and Educate children in the Sandusky, OH area to reach their full potential. They provide a safe and engaging environment for the children in their community to grow. Using a faith based approach, they offer educational services as well as activities, mentoring, and guidance to promote the well being of these children.

Thanks to one of their kitchen volunteers who linked our two organizations up, we were able to get them a couple new items to use for their after school meal program. The center had previously been using scorched pans which often burned the food for the children. Now they have new pans to provide even better meals for the kids they serve!

For more information, check out the new partner profile listing here, or check out the Nehemiah Partners of Sandusky website here.

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Children at Nehemiah Center with New Pot

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Children at Nehemiah Center with New Pot 2

Summer Drop-Off Events Recap 2018

We just wanted to thank everyone who attended and donated their kitchen items at the Summer Drop Offs we held this summer! In six drop offs, we were able to collect 2,092 POUNDS of donated kitchen items!! This is 2,092 pounds of items that might have ended up in landfills (or at least collecting dust in your kitchen or basement!) that will now be able to go back into our community to help those in need be able to share a meal at home with their families.

A very special thank you to the markets and market managers to helped make this possible by allowing us to show up to their markets and have these Drop Off events. This year we were fortunate to have been able to work with Erin and Serena at Countryside Conservancy at Howe Meadow and Highland Square, Andrew at Haymaker Farmers’ Market, Gary at Stow Community Farmers Market, and Terri and Lori at Main Street Wadsworth Farmers Market.

We have been fortunate enough to have had a lot of help both at the markets and back in Kent by volunteers to help load up, unload, sort, put away, break down boxes, and clean up. Those volunteers are crucial to making sure that these types of events can exist!

We have also been fortunate to work with our partners a lot this summer to keep everything moving. Almost as fast as things have been coming in during this busy summer, they have been helping us to move them out!