“The founding leadership of Buffalo ReUse returns!”
On Tuesday, November 29th, the previous board of Buffalo ReUse, a not for profit community organization committed to jobs creation, material reuse and recycling, and community betterment, appointed Co-Founders Michael Gainer and Kevin Hayes, as the new and incoming leadership for Buffalo ReUse. Lorraine Eads of Cold Spring was appointed as a third member of the Board.
The leadership change comes shortly after an announcement by the previous Board of Directors that Buffalo ReUse would be closing permanently. The owner of the building containing the Buffalo ReUse store at Ferry and Dupont on Buffalo’s East Side had other plans for the building. Because of this and a lack of resources, the Board was unable to move the store to a new location and resolved that it would close.
Shortly after their public announcement of closing, Michael Gainer, the co-founder of Buffalo ReUse in 2007 and current President of ReUse Action, approached the previous Board to propose an arrangement for assisting with the building cleanout and the continuation of service on the East Side of Buffalo. Michael Gainer commented, “Buffalo ReUse was a source of hope and inspiration for this community for numerous years after it started 15 years ago. We planted trees, delivered valuable materials to the community, mentored young people, and engaged volunteers in beautification and community gardening. It’s time to renew that vision and the opportunity is now.”
Kevin Hayes, co-founder and now present board member of Buffalo ReUse added, “We have a big task ahead of us of cleaning out Buffalo ReUse’s old building, but once that task is done, we’ll be rolling up our sleeves and figuring out the best way Buffalo ReUse can provide service to Buffalo’s East Side.”
Buffalo ReUse invites supporters and allies to join them for their first community service work day and community resource “give away”.
This event will happen Saturday, December 10th from 10 am to 3 pm. at 296 East Ferry, Buffalo, NY 14208.
There will be piles of material given away to the community as the organization works tirelessly to clear out the existing building.
Buffalo ReUse will continue to accept donations of materials through a partnership with ReUse Action. Donors may contact the organization at 716-894-3366, firstname.lastname@example.org or www.buffaloreuse.org/materials. Sales of donated materials will continue to support Buffalo ReUse’s mission of creating jobs, strengthening the neighborhood, greening the city, advocating for material reuse and mentoring young people.