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"Another reason we went non-profit is inventory," she
continued. "There's a lot of stuff coming in, and the
difference between the inventories a non-profit does versus
what a for-profit does is huge as far as paperwork goes."
"That saved a lot of time and labor," Mr. Nobody added.
"The second part was asking ourselves, are we going to
get enough donations if we're a for-profit company, and
will people understand our motivations? We didn't have a
budget for marketing, and just saying the word non-profit
can trigger people's minds a certain way."
"I think if B-Corps were permitted in Pennsylvania when we
started, we may have gone in that direction," Montanye said.
"But I don't regret our decision to make this a non-profit
because we went in whole-heartedly without any intention of
ever generating income. We just didn't think it would grow
In 2012, they officially registered as a non-profit
"Our mission was to teach people how to recycle objects
that are around them in the world into art," Mr. Nobody said.
"And after about six months, it dawned on us that we were
doing that, but that was how we did it, it wasn't what we
were doing. What we were doing was actually healing and
growing community using recycled material to teach art."
Art of Recycle works toward achieving their mission by
providing a fun space, materials and opportunities for
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children and adults to create art. Unwanted items donated
by the community are used for art or to distribute to local
teachers and non-profit organizations for free - a program
called Art is a Necessity, which won the Lancaster Chamber's
2016 #IMPACTLANCASTER Innovation Challenge.
Any materials they cannot use are distributed to other
organizations or individuals who need them.
Some art supplies and items are also sold in Art of Recycle's
retail store, which not only provides customers with
materials at affordable prices, but also helps individuals who
create and sell art and crafts as a source of income to
"We do what we call trickle up economy," Mr. Nobody
explained. "It means that we're trying to get the materials
to people at as low a cost as possible. For example, there
are grandmothers who come in and are on a fixed income
but raising their grandkids, so they can't go get a job, and
they need a few extra bucks to fill in the gaps. So we get the
materials to people at a low cost, and then they can create a
little bit of income."
While the unemployment rate in Lancaster County has
decreased since skyrocketing in 2009, according to the
Lancaster County Prosperity Indicators Report, many families
in the community continue to struggle to maintain reliable
streams of income. Thanks to Art of Recycle, there is now a
local resource for individuals who want to use their creative
skills to provide additional funds to support themselves and