Support Sustainable Reuse

$3,045 of $30k goal

Raised by 30 people in 20 months
Joe DeRisi  HAMDEN, CT
Urbanminers salvages building materials and household goods in order to keep them out of landfills and give them renewed life. Since 2007, we have grown to become the forerunner and regional leader in a expanding economy of retail reuse centers and salvage service industries. Formed out of a commitment to environmental and social sustainability, we've diverted over $1.5 million of valuable materials from the waste stream over the course of seven years. Recognized by the Hamden Regional Chamber of Commerce as recipient of the 2012 Green Business Advocate Award and designated as Business New Haven’s Rising Star of 2010, Urban Miners also works with the public/private sector to educate and advocate for deconstruction and materials reuse. Hamden Economic Development Corporation supported a multi building deconstruction project with Urbanminers as a pilot for deconstruction and job training, the first of its kind in Connecticut.We have fully deconstructed 8 buildings and partially deconstructed over 100. We have created a retail operation that many see as a community necessity.

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There are four basic ways you can help. 

Buy used stuff ! Coming in and making purchases does two things - gives us cash to operate and moves out stuff so we can have room for more stuff.

Buy Gift Cards. We get cash to operate and you get an equal value back when you buy stuff. Or you can give them awayas gifts, encouraging others to buy used.
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Donate. Just donate becuase what we do is awesome and essential. 

Invest,promote, participate - Spread the word, paticipate in events,become a member and get on our mailing list,refer deconstruction jobs to us, design with salvaged materials.....

Membership

Contributions of $100.00 or more provide shoppers with a 10% member discount on all in-store sales for an entire year, membership card,& Urbanminers tee shirt. Thereafter annual renewal is only $ 25.00 and includes the 10% discount for the year.

Contributions of $25.00 or more to become an associate member - get a membership card after 10 sales get 10 % of all mechandise for the remaining year and renewal for following year is $20.00, with 10% off after two purchases.

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It has become apparent that the longterm goal of deconstructing buildings in Connecticut needs to include saving every building possible now and stockpiling those materials for the future, even if there is not an immediate use for them, because they are irreplaceable. And in the future good quality locally produced building materials are going to be necessary to maintain the existing housing stock, and repair structures after natural disasters. We are the first to use a demolition license for deconstruction, an alternative to demolition, in Connecticut. This means we can now actually get permits to do what we’ve wanted to to all along: deconstruct entire buildings in order to save all the materials.

This is a huge undertaking, conceived by a stubborn desire to fill an urgent environmental need. It now calls for more public involvement and your participation. We were launched with the generous support of a few individuals, but now require the support of the larger community. We have a few of those gracious individuals that need to be paid back right away.
 
We also need to make immediate improvements in order to efficiently handle the volume of materials that come from the full deconstruction services that we can now provide since getting our license in November 2014. This includes needing space for large volume materials handling such as lumber and an overhaul of our retail space in order to create a convenient and efficient retail experience.
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Update 20
Posted by Joe DeRisi
3 months ago
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Some of the first 1700's materials are now salvaged. But we have another 1500 square feet plus to go, in just one of the two 1700's houses ! Thanks everyone for your support !We are saving some of this precious material, we have three more working days to recover !
first few boards from the attic.
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Update 19
Posted by Joe DeRisi
3 months ago
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We have more historic buildings becoming available for salvage. 1740, 1790 houses, don't even get me started on barns. But these are salvage only jobs. So we have to have buyers. Paying for removal and then storing is not cost effective. On the other hand, if we do not get the materials immediately they are lost for ever. Contribute and use our incentive program ( see previous update). Contact us now, time is short on these houses.
old oak , way more interesting than new
1700's beams, two houses worth...
antique pine flooring also .......
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Update 18
Posted by Joe DeRisi
3 months ago
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For the duration of the Hamden Whitney Avenue salvage project, we have the following incentive to help us salvage more from these historic homes:

A contribution of $ 10.00, we will provide you with a Store Credit of $ 20.00

A contribution of $ 20.00 we will provide you with a store credit of $ 50.00

A contribution of $ 100.00, we will provide you with $ 150.00 in store credit

Yes, your store credit is like buying a gift certificate at a big discount, but doing it this way makes the contribution more public. We are trying to get customers interested in the process of community "un -barn building" if you will. So post your supportive comments too. These contributions will pay for the removal of historic items from the Hamden Whitney Avenue houses that we cannot immediately sell. It also obviously is a scheme to get you to go to our new retail location to buy other things we have salvaged. And while you are there you can support another locally owned business, Fairhaven Furniture, that generously provides us with gallery space at their absolutely fabulous retail store.

We will mail or you can pick up your cards at our gallery at Fairhaven Furniture, 72 Blatchley Avenue, New Haven Ct. Open Fridays and Saturdays 10 to 3 and by appointment.

Visit our " News" section to see more project details

http://www.urbanminers.com/#blog

Card we can mail or you can pick up
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Update 17
Posted by Joe DeRisi
3 months ago
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$3,045 of $30k goal

Raised by 30 people in 20 months
Created July 31, 2015
$20
Bonnie Posick
2 months ago
CA
$100
Cindy Arndt
3 months ago

Joe - Thank you for the passion you have for saving these treasures from the landfill. Keep up the good work!

$20
Anonymous
3 months ago
JR
$100
Jeff Roller
3 months ago

Love the Oregon ordinance! I'm forwarding to West Hartford Town Planner and others!

LG
$25
Leah Glaser
3 months ago

Hi Joe-- hoping to get some reclaimed wood from you that I cam use as a island countertop-- 4 x 6 feet or so...hope to give more one holiday budget under control.

SN
$200
steve nugent
3 months ago

Know, that the hours you spend futility trying to persuade indifferent owners is appreciated by the community.

DD
$100
Duo Dickinson
3 months ago
CR
$50
Charlotte Rea
3 months ago

Thank you for saving materials from these needlessly destroyed houses in Hamden on Whitney Avenue. Please designate for that fund.

CO
$100
carol orr
3 months ago
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$20
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3 months ago

Merry Christmas Joe. Frank

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