Get Inspired
Rebuilding Exchange
Day 3 - Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! Environmental stewardship happens outside AND inside the home. Today, we want you to look at the objects in your home differently. Is that a water bottle or a pot for a plant? A t-shirt or a reusable grocery bag? Our inspiring video of the day is about the Rebuilding Exchange , a local nonprofit that's reusing construction waste in creative ways.

A lot of the objects we throw away can have a second life. The Rebuilding Exchange is taking construction waste from old buildings, refurbishing it, and finding it a new home. The Rebuilding Exchange also offers job training programs furthering their mission to help people and planet! Watch the video above to learn more about how reusing perceived waste can build homes and community.

This film was produced by  Small Forces , a creative impact studio here in Chicago dedicated to amplifying the work of purpose-driven organizations through cinematic storytelling. We love their inspiring work!
Let's Talk
After watching the video about the Rebuilding Exchange use the questions below to kick-start a great conversation with your family:

  • What did you find interesting about how the Rebuilding Exchange helps people and the planet?

  • Why is it important to reduce waste? Make a plan for being green at home. Can you list 5 ways you can reduce waste together?

  • What are your favorite ways to enjoy nature? Can you do any of them today?

  • Bonus! Take this conversation outside. Sit on your porch or take a walk - bring gloves and pick up trash along the way!

Live Hive!
Crafting with Breeze
Our Hive is going LIVE! Grab an old t-shirt and some scissors and get crafty with Honeycomb Project Manager Breeze. Join with other Honeycomb volunteers at Breeze's Beehive to upcycle t-shirts into grocery shoppers live from 10:30 am to 11:30 am on our Hive Zoom.

Hang out with other Honeycombers and learn how you can keep clothing out of landfills by making a bag you can use again and again. Gather your materials before hand (just scissors and an old t-shirt) and download Zoom before the session starts. We'll see you soon!
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New Honeycomb Pins!
We have a NEW Honeycomb at Home pin to add to your collection! After you complete 5 activities, contact us with your address and pictures of your work. We'll send your pin straight to your door!

Share your good work with the world! Post the activities you do on social media with #honeycombathome and #thehoneycombproject.
Community Connections
Donate for People and Planet
It's time to tackle that closet! According to the Council for Textile recycling, each of us throw away an average of 70 pounds of clothing every year. Your clothing can have another life helping a family in need. That favorite hat that doesn't fit anymore? Your lucky pair of jeans that you grew out of? Share the luck with other kids and start your donation pile! View Cradles to Crayons wish list here.

Make a family game plan. Take it one closet or one drawer at a time. Make sure all donated items are washed and folded nicely for the next family to enjoy. Everyone has a job to do! Play music, make it a game, or competition. Who can match their sox the fastest?

Hold on to your donations until a later date. Organizations like Cradles to Crayons will be accepting as many clothes as they can get as soon as it is safe to start distributing again!

Chef Du Jour
Development Manager, Timmy, is excited to share an Arnold Family favorite with Honeycomb! Check out this super sweet Grape Salad recipe. Timmy says it's the perfect sweet desert after a day outside with your loved ones. Try this recipe out after spending some time enjoying nature!

Timmy loves seeing the look on volunteers' faces when they realize the true impact they are making in their community. On his days off, Timmy loves running on Chicago's lakefront, exploring street festivals, and playing Settlers of Catan with friends.
Stay connected to our Honeycomb community through our  Hive Matters Community Page  on Facebook - a collaborative forum for all Honeycomb's volunteers and local partners to share ideas, connect, and inspire service both at home and out in Chicago's communities.
"Our partnership with The Honeycomb Project is an investment in the urban stewards of tomorrow."
- Chicago Park District

Funders & Supporters
The Honeycomb Project engages, mobilizes and inspires kids and their families to build strong and vibrant communities for all Chicagoans. Since 2011, more than 22,000 volunteers have participated in Honeycomb programs benefitting 45 local organizations.