In the spring of 2019, the City of Springfield's Waste & Recycling Programs Coordinator, Adena Rivas, created a coalition of diverse local organizations and innovative leaders within the community interested in working together to make her vision of a reuse, upcycling marketplace a reality.
The original partners included the City of Springfield, Enos Park Neighborhood Improvement Association (EPNIA), the Springfield Art Association, Inner City Mission, Third Presbyterian Church, and Sustainable Springfield, Inc.
While the wheels continued to be in motion, the Creative Reuse Marketplace (CRM) did not fully get off the ground until the spring of 2020, at the outbreak of the Covid-19 Pandemic. At this time, the Community Foundation for the Land of Lincoln awarded the 2020 Women's Fund grant to the CRM.
Undeterred by Covid-19 and humbled by the support from the Women's Fund, under Ms. Rivas’ leadership and umbrella of EPNIA, the coalition was finally able to turn
Dream into Reality. Awarded funds were used to create the CRM from the ground up, including the creation of a Workforce Development Training (WTP) Program for underserved and/or homeless women. This program has grown to become all-inclusive.
The CRM has grown in community participation and support and continues to be a popular location where upcycled non-recyclable post-consumer materials such as plastics, school/office supplies, arts and crafts materials, toys, etc. are donated, sorted, displayed, sold and/or redistributed locally.
In 2019, the CRM was awarded one of Re-AMP Network's Rapid Response Fund grants. Grant funding went toward building the foundation of the CRM.
In 2020, the CRM was awarded a three year rolling grant from The Women's Fund. Grant funding covered initial start-up costs as well as
In 2021, the CRM was awarded one of Westminster's Mission Outreach grants. This grant allowed the CRM to finish storage and display racks for the CRM Store.
In 2022, the CRM was awarded one of the Community Foundation's Community Grants Program awards. Funding helped maintain services and expand CRM educational outreach.