In the spring of 2018, 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.
Today the partners include 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 a Workforce Development Training Program for homeless or underserved women as well as a 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.