In 2011, we started a program with scrap metals. The concept was conceived after staff members saw countless pounds of costume jewelry and silver plated items heading for the landfill. Maine Gold & Silver takes those donations of metals that cannot otherwise be sold for cash. Once enough metals are collected, the staff packs them up and sends them to a refinery where minute amounts of precious metals are extracted in exchange for cash. The refinery is also contributing to the fund by paying for all the shipping costs and waiving all processing fees.
We first used this method of raising funds for the Animal Refuge League of Greater Portland. We were able to give them approximately $25,000! After seeing our generous contribution, a major corporation decided to match it. This has enabled the ARL to add a spay/neuter clinic onsite. We could not be happier to have worked with such great friends at the ARL!
We then did a program to benefit the Good Shepherd Food Bank. Every dollar donated equals $8.00 worth of food that they can provide to needy families in our community. We were able to contribute $15,000 to this cause. This equals approximately $120,000 in food for our neighbors!
This year (2014) we are trying to spread the wealth, so to speak, so that we can help as many local charities as we can. Non-profit organizations that are near and dear to our hearts will benefit. We have donated to The American Cancer Society, Relay for Life, and The Center for Grieving Children.
"What's really great about this is that our customers are rallying behind our cause. Once they found out what we were doing, they went home and checked for items that could be donated. We owe it all to our great customers and amazing staff for their support," said Norman Pullen, co-owner of Maine Gold & Silver.
"This is the kind of creative fundraising that we adore," says Rick Small, president & CEO of Good Shepherd Food Bank. "We love it when people in the community find a way to give whatever they can to help those in need. Maine Gold and Silver's efforts are a testament to Mainers' ingenuity and compassion and we are honored to partner with them."
Maine Gold & Silver will continue to collect scrap metals indefinitely and if you would like to donate any items, you can drop them off at the store.
220 Maine Mall Road
South Portland, ME 04106
Phone: 207 772-2211
We have moved!!
As of June 1, 2016, we are in our new location at 220 Maine Mall Road, near Dick's Sporting Goods!
We have raised over $55,000 for local charities!