Manmade Surplus Programs

Grab and Do’s [2013-Present]

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This program is designed for eco-center visitors to show the many ways we can reuse manmade surplus and renewable resources to create useful items, gifts, works of art and beautiful wrapping.  Thanks to our restaurant partners on Valencia and Mission Street (such as Fritz) we are supplied with corks.  This exhibit is open during eco-center hours for drop ins of all ages.

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Excess Access – 1998-Present

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  Matter of Trust created this online database program in 1998 and then re-launched the all new redesigned www.ExcessAccess.org in 2013.  It automatically matches business, nonprofit and household item donations with the wish lists of those nearby that can accept drop-offs or provide pick-ups. Now serving the USA, Canada and beyond. Daily, thousands of dollars worth of secondhand goods are finding homes, and thousands of pounds worth of useful materials are being kept out of overflowing...

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The Looking Glass Program – Peru – 2011-Present

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Over 153 million people worldwide suffer from vision problems, limiting their potential to read, learn, and work. Matter of Trust is proud to partner with Dr. Rosa Ten and her medical missions to Peru.  We collect used eyeglasses for those in need, such as the people she treats in Peru. The Lions Clubs have gained worldwide recognition for their volunteer work in vision services and very generously contributed to our glasses drive, as well.   Dr. Ten will be returning again this year....

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Music Matters – 2013-Present

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Repairing and making instruments – this program is inspired by 2 videos:  1) The upcoming documentary Landfill Harmonic which features a group in Paraguay that make instruments out of recycled materials they find in landfills.  And 2) El Sistema which started as a youth orchestra for inner-city kids in Venezuela, now has over 250,000 graduates and is a model replicated around the world. In homage to these two wonderful stories, we’re creating a green jobs training program and...

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Music Team SF – Instrument Donations – 2011-Present

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Matter of Trust has partnered with Music Team SF in San Francisco, California.  This organization is seeking gently used instruments of all kinds for the children in their after school inner city youth orchestra program. Music Team SF is founded on the El Sistema principles.  El Sistema started in Venezuela and is now replicated all over the world changing the lives of under-served children by engaging them in an intensive, multi-year after school program of music education and...

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Experts’ Workbench – 2013-Present

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Matter of Trust is hosting charismatic vocational “stars” from many sectors to simply bring some of their daily work to our Experts’ Workbench and explain to visitors what they are doing.  This is a permanent fixture living exhibit at our Eco-Center in San Francisco.  Our videos of their visits are also on display and on YouTube.  This installation is part of our Eco-Industrial Revolution Campaign. Our Eco-Expert Sectors include: Furniture repair Making musical instruments...

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Blue Box – Used Cellphone Recycling Drive – 2011-Present

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Old cell phones and electronics are e-waste and very toxic to the environment when they are just chucked in the garbage.  We are providing attractive collection boxes for your place of business or organization to help people to dispose of their old gadgets efficiently.

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