Support the Materials Initiative

Make a donation of Loose Parts

We are currently accepting donations of all kinds. Click here for a few ideas. Start thinking of your recycling in a new way and add a collection bin to your waste process, then drop off your materials at our office.

Make a financial donation

Leave a donation to support the Atelier project and our collections which will support the imaginative growth of children.
In the “Apply your donation to a specific fund set up by this charity” drop-down menu, select the “Materials Initiative and Atelier”

Click here to make a donation:


Everyone is welcome to volunteer, and we can offer high-school community service hours as a not-for profit organization.

Please consider spending some time at our Atelier Space/ processing facility to help us process loose parts & materials, we always appreciate the help. Some of the possible duties include:
– Sanding items
– Cutting items
– Sorting items
– Occasionally using power tools
– Removing stickers from items
– Cleaning items
– Organizing & packaging materials orders
– Bending, lifting, twisting, climbing ladders

Volunteer in the Community

We may ask for help for events such as earth days and other events in the atelier or at community events. If you would like to be on our “call or e-mail list” for volunteers please email Angela

Community Partnerships

Businesses can generate an excess of material bi-products, rejected, obsolete parts or discontinued items that are often discarded in a landfill. 

Many of these items & materials can be re-purposed to be used as tools for hands-on creative learning for young children. 

The following businesses have decided to make a difference in their community, and to become a powerful resource for early childhood education.

Community Volunteers

Community members who make a continuous effort to bring us materials/ loose parts and/or volunteer in the processing facility: Joan Hoar, Betty Chappell.