Wednesday, July 29, 2015

CobraPuma Golf Gives Back!

Sustainable Surplus Exchange is happy to continue our relationship with CobraPuma Golf’s Carlsbad Headquarters and their volunteer employee team. 

CobraPuma Golf was previously a participant in SSE’s ENGAGE! Program and they chose us as their latest volunteer site. CPG allow their employees to volunteer in the community a total of two days per year- paid! In fact, CPG has quite an extensive sustainability plan throughout their worldwide operations. Learn more HERE

The CPG team was a fun, enthusiastic group who helped us sort and separate many pallet-fulls of various office supplies destined for our Bring Your Own Box event for teachers. They were very efficient organizers and we got a lot done in just a couple of hours.

Thanks so much for your help CPG team! We look forward to more collaborations in the future! 

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

SSE Raises $4500 at Christmas in July Event

Sustainable Surplus raised over $4500 at its Christmas in July event on Saturday, July 18.  The event was an open house, inviting local teachers, nonprofit staff, and small businesses to enjoy incredible savings on much-needed assets for their organizations.

“It was a twofold celebration,” said SSE executive director Sue Prelozni, “of our new alliance with the US Small Business Administration (SBA) and our new collaboration with the San Diego Futures Foundation (SDFF). 

SBA lead economic development specialist, Rosa Rodarte, was on hand to engage with the start-up and small businesses regarding the guidance and support available to help them to succeed in their mission.

The SDFF team had a kiosk of IT equipment, with refurbished computer systems priced very affordably at only $120.  Gary Knight, SDFF executive director, answered many questions about their STEM educational assistance accessible to all organizations.

“What a great service you provide,” was the declaration of a patron of local nonprofit Petra House. It was the recurring theme of the day.
Celebrating Christmas in July: front Rosa Rodarte (SBA) Christine Bevilacqua (SSE)
and behind Sue Prelozni and Larry Cisneros of SSE

Thursday, July 9, 2015

SSE Forms Collaboration with San Diego Futures Foundation

Sustainable Surplus Exchange (SSE) and the San Diego Futures Foundation (SDFF) have entered into a collaboration, creating a partnership to promote sustainable and equitable solutions in the community.  The missions of the two organizations run parallel in their goals to repurpose still useful assets to organizations in need. 

Today’s financial landscape compels nonprofits to seek strategic alliances to access a partner’s resources, including markets, technologies, capital and people.  Teaming up with other organizations adds complementary resources and capability, enabling participants to grow and expand more quickly and efficiently.

SDFF and SSE plan to leverage their alliance to extend their technical and operational resources. “In the process, we will save time and boost productivity,” said Gary Knight, SDFF Executive Director. “And we will be able to concentrate on innovation and our core missions.”

SDFF provides refurbished computers, IT services and educational programs for nonprofit organizations. “We also provide technology resource to disadvantaged community members and the elderly,” said Knight.  Additionally, the Foundation focuses on technology training leading to industry certification for the development of job skills for the underserved.

Sustainable Surplus works with local businesses to find homes for their out-of-use assets – everything from office supplies to furniture and lab equipment – by repurposing them to educational, nonprofit and start-up organizations. By extending the useful life of items, SSE has diverted over 400,000 pounds of solid waste from the landfill.

“We see this collaboration as a unique opportunity to combine resources to assure the success of our missions and increase the outreach and impact in our community,” said SSE Executive Director Sue Prelozni.
The two organizations signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) on July 1, which outlines their shared goals, achieving a green and sustainable economy, while engaging commerce with the community. 

Sunday, July 5, 2015

Datron Gives SSE $10,000 in Key Support

In a tremendous show of support Datron World Communications gifted $10,000 to Sustainable Surplus. 

Datron has been an asset donor to SSE for over three years, donating everything from office supplies and furniture to electronic equipment.  “We are very grateful to Datron for not only supporting the mission and local community organizations, but for embracing our goal of environmental sustainability,” said executive director Sue Prelozni.

Datron employee Danny Pate sponsored SSE and made the request of the corporate foundation for the $10,000. 

The gift arrives at a key time for SSE.  Due to the increasing surplus donations, SSE has had to increase its operations and manpower to manage the inventory and get it redistributed to local educational, nonprofit and start-up organizations.