Mission & Vision

With your help, the ReBuilding Center makes a material difference by building equitable, resilient, and sustainable communities through reuse.

We are driven by a shared vision of a world in which all people and materials, particularly those perceived as liabilities and often cast aside by society, are respected and valued as community assets.

Founded as a nonprofit in 1997, the ReBuilding Center continues to work every day to ensure that everyone has access to:

  • affordable salvaged building materials,

  • the tools and skills needed to repair and remain in their homes,

  • opportunities to divert waste from the landfill and be part of the reuse movement; &

  • a healthy environment with less emissions and toxics associated with landfilling and new production.

Part reuse thrift store and part education and community center, each year we:

ReBuilding Center Activities


Since launching in 1997, the ReBuilding Center has:

  • diverted over 25,000 tons of reusable building materials from the landfill;

  • provided affordable building materials to over 1 million members of our community;

  • deconstructed over 300,000 square feet of buildings and made over 10,000 free pick-ups in the Portland Metro area—to save materials and prevent the negative health and environmental impacts of demolition and landfilling; and

  • taught 415 carpentry, plumbing, and electrical classes for 5,000 adults and 1,000 kids, including 92 classes for women (22%) and 860 scholarships (17% of participants).

our commitment to Equity

Believing that the more fair and diverse our organization, the more effective we will be in achieving our mission and goals to serve the community, the ReBuilding Center is committed to promoting equity, diversity, and inclusion in all of our operations and actions.

Our definition of diversity also includes diversity of ideas, perspectives, and values. We aim to provide an accessible place and space where everyone feels welcome, accepted, and supported; where all are treated and respected as valued participants in the ReBuilding Center’s mission.

If there are barriers to participation, we aim to identify and dismantle those barriers. Open to all, our priority is creating pathways to engage those experiencing disparities through our programs and services, including people of color, disadvantaged youth, the formerly incarcerated, people with disabilities, immigrants and refugees, people who have been priced out or are at risk of displacement, the LGBTQ+ community; women; people experiencing houselessness; and low-income individuals.

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Tour Request

Do you have a group that wants to learn more about what we do? To request a free ReBuilding Center tour, email info@rebuildingcenter.org with the following information:

  • Desired Date & Desired Time Window

  • Group Name & Size

  • Accessibility Requests

Founded as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit in 1997, the ReBuilding Center’s tax identification number is 93-1241474. Make a donation to support our work here.

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