Around the House Missions

What is junk to you is useful to others.

“Give, and it will be given to you.” Luke 6:38

Bread Bag Tags

  • Danielle Cares for Chairs is charity that collects and recycles plastic bread tags for funds to purchase wheelchairs for those in need.
  • Bread tags are too small to be effectively recycled curbside.
  • It takes about 260,000 bread tags to purchase a basic wheelchair – every bread tag counts!
  • Help someone in need receive a wheelchair & keep more plastic from entering our landfills.

Ways you can help

  1. Donate tags: Collect plastic tags from bread, vegetables and fruit bags.
  2. Spread the word: Tell others about Dannielle Cares for Chairs.  Ask friends and family to collect plastic tags with you.  Ask your favorite restaurants to save them for you as well.
  3. Pray for this ministry

Glasses, Hearing Aids, Cords, Keys, Key Fobs and Phones

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The Grayslake Lions Club (GLC) is a volunteer organization that supports local food pantries, provides funding for assistance dogs for the disabled or seeing impaired, awards college scholarships to high school seniors, and so much more.

In 1925, Helen Keller challenged the Lions Club to become “knights of the blind in the crusade against darkness.” They accepted.

Today, sight programs remain one of their defining causes. Donate used prescription eyeglasses, sunglasses, hearing aids, keys, key fobs, cell phones and electrical cords/wires to help them support their missions.

Greeting Cards


Companions Journeying Together (CJT) provides a forum to personally impact the emotional, spiritual and social lives of the incarcerated and their families. Our vision is for a society that lives by the principles of restorative justice.

CJT sends birthday, Mother’s Day, thinking of you and Christmas cards to imprisoned people.  The cards may be given to the inmates to encourage and cheer them (signed or with words of encouragement) or blank cards, unsigned cards or stationery may be given to the inmates so that they can stay in touch with their families.

  • Only PLAIN cards are allowed.
  • Musical cards; cards that have multiple layers; and cards with glitter, tape, glued items, stickers, other substances or added decorations are NOT allowed.
  • Each card must be inside a plain envelope that is NOT sealed.
  • Messages should be friendly, NOT  “preachy.” (Cards are available from Rose P for those who’d like to write messages.  Sample messages are available in the CJT box on the mission table.)
  • Messages on cards can be signed with donor’s first name only or Member / Friend of the United Protestant Church.
  • Crayons or markers cannot be used.

Holidays away from loved one are hard. Birthdays can come and go without acknowledgement. Imagine a Mother’s Day when a mother can’t hold her child. Or perhaps Christmas when one is struggling to find the joy and celebration.

Ways you can help

  1. Donate inscribed cards to be sent to the inmates to cheer and encourage them.
  2. Donate blank or unsigned cards or stationery so that the inmates can keep in touch with their family.
  3. Donate blank or unsigned cards so that other UPC members can write an encouraging message to send.  (When sending blank cards be sure to indicate your intended use – UPC member usage or sent blank to inmates.  Unmarked cards will go to the inmates.)
  4. Donate reams of colored paper on which to print an insert letter
  5. Donate Postage stamps
  6. Donate Gallon Ziplock or paper lunch bags
  7. Spread the word: Tell others about Companions Journeying Together.
  8. Pray for this ministry

Plastic Caps and Lids


Green Tree Plastics – ABC Promise Partnership mission is CLOSED

UPC is no longer collecting caps and lids as the facility where they were recycled into benches and tables is closing.  The owners have decided to retire.  Thank you to all who have participated in the past.  

Pop Top Tabs

Our mission is to keep families together and promote the health and well-being of children.

We offer a place to call home at little or no cost, so families can stay together.

The House is more than just a place to stay. We offer families therapeutic programming, a comprehensive meal program, comfortable community spaces and so much more.  No one is ever turned away for their inability to pay.

Since 2000, recycling the little aluminum tabs from soda cans, soup cans and tennis ball canisters has generated nearly $400,000 for Ronald McDonald House®.

Ways you can help

  1. Donate tabs: Collect and donate top tabs.
  2. Spread the word: Tell others about Ronald McDonald House.  Ask friends and family to collect pop top tabs with you.
  3. Pray for this ministry

Printer Cartridges

Bring in your used ink jet or laser jet cartridges and when we recycle them, UPC earns money towards INK180’s fight against human trafficking.

Ways you can help

  1. Donate tabs: ink jet or laser jet cartridges.
  2. Spread the word: Tell others about INK180 and their fight against human trafficking.
  3. Ask friends and family to collect ink jet or laser jet carteridges with you.
  4. Pray for this ministry

The following programs are recycling based to help us fulfill our commitment to care for the earth.  All of these items will go in the bin marked Terracycle.  Please be sure all items are empty & dry.  If you have any questions, see Cinda.

Arm & Hammer (TM) and Oxiclean (TM) plastic pouches

  1. Arm & Hammer (TM) Baking Soda pouches
  2. Arm & Hammer (TM) Power Paks Laundry Detergent pouches
  3. Oxiclean (TM) Laundry Detergent Paks pouches
  4. Oxiclean (TM) 2 in 1 Stain fighter Power Paks pouches
  5. Oxiclean (TM) White Revive Laundry Stain Remover Power Paks pouches

Babybel® Recycling Program

All Babybel® product packaging:

Cellophane, Tag, Net, Metal clasps, Wax, Plastic wrappers and Pouches

Barilla® Ready Pasta Recycling Program

Barilla® Ready Pasta pouches

Please make sure all excess product has been removed (i.e. leftover pasta). Additionally, if you choose to rinse your product, please note that it must be completely dry prior to shipping. You cannot ship dripping packages.

Bic® Stationery Recycling Program

Recycle all brands of writing instruments and packaging

All brands of empty writing instruments, glue sticks, watercolor dispensers, paint sets and flexible packaging. Please note that correction (including Wite-Out® Brand) and free ink markers are not accepted.

Bimbo Bakery Program

All Bimbo Bakeries USA bread, buns, bagels, and English muffins bags.

NOTE: Please remove stickers, adhesives and crumbs from your Bimbo Bakeries USA bread and bakery bags

The following are Bimbo Bakery brands:

  • Thomas, Sara Lee, Arnold, Brownberry, Oroweat, Entemann’s, Ball Park, Bay’s, Marinela, Bimbo, Maier’s, Beefsteak, Boboli, Mrs. Baird’s, Freihofer’s, Heiner’s, Grandma Sycamore’s Home Maid Bread, Tia Rosa, Stroehmann, Nature’s Harvest and Sanissimo.

Burt’s Bees Recycling Program

Recycle Burt’s Bees personal care, lip care and beauty care packaging – see complete list on TerraCycle bin.

Calphalon® Cooking Tools Recycling Program – any brands

All brands of metal-based* cookware, bakeware, and cutlery (*Nonstick Aluminum, Stainless Steel, Carbon Steel, Cast Iron).

Dial® Recycling Program

  1. Dial® Caps: The caps on Dial® body washes and hand soap refills.
  2. Dial® Pumps: The pumps on Dial® hand soaps and body washes.
  3. Dial® Concentrated Refill Packets: The packets from Dial® concentrated refill items.
  4. Dial® Bar Packaging: The exterior plastic wrap from Dial® bar soap and the interior waxed bar soap wrapping from Dial® bar soap

Drink Pouch Recycling® – any brands

1.    Aluminum and plastic drink pouches (no need to remove the straws)

2.    Drink pouches with spouts

Be sure the pouches are empty of all liquid.

Dunkin’® Coffee Bag Recycling Program

All Dunkin’ branded flexible ground and whole bean coffee bags.

Entenmann’s Little Bites® Pouch Recycling Program

Recycle all Entenmann’s Little Bites® pouches and Entenmann’s® Minis film packaging

Note: Please make sure all excess product has been removed (i.e. crumbs). 

Febreze Aerosol Recycling Program

Empty Febreze aerosol containers


Note: Please make sure all excess product has been removed.

Gatorade Beyond the Bounds Recycling Program

Gatorade® / G Endurance®                                                                                                                                          Muscle Milk® Protein Bar Wrappers

  • Gatorade Gx® Pods                                                                                                                     EVOLVE® Protein Bar Wrappers
  • G Endurance Energy Gel Pouches and Carb Energy Chew Wrappers                          Propel® Powder Sticks/Sachets
  • Gatorade, Gatorade Zero, G2, G Endurance Powder Sticks/Sachets                            NOTE: This program does not accept single use plastic bottles.
  • Gatorade Protein Bar Wrappers
  • Gatorade Prime® Sports Fuel Drink Pouches and Energy Chew Wrappers

Gerber® Recycling Program

Gerber baby food packaging, such as

  • flexible or rigid plastic packaging
  • shrink labels, plastic containers
  • plastic lids
  • flexible plastic pouches
  • small and large hook Gerber baby clothing hangers

Be sure that all containers are empty.

GoGo squeeZ® Recycling Program

Recycle all healthy snack plastic pouches and caps.

Note: Please make sure all excess product has been removed (i.e. leftover applesauce). Additionally, if you choose to rinse your product, please note that it must be completely dry.

Hasbro Toy Recycling Program

If you have games or toys at home that are missing pieces or are just too worn to give to charity, here is a better solution than dumping them in a landfill.  Recycle all Hasbro toys and games, including: board games, electronic toys & games, metal/plastic/wood toys & games, action figures, dolls, plush toys, etc. right here at UPC.

Check the collection bin for a list of popular Hasbro brands, if you are unsure.

Not accepted are:

  • Juvenile Products (e.g., playpens, car seats, high chairs, swings, bouncy seats, etc.)
  • Ride-On Products (e.g., bicycles, tricycles, scooters, skateboards, etc.)

Spin Master Recycling Program

If you have games or toys at home that are missing pieces or are just too worn to give to charity, here is a better solution than dumping them in a landfill.  Recycle Spin Master toys and games (except Kinetic Sand and Orbeez) at UPC.

Aerobie                                                Air Hogs                                                       B*Pack                                                             Bakugan

Batman                                                Cool Maker                                                 DC Universe                                                   Dragons Rescue Riders

Dreamworks Dragons                      Etch a Sketch                                             Gabby’s Dollhouse                                      Gund

Hatchimals                                         inkFLUENCER                                              League of Legends                                        Mecano

Mermaid High                                   Monster Jam                                              Lushes Pets                                                    Paw Patrol

Peek-a-Roo                                        Present Pets                                                Purse Pets                                                      Spin Master Games

Supercross                                         Twisty Pets                                                  Wizarding World: Harry Potter                  Zoobles

Swiffer® Recycling Program

Program accepted items:

1. Sweeper™ Dry Refills
2. Sweeper™ Wet Refills
3. Sweeper™ XL Refills
4. WetJet™ Refills
5. Duster™ Refills

Note: Items must be completely dry and in a plastic grocery bag.

Takis® Snacks Recycling Program

Program accepts flexible plastic bags and canisters from:

Takis® Snacks, Takis® Rolled Tortilla Chips, Takis® STIX™, Takis® POP!, Takis® Waves, Takis® Kettlez and Takis® Crisps .

Note: Please remove as much of the remaining product (i.e. crumbs) as possible.

Tide Recycling® – limited brands

Fabric care products and packaging from Tide, Gain, Downy, NBD & Dreft brands.

  • Bags
  • Nozzles
  • Nozzle clips
  • Dispensing cups
  • Plastic packaging wraps
  • Flexible plastic bags
  • Tide To Go pens
  • Rigid plastic tubs and lids

Tom’s of Maine Natural Care Recycling® – any brands

1.    Mouthwash bottles and caps
2.    Deodorant containers and caps
3.    Toothpaste tubes and caps
4.    Soap packaging
5.    Floss containers
6.    Toothbrushes

VTech® & LeapFrog® Toys Recycling

VTech and LeapFrog electronic learning devices and electronic toys.

Ways you can help:

1.  Participate in one of the missions or TerraCycle programs listed above

2. Spread the word! Get others to save these items too.

3. Pray for these ministries