SWC’S MISSION IS TO SUPPORT THE LOCAL COMMUNITY, PARTICULARLY its MOST VULNERABLE RESIDENTS, AND TO PROMOTE SOCIAL INCLUSION, ENVIRONMENTAL AWARENESS AND ECONOMIC EMPOWERMENT. SWC HAS EVOLVED INTO A RECYCLING CENTER, COMMUNITY SPACE AND SUSTAINABILITY HUB.
SWC started as a redemption center working to foster social inclusion of canners. Our goals include creating an atmosphere of trust, respect and participation in the community; recycling valuable materials while educating about the importance of recycling; and dignifying the work while creating opportunities for those in the community. At SWC, people from all walks of life are welcome under the principle that everyone has something valuable to contribute.
Our vision is to continue being a Recycling Center, supporting and promoting a Circular Economy, where discards are transformed into valuable resources and returned to the productive cycle, and opposing a Linear Economy with a 'take, make, dispose' model of production. We aim to grow as a Community Space where canners, youth, students and neighbors come together, understanding the value of discarded materials through recycling, composting, arts & crafts and other initiatives. We envision our center as a Sustainability Hub, where social, environmental and economic sustainability is practiced and implemented every day.
04/19/13 - US’s Environmental Protection Agency honored Sure We Can with the Environmental Quality Award.