Perhaps your office has three boxes of office supplies that are gathering dust or maybe your home has an office supply junk drawer that is a little too full. Pens, highlighters, paper, OH MY!
Either way, I can promise you that your office supplies will help more in the hands of a charity than in your boxes or drawers. If you’re in Chicago, use Zealous Good to find a specific local charity that can benefit from your office supplies. Otherwise, take a look at this list of ideas below for where to donate your office supplies.
After School & Tutoring Programs
After school and tutoring programs are an amazing option for students that might not have a safe place to go after schools. These organizations often use these supplies either in their programming or pass them out to students to use in school.
To find an after school program in your city, check out Afterschool Alliance.
Job Training Programs
Job Training programs enable individuals to gain skills and resources to become prepared for interviews and employment. If you’re looking for where to donate office supplies, job training programs could be a great option. The staff can use the supplies for their day to day work and the students can use the supplies to better organize and prepare themselves for interviews and entering the workforce.
To find job training programs, visit your state’s Department of Labor website.
Schools and teachers need office supplies like they need air. Your paper, pens, folders, journals, markers, and more could save a teacher hundreds of dollars. There are great sites like DonorsChoose to buy items for schools, but if you’re looking for where to donate office supplies that you already have, look no further than your local school system.
For school donations, you can reach out to the vice principal, the local PTA, or swing by the school and ask who would be best to contact about the donation.
Human Services Organization
Human service organizations, like those that serve the developmentally disabled, have needs that can be unending. From programs to projects to events, human services are helping on all fronts of the human life and therefore have a plethora of needs. As you’re looking for where to donate office supplies, you’ll find that these organizations can use the office supplies to organize their back office or for instructional programs.
To find a list of human services organizations in your community, visit your local United Way’s website or you can search on Charity Navigator.
“The measure of life is not its duration, but its donation.” – Peter Marshall
I hope after reading this you know where to donate office supplies and how your local donation can really make a difference. If you are in Chicago, we’d love to help with this donation. Simply tell us what you have to donate. If you have other places you’d recommend for office supply donations, please let us know in the comments!
Brittany Martin Graunke is the founder of Zealous Good, an in-kind donations marketplace in Chicago. You can find Brittany on Google+ or on Twitter at @ZealousBrittany. You can find Zealous Good on Facebook and Zealous Good on Twitter at @ZealousGood.