School supply donations: Where to donate school supplies

It’s that time of year again, the time that all student dreads…yes, its back to school! And while most students and their parents are able to afford this years’ supplies, there are a lot of families that aren’t as privileged. So, if you’re upgrading last years’ school supplies and find that you have more than you need, please donate them to a charity or someone in need!

To get information on heading back to school organized, check out our blog on Back to School Tips!

By donating your extra school supplies, you can help your local community get a better education! Before you donate though, please consider the following tips:

1. If you’re donating pens, highlighters, whiteout, or anything that contains ink, please make sure they write! Also, if you’re donating colored pencils and/or regular pencils, make sure they are in good writing condition.

2. If you’re donating calculators, pencil sharpeners, or other small school electronics, please make sure to test them to make sure they work.

3. Make sure notebooks have good wires, no ripped covers, and are mostly complete with blank pages. For binders, make sure the cover and the rings are not broken.

4. If you’re donating backpacks, make sure they have no holes and that the zippers work.

Now you’re ready to help your community have what it needs to receive a better education!

If you’re in the Chicago or Dallas area, you can use Zealous Good to match you with several local organizations that are actually looking for that specific item and will therefore profit from it the most. If you don’t live in Chicago or Dallas, here are some other places that would value your donation:

Local Schools/Colleges

Schools, of course, are always in need of school supplies. Please help students receive a better education by having the right supplies in their classrooms.

To find a school near you, look up your local school district online.

Local Tutoring Centers

Tutoring centers also have an ongoing need for school supplies with all of the students they help everyday. Search online to find a local tutoring center near you!

Schools on Wheels, Inc.

This great organization recruits volunteers to work one-on-one with local homeless children and give them the academic stability and help they desperately need. You can mil your excess supplies and help these kids get an education!

To learn more, check out the School on Wheels, Inc. website.

Youth Shelters

Youth shelters not only provide homeless youth with food and shelter, they also want them to get back on their feet as soon as possible. Educational stability is a main part of this process and most of these at risk kids have no resources to go to school.

To learn more and find a local shelter near you, click here!

Again, if you’re in the Chicago or Dallas are, use Zealous Good to submit your donation and we’ll easily match it with a local charity in need!


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