Where to Donate School Supplies


Yes, it’s past September and you’ve done all your back to school shopping.—we know this. But just because the beginning of the school year is over doesn’t mean that different organizations don’t need school supplies! Whether you bought way too many supplies at the beginning of the year or if you just keep on buying all things school related in bulk, there are places that could put your extra supplies to good use!

It’s time to let go of your extra supplies. If you’re in Chicago, it’s as easy as using Zealous Good to find out exactly which charities need your school supplies. If you’re not in Chicago, here are some places that could use it.


Don’t laugh. It can be simple as that. Where is a good place to donate school supplies? Preschools, elementary schools, high schools, colleges! Whether a student is 5 and growing and whether a student is 25, and well, uh, still growing, every student could use more school supplies.

To learn more,  you can look up your local school district online.

Tutoring Centers

Like schools, tutoring centers are a place to learn. Supplies are always needed at these educational safe havens. These centers can never have too many pencils, paper, or staplers!

Look up tutoring centers online to find the closest one near you!

Shelters/Halfway Houses

Shelters and halfway houses can supply warmth, food and a temporary place to stay for people who need it the most. However, a lot of these places’ goals are to help the needy get back on their foot and in the right direction. By donating school supplies here, you can help a person or family get back on the right track.

You can find a homeless shelter/halfway house near you on the Homeless Shelter Directory.

In short, when you give away your extra supplies, there are many different ways it can be used.  Donate via Zealous Good and choose which Chicago charity it goes to, or follow one of our tips. Either way, give today!

Vince Nava is a 2013 marketing intern at Zealous Good, an in-kind donations marketplace in Chicago. You can find Vince on Google+, on Twitter at @vincenava or Zealous Good on Facebook and on Twitter at @ZealousGood.


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