In-Kind Donation Recruitment
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Phone calls and emails to potential donors are an important way for Teachers' Teammates to spread the word about its mission and model. Teachers' Teammates would benefit from volunteers who can compile or update lists of local groups and/or contact them to let them know about us.
Teachers' Teammates relies on in-kind donations from businesses, community organizations, houses of worship and individuals. Businesses that have suitable surplus new and/or gently used goods i.e. manufacturer overruns, clearance returns and out-of-season products can donate them to Teachers' Teammates. TT will distribute them to teachers who will put them to use in their classrooms whether in person or virtually.
We have found businesses are eager to donate these type of goods. Often they would otherwise be thrown away and they can get credit for the donation to a nonprofit.
Community Groups and Organizations are interested in supporting models that reduce waste. Houses of worship are ideal organizations to collect surplus goods that educators can put to good use.
TT volunteers need to reach out to all kinds of organizations to introduce them to this model and help facilitate donations. This work can be done in-person and virtually by making phone and email contacts.
Because of COVID-19, more supplies are needed since students cannot share supplies that they usually would or they each need a set of supplies at home. Fewer groups than usual led "back to school supply drives" because they were not meeting as they normally would, such as churches. Community wide drives have focused on the pressing need of food insecurity given the economic downturn and loss of employment. School supplies are a luxury item in some communities where they never would have been before Covid-19 pandemic.
No additional volunteer opportunities at this time.
About Teachers' Teammates
1413 Fairview Ave., Havertown, PA 19083, US
Our mission is to ensure all K-12 teachers and students in Delaware County have the tools they need to succeed in the classroom. We want to demonstrate our encouragement, support and gratitude for the work of our teachers.
Teachers' Teammates (TT) brings together resources to offer all teachers in Delaware County, PA free or low cost supplies. We provide an easy avenue for businesses & the community to donate goods that can be re-purposed by teachers & students. Donations reduce waste & demonstrate good stewardship of resources. TT with many parts of the community i.e. business, community organizations, houses of worship, people of all ages, to meet a need. Teachers spend on average $500/year out of pocket on purchasing supplies for their classroom & students.
Teachers’ Teammates is modeled after 42 successful teacher resource centers throughout the U.S.. After extensive research, we confirmed that there is no comprehensive teacher resource center located in southeast PA.
Teachers' Teammates received approval of their 501c3 application in July 2020. It has grown faster than anticipated. In September, TT led a project to provide 3,000 School at Home Supply Bags to all K-6th graders in the William Penn SD and 82 Back to School Bags to the teachers and staff at the Darby Township Elem. School. As a result of these successful campaigns, we are receiving calls from more teachers with similar needs. Initially, TT will focus on meeting the needs of the 4 school districts in Delco that qualify for 100% for free lunch program: Chester-Upland, Southeast Delco, William Penn and Upper Darby School Districts. Our ultimate goal is make this resource available to all teachers in Delaware County, PA.