The following is a guest post by Mike Daley, our Warehouse Manager.
At Classroom Central, I enjoy seeing the great #9SchoolTools donations that come in from our awesome donors. From crayons to pencils, loose leaf paper and glue sticks, there are so many items that are too many to list. Our donors certainly do give us the items that we need to meet our mission of serving the children in our community that might not otherwise have the school supplies that they need to be successful.
We are also grateful to our volunteers that help us in the warehouse with all the sorting and counting that we do with the product. When it’s back to school time, many times collection sites provide a count but we can have hundreds of thousands of items that come in that need to be sorted and counted. That’s where our volunteers come in to play. We would not be able to do the job with our small staff if it wasn’t for our volunteers. If a donation comes in that has not yet been tallied, we identify the donation with the donor’s information so that we can report out to them the specific count of items that they brought to us. We allow them to accumulate (multiple donations) so there is a large amount for a sorting session. We schedule a group of volunteers and they will come in, break out the donation, sort and count the items. This also gives us a good count for inventory purposes. With this information, it allows us to distribute our product throughout all of our programs to meet mission goals.
If you would like to volunteer at Classroom Central this Summer, please contact Risa G Brandon, our Volunteer & Distribution Coordinator at email@example.com.