With school supply drive season upon us, we wanted to share our Top 8 tips for hosting a supply drive:
1 - RECRUIT A SMALL COMMITTEE
Committees maximize creativity, broaden reach, and spread the workload.
2- SET A TIME FRAME
For best results, we recommend a duration of 1-2 weeks for your drive.
3- CONSIDER A FOCUS SUPPLY
Sometimes, you can get bigger results focusing on one supply. For example, Clariant collected 100,000 pencils and Wells Fargo 47,136 pencils by focusing on that one item. Our top needs are:
• One-subject notebooks
• Composition books
• Filler paper
• Pencil sharpeners
• Pocket folders
• Glue sticks
• Colored pencils
4 - GET COMPETITIVE
Starting a competition amongst departments, businesses, or teams can really boost results. For instance, the Ballantyne Corporate Park collected 13,591 packs of markers in total after making it a competition between Bissell, The Remi Group, and other tenants.
5 - CONSIDER A MAIN EVENT OR CREATIVE TIE-IN
Will your company offer an incentive for participants? We love what Belk did: employees could vote on which executive they wanted to compete in a Sumo match by pledging funds to Classroom Central!
6 - PROMOTE & BUILD EXCITEMENT
Have a kick-off event, provide visual updates (like a thermometer) and engage employees via various communication channels. Bank of America organized a big event, engaging employees to sort and pack their Classroom Central donation in Founders Hall.
7 - OFFER A FINANCIAL OPTION
If people are too busy to shop, offer a way for employees to give cash, write a check, or donate via classroomcentral.org.
8 - PLAN FOR ORGANIZATION AND DELIVERY
Classroom Central accepts donations Monday - Thursday from 8AM-Noon on our back loading dock. Our office, at 2116 Wilkinson Boulevard, is just off John Belk Freeway after I-277 ends.