This post was written by Risa G. Brandon, Classroom Central's Volunteer & Distribution Coordinator.
Classroom Central depends on volunteers to ensure we accomplish our mission – to equip students living in poverty to effectively learn by collecting and distributing free schools supplies. I believe our mission is what draws our volunteers to us. People want to help our educators and students.
Our volunteers provide assistance on a regular schedule (weekly, monthly, bimonthly, yearly) and as needed. Our tasks at Classroom Central vary based on day and shift but include die cutting (cutting out paper stencils using a piece of equipment), store stocking (preparing the store with supplies), stocking (packing supplies for distribution), administrative (entering shopping and volunteer data, preparing mailings, etc.), cleaning, teacher shopping (checking teachers in and out, loading vehicles) and assisting with special events. Volunteers schedule to come to Classroom Central as part of a group (corporations, churches, small businesses, civic organizations, etc.) or as individuals (youngest age to volunteer is 6 years old). Some of the ways we reach out to potential volunteers include our website, staff interaction in the community, word of mouth from other volunteers, group presentations and referrals through United Way. It is not a difficult task to recruit people to be a part of our mission.
Classroom Central volunteers are an awesome collection of individuals. We believe people enjoy volunteering with us for a variety of reasons.
Volunteers are critical to our success and we recognize the impact of what each person brings to our organization. Contact Risa G. Brandon at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like information about making a difference at Classroom Central.