How You Can Help
Donations to Tools for Schools come in all forms! small, large, traditional and non-traditional!
Individuals can donate items they no longer use such as office supplies and equipment, school supplies, arts and crafts materials, paper goods (facial tissues, paper towels, etc.), packing materials, tin cans, fabric, beads, first aid supplies, and much more!
You can also hold a supply drive with your community organization, neighborhood or workplace!
Or, if collecting items that are new or gently used is not your thing, a few dollars goes a long way to bring the essential learning materials to a student in need!
We are always seeking volunteers to help in the Tools For Schools store during open hours. -fill out an application -
All donations go directly to Alachua County Public School teachers-DONATE TODAY!
How Your Business Can Help
Tools for Schools offers a year-round opportunity for businesses, organizations and individuals to play an active role in our community. Everyone can provide school supplies, monetary donations or volunteer assistance to benefit the students and teachers in our schools. Join us in this partnership for Alachua County's children.
Here are some suggestions how, with little effort, your business can make a dramatic and positive difference in the lives of our kids.
- Donate out-of-date or left over materials (stationery, pens, pencils, notebooks), manufacturing by-products or castoffs and packaging materials. Remember, what may seem like trash to you, could be the treasure a teacher needs to inspire a student.
- If your business does not have such items, you can hold a materials drive and collect new or gently used school supplies. We are always in need of traditional and non-traditional school supplies. We will happily provide collection boxes and promotional materials to assist your business in a successful supply drive. Or if a fundraiser sounds more interesting, Tools For Schools graciously accepts monetary donations. Throughout the year it becomes necessary to purchase supplies in order to meet the needs of our students.
Without a doubt, your business is a channel from us to other businesses. Spread the word and teach others to understand our needs and help us turn the trash from our business community into treasures for our children.
Call 352-374-5213 for details on how your business can help.
I think the Tools for Schools recycling center is a great way to get new ideas and materials… both students and teachers benefit. -- Monica Coker, Art Teacher, Sidney Lanier and Anchor Center
Throughout the year, Tools for Schools will ask businesses to sponsor supply drives. They in turn will ask employees to donate new or gently used school supplies, such as pens, paper, markers, crayons, glue, notebooks, folders, and more. Alachua County employees ran the first supply drive, and turned in enough materials to stock the store for the first three months. A continual supply is needed for these high-demand items.
To sign up for our 2011 Back to School Supply Drive, please call 352-374-5213.