It’s no secret that we rely on a diverse group of volunteers of keep our store open and operating smoothly.
They greet our teacher shoppers when they walk through the door, check out products at the end of their shopping trip, keep the shelves stocked, package product, and more.
It’s always a pleasure to welcome new volunteers to Teachers’ Treasures, and we rounded up five reasons we think you should be part of the group:
We have opportunities for any interest.
In addition to our regular volunteer openings, like check-in and check-out during shopping days, we are always open to finding ways we can utilize your special skill sets. Whether you have a passion for event planning, are an avid sewer, retired from a marketing career, etc.--we can work together to find a way that puts your experience and passions to use.
Even a few hours can make a big difference.
It’s always great to have regular volunteers, but we know that making a weekly or monthly commitment isn’t possible for everyone. Even a few hours of your time help us in a big way. It’s enough time to get new product on our shelves or lend a hand at a special event, like the recent Colts game community donation drive.
You get to make an impact in your backyard.
This year we’re assisting over 250 schools in the Indianapolis area, meaning we touch almost every corner of Indianapolis and Marion County. Even if your neighborhood’s school is not shopping eligible, there’s a likely chance you know at least one educator teaching at or one student attending a school we serve.
It’s a great way to bond with your team.
Looking for a community service outing for your office? We welcome groups throughout the year, including teams from PepsiCo, Regions Bank, Optimedia, Butler, and several other companies, schools, and organizations. It’s a fun way to escape the office or try something new for the afternoon while giving back to the community. If you’re interested in a group volunteer experience, please contact email@example.com.
You get to meet people shaping Indy’s future.
Teachers are given one of the most important tasks one can get: Shaping the minds of future generations. Their impact will be felt in Indianapolis for years to come, so why not take the time to meet them and thank them for their efforts?
BONUS: You can get a shopping trip to the store!
Our Volunteer to Shop program is a way to impact even more educators. Teachers from both shopping eligible and non-eligible schools are able to give their time in exchange for a shopping trip at Teachers’ Treasures. Four hours equals one shopping trip, with the average value of each trip approximately $415. To learn more, visit our Volunteer to Shop page.
If you'd like to learn more about volunteering and view our current open opportunities, visit our Volunteer page.
August was an incredible month for our teacher shoppers!
With 4 weeks of regular shopping and two Saturday shopping dates--including a special event with the Majestic Car Club Cruise-In--we were able to distribute over $1 million of school supplies. We are so excited about the impact this has made as teachers and students returned to their classrooms to kick-off the 2015-2016 school year.
Megan Ewing, an Earth/Space science teacher from Warren Township, shared this wonderful message with us about how Teachers' Treasures has been able to make a difference in her classroom so far:
"I was in today for just my second visit. I just can't thank you and the sponsors enough for the impact you are making! Just yesterday one of my young ladies came up and asked if I had an extra notebook she could have and thanks to you I was able to supply her with one! I had a special request for a new chair and you all were able to make that dream come true too (you can see the old one was quite lacking and now I have a Cadillac)! I have attached a couple of pictures from today. Thanks again for all you do for our students and teachers!!"
Thank you to Megan for sharing her story and these photos from her classroom!
Back to school season is always one of our biggest donation periods, but we can't stress enough that donations continue to make an impact all year round! With more than 2400 teachers and 100,000 students to serve this school year, we need your help to keep our shelves well-stocked through May. Visit our donation page to learn more, or visit our volunteer page to find out how your time can make an impact in Indy's classrooms.
Teachers, we're always in need of testimonials to share with our supporters! If you'd like to share how Teachers' Treasures has made an impact in your classroom, please email your story--alongside any photos you'd like to include--to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Teachers' Treasures supports Indianapolis area teachers and students in need by distributing free school supplies through our teacher store. Learn more here.