You might think the only way to help needy organizations is to contribute money. But donating teaching supplies, books, and papers is a direct way to improve under-funded and under-privileged schools, libraries, and prisons in the United States and abroad. When it comes to giving away teaching materials and books, more than one organization would happily accept these items. Deciding on the lucky organization is totally a matter of preference.
Visit the website http://www.iloveschools.com and sign up for free. The site is secure. You need to create a username, password and provide your email address. Click the green "Sign Up" box at the bottom of the page. That will take you to your donor dashboard where you can make an offer of teaching supplies, books and papers. If any needy schools are interested, they'll request your offer and give you an address to send the items.
Contact the administration department of local schools or schools that you know for a fact are in need. Describe the supplies and materials that you have. Other places that you can contact are prisons, hospitals, homeless shelters, and libraries. These are all places that may gladly accept these materials. Always call first and describe what you would like to give away.
Donate your supplies to Africa through the Develop Africa website. Contact them at http://www.developafrica.org/contact_form_donate_items and describe the teaching materials, books and paper you would like to donate. They'll email you back, confirming or denying that they need those items. If confirmed, mail your items to Develop Africa, 307 Green Valley Drive, Johnson City, TN 37601
Visit your local Salvation Army or Goodwill to donate your items. These organizations will accept almost anything as long as it's in decent condition. These are two extremely reputable groups that do a great deal of good work in disaster relief, missing persons, and with the homeless.
- Diane Szulecki