Before you know it, school bells will be ringing throughout Middle Tennessee and students will return to the classroom for another school year. But what happens when some of those students and their teachers lack needed supplies like pens, notebooks, and backpacks?
Enter LP Pencil Box, our featured nonprofit partner that addresses these challenges one classroom at a time.
Founded in 2005, LP Pencil Box (LPPB) is a collaboration of the Nashville business community, Metro Nashville Public Schools, and the LP Foundation, which is the charitable arm of LP Building Products.
The group collects new and gently-used educational, art, and office supplies and makes them available at no cost to educators. Teachers can ‘shop’ for supplies twice each school year at LP Pencil Box, which is located in the McCann Alternative Center in West Nashville. They bring back to their classrooms materials valued at up to $250 per visit to help ensure that their students have all the tools they need to succeed.
LPPB serves more than 2,200 local teachers annually and processes an enormous volume of donated items, ranging from arts and crafts materials to magazines and classroom furniture. With so many teachers to serve, there are some fantastic volunteer opportunities available for individuals.
Volunteers play an important role in making sure things run smoothly at the LP Pencil Box store, and they can serve in a number of capacities. Greeters and check-out assistants guide teachers through the shopping process, helping them find what they need. Stock clerks and inventory assistants aid in sorting, organizing, and stocking all of the supplies that are donated. There are also administrative volunteer opportunities in data entry, marketing, and development too.
With the 2013-2014 school year right around the corner, LP Pencil Box will be buzzing in the coming weeks and months. Here are just a few of their upcoming volunteer opportunities:
July 22-24: 10 a.m. to 2 p.m.
July 25: 11:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Wednesdays/Thursdays throughout August and September: 3 to 6 p.m.
Saturdays throughout August and September: 9 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 12 to 3:30 p.m.
Make sure to check out the LP Pencil Box website to learn more about this great organization.
For more information about volunteering with LPPB, you can also contact Kimberly Washington, Program Manager at firstname.lastname@example.org or 615-974-0438.