BUFFALO, N.Y. (WIVB) - This school year thousands of local volunteers will be making a difference. Volunteers will be helping teachers and needy children get the supplies they need to succeed. From stacking boxes, to filling bookshelves, there is always plenty of work to be done at the Teacher’s Desk off Main Street in Buffalo.
Volunteer Helan Maundrell said, “I often say you hear about the people who aren’t contributing to our society, then you come in here. All of these things are donated, everyone who works here is a volunteer. That’s amazing.”
“Teacher’s Desk wouldn’t be here without volunteers,” said John Mika.
Mike started the non profit back in 2011. His goal is to supply needy students with simple supplies they need to succeed. He never imagined he would have given away about $2 million in free supplies to thousands of teachers. Donations, sponsors and thousands of volunteers make it possible.
“We have special needs schools, eight that help out and volunteer Monday through Thursday.” Mika said, “They pack crayons, they pack shelves, all kinds of things to get the store ready.”
Teacher’s Desk Volunteer Jason Lee said, “It’s definitely bittersweet to know there’s kids that need school supplies, but it’s also rewarding to know I’m helping these kids.”
Williamsville North Junior Jason Lee spends about six hours a week volunteering.
Lee said, “I love volunteering, it feels good to help out. The kids who couldn’t afford all of the school supplies they need.”
Retired Librarian Helan Maundrell says it gives her a purpose. “It’s rewarding for me as a purpose.”
If you're interested in volunteering, donating or a teacher who thinks you might be eligible to shop for free, contact The Teacher's Desk at 716-348-3412 or email email@example.com.
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