Volunteer

It takes a team of dedicated volunteers to help operate our teacher shopping programs, and we are always inviting new members to join our family!

Whether you are welcoming guests, prepping the Free Teacher Supply Store, assisting teachers, packing and delivering curbside orders, or assisting with Pencil Boy Express – The Mobile Free Store, volunteers are the heart of A Gift For Teaching.

View Current Individual Volunteer Opportunities
Contact Us For Group Volunteer Opportunities

Frequently Asked Questions

Specific tasks will vary depending on the day and the type of shift each volunteer is fulfilling. The tasks listed for each shift on our volunteer portal are general guidelines and may vary according to need. Available positions may include:

  • Front Desk Assistant — Help make a great first impression by welcoming guests to the store and assisting in office projects. Responsibilities include answering phones, monitoring the front door, greeting guests upon arrival, and helping with various small projects.
  • Free Store Prep Assistant — Help prepare the store for teachers to shop by stocking, sorting, cleaning, and displaying supplies. This position prepares the Free Teacher Supply Store for opening by restocking shelves and ensuring all product is neat and organized. 
  • Teacher Check-in Assistant — Welcome teachers and help prepare them to shop by checking them in and answering any questions.
  • Teacher Shopping Assistant — Teacher Shopping Assistant — Provide exceptional customer service during store hours by stocking, assisting teachers while they are shopping, answering questions, and checking them out once they have made their selections.

Individual volunteer shifts vary depending on the need. On most weekdays, there are morning and afternoon shifts. They typically run Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 am – 12:00 pm, and Tuesday-Thursday, 2:00 pm – 6:00 pm.

Group volunteer shifts are typically weekdays from 9:00am – 12:00pm or 1:00pm  – 4:00pm. Contact us for more information on group volunteer opportunities!

Interested volunteers can go to the volunteer online portal to see all available shifts. You will need to create an account to sign up for a shift. If you are interested in scheduling a volunteer group, contact us. We can host up to 25 people.

Yes, volunteers must be at least 12 years of age. Children ages 12-13 require supervision by a parent/guardian. All volunteers under the age of 18 must include a parent or guardian’s signature on their release form.

Yes, students looking to complete Bright Futures scholarship requirements or additional community service may volunteer. See above for age limits. Students are responsible for communicating and providing all necessary paperwork to staff to complete.

Yes, but while we do have low-impact tasks, they are limited. Please contact us with additional questions or concerns.

No, we are not accepting any court-ordered volunteers at this time.

WHAT OUR VOLUNTEERS SAY

“I started volunteering with A Gift for Teaching as part of my employer’s community outreach initiatives. What I did not realize when I joined the volunteer team for a one time event was that I would fall in love with the mission of this organization.

Since that one-time event with my employer, I’ve returned to A Gift for Teaching dozens of times to work with them as an individual.”

“When I first started volunteering, I was happy to see that it wasn’t just about getting teachers basic school supplies. It was also about hygiene and clothes and other necessities to help the students.

All the volunteers here work as a team with the same goal; to help make life a little easier for the teachers.”

“I have been volunteering with them for more than 2 years. Each week I get to see first hand how much this organization helps our teachers.

Every time we hand off boxes and bags of supplies to the teachers, they always tell us how much this means to them and their students, and they can’t thank us enough.”

“Volunteer shifts are easy to register for and carefully planned so everyone has a hands-on job when they serve.

From stocking the floor with new donations to helping teachers shop for supplies, A Gift for Teaching is an incredible place to serve and make an impact in your community.”

“As a volunteer, I have always felt welcome and supported in my roles with A Gift for Teaching. I’ve never once questioned the impact I was having due to the transparency and communication.

It’s been amazing to have the opportunity to be on the front lines of educator support and knowing that I am personally impacting the ability of teachers and students across Central Florida to have equitable access to success.”