WHO CAN VOLUNTEER?
Crayons utilizes a variety of people to help us accomplish our mission. Individuals who come on a regular basis or just to check-it-out! Community Service participants, and Teachers looking to participate in our Volunteer to Shop (VTS) program. We welcome students ages 10-15 (with an adult), 16+ to adults, and community groups. Learn more by selecting your situation below!
Individuals are welcome to join our "Family Volunteer" team that helps us stock and run our Programs by volunteering on a consistent basis. Community Service and one-time volunteers assist with sorting donations and prepping items for distribution. There is always something to be done!
We welcome corporate and community groups of all kinds. Ideal group size is anywhere from 6-20 people. Volunteering at Crayons can be an amazing team building opportunity and you will be astonished what can be accomplished in a short amount of time!
K-12 Teachers who are full-time certified and teach in an accredited school in our service area are able to participate at Crayons to Computers by Volunteering in our Volunteer to Shop (VTS) program. A three-hour volunteer shift provides the opportunity for hundreds of dollars in free school supplies!
What should I wear?
Please wear casual/comfortable clothing. Many volunteer activities take place in our warehouse, so be sure to wear clothing that is appropriate for bending, lifting, and moving. Closed toe shoes, however, are mandatory. Absolutely NO sandals or flip-flops are allowed when volunteering.
Does Crayons to Computers have an inclement weather policy?
On days with inclement weather, we will announce a decision to close by 12:00PM (noon). Please look for Crayons to Computers during the school/business closings. You can also check our status by calling 513.482.3290.
What if I need to cancel?
Please call 513.482.3290 to let us know as far in advance as possible if you need to cancel.
Is there anything I need to bring with me?
If you are a first-time volunteer, please complete the volunteer form and bring it with you to Crayons to Computers.
What is the Volunteer to Shop (VTS) Program?
Teachers from area schools that do not meet our eligibility criteria can take advantage of our Volunteer to Shop (VTS) program.
- To be eligible for VTS, individuals must be K–12 full-time teachers or full-time student teachers in one of the 16 counties served by Crayons to Computers.
- For every three hours of volunteer time, teachers earn a certificate for one shopping trip in our Teacher Free Store.
- Teachers may volunteer up to 10 times throughout the school year (June–May). Only five of those volunteer sessions may be completed on a Saturday.
Volunteer for a Teacher (VFAT)
In addition to the VTS program, Crayons to Computers offers a Volunteer for a Teacher (VFAT) program. The VFAT program allows an individual to volunteer and earn a shopping certificate on behalf of a teacher.
- An individual volunteering for a teacher may only volunteer one time per academic year for that designated teacher.
- Individuals may volunteer multiple times for different teachers, but each teacher may receive only one shopping certificate from the VFAT program per academic year.
Do I need to attend an orientation?
Not at first. If you are looking to become a regular "family" volunteer, there will be additional training required.
Where do I sign-up?
You will need to register by following THIS LINK. After registering, and logging-in, you will be able to view the upcoming calendar that lists opportunities for individuals, community service, and teachers. If you want to schedule your group, you will need to contact Dave Hicks, Volunteer Coordinator, at 513.482.3290.
I'm interested in becoming a regular "Family" Volunteer, who can I talk to?
Please call Dave Hicks, Volunteer Coordinator, at 513.482.3290 for more information.