You can make a difference by volunteering with the Teaching Tools Store.

Over 1000 people of all ages volunteered over 6,500 hours last year to support the Hillsborough Education Foundation’s mission and help students reach their full potential by generously donating their time and talent. Our volunteers are critical partners in helping us operate the Teaching Tools Store.  They help us re-stock shelves, sorting and repacking donated school supplies and assisting in teacher check-out. Without them, our students without the basic school supplies would not receive free pencils, crayons and paper throughout the school year.

The Teaching Tools Store has several volunteer options so you can choose a time commitment that works with your schedule whether it is once per week or once per month. Volunteer hours and days depend on which opportunity you choose.

Students can also volunteer for their community service hours. Students ages 11-14 can volunteer at the Store with a parent or guardian present. Students ages 15 and over may fulfill their community service hours at the Store with parent or guardian consent.

No matter how you volunteer, the rewards are many and exceed the good feeling you will get from helping our students. You will be making a lasting difference in the life of a student by helping us provide something as simple as a pencil. Please join us.

Volunteer Opportunities

Store Associate Volunteer assists teachers with their check-out process.
Mondays 2:30 – 5:00 p.m.
Wednesdays and Thursdays 3:00 – 6:00 p.m.
2nd and 4th Saturdays 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.

Re-stock Volunteer assists the Facilities Manager in re-stocking the shelves, straightening items, sorting and repackaging donated school supplies.
Any weekday Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Creative Volunteer assists with making journals, die-cuts and even sew items such as aprons and tote bags. The Teaching Tools Store receives regular shipments of donated craft items from some of Tampa Bay’s largest stores. Our sewing projects may be completed off-site. At this time we do not have sewing machines available on-site but we can provide patterns, fabric and thread.

Corporate or Group Volunteers assists with re-stocking shelves, straightening items, sorting and repacking donated school supplies.
Any weekday Monday – Friday 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon  or 1:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.

Summer Volunteers (June – August) are always welcome and assigned to tasks as needed.

Special Events Volunteers are needed to support many of the Foundation’s fundraising and teacher recognition events held throughout the year.

To become a member of our community volunteer team please contact Melanie Jimenez at [email protected] or click here to print our volunteer application. 

Thank you for supporting our Teaching Tools Store and our public school students in need in Hillsborough County.