After a big spring cleaning project, IFAI was faced with surplus office supplies including chairs, filing cabinets, hanging file folders and notebooks. Staff members investigated and found a local nonprofit that could put the “extras” to good use.
“Like our members, we are committed to recycling,” said Janet Atz, the IFAI employee who orchestrated the cleaning effort. “We figured there was a way to give office chairs and a bunch of three-ring binders to people who can use them. Teachers were a great fit.”
Companies to Classrooms is a not-for-profit organization that provides students and teachers with educational supplies free of charge through the operation of a store staffed by volunteers and stocked with recycled or excess supplies and inventories donated by local businesses.
“Teachers always need paper, pens and pencils, envelopes, chalk boards, in/out boxes—pretty much anything a business uses,” one volunteer said, as he helped load the van with items from IFAI.
Companies to Classrooms’ website contains information about volunteering and donating.
IFAI is a trade association supporting the specialty fabrics industry around the globe. IFAI will mark its 100th anniversary with festivities at IFAI Expo Americas 2012.