Tools for Schools
Sharing Resources for Brighter Futures
Update Mar 16, 2020: SCARCE is closed through April 5th to align with recommendations to slow the spread of the COVID-19 outbreak. More info.
How to Donate
Items should be like-new, clean and in good condition. Anyone can donate to SCARCE. Items must be in boxes with a lid or flaps that close flat. Boxes must not exceed 30lbs. We may need your help unloading.
Donation are accepted Tuesday – Friday from 9:00-2:00. Donations of 5+ boxes require a delivery appointment – call ahead to schedule. Items are not accepted outside of our donation hours. Don’t leave items after we are closed as they may get damaged by weather or disposed of by property management.
Please note: We do NOT accept worksheets or handmade teaching tools (cutouts, flashcards, games, posters etc).
What We Accept:
- Like-New Art Supplies
- Award/Reward Items
- Working Calculators
- Cork Board
- Crayons (New, Used, Broken)
- Usable Envelopes
- Like-New Folders (All kinds)
- Usable Glue
- Working Markers
- Mat Board
- National Geographic Magazines (within last 5 years)
- Like-New Notebooks - remove used pages
- Working Overhead Projectors
- Paper - usable (All kinds)
- Pencils and Pencil Sharpeners
- Working Pens
- Promotional Items
- Push Pins, Paper Clips, Binder clips
- Rulers & Protractors
- Stickers - whole sheets or rolls
- Tape/Tape Dispensers
- White Boards
Please contact us if you have questions about additional items you would like to donate.
We may be able to find a place for the following larger items. Our space is limited, so please do NOT bring these items to SCARCE without contacting us. We may be able to advertise your items via email or Facebook to find someone that can pick up directly from you. Thank you for your cooperation.
- File Cabinets
Helping Students Everywhere
SCARCE provides low-cost books and school supplies to teachers and non-profit organizations year-round at our facility. Many students and non-profits struggle to afford supplies. SCARCE is here to fill the gap.
SCARCE also partners with organizations to provide books and supplies for children here and around the world. Books and supplies have gone to schools, hospitals, orphanages, and libraries in more than 105 countries. In DuPage County, SCARCE gives thousands of books to children in need at the annual Catholic Charities Back-to-School Fair.