Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap
The mission of the Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap is to provide free educational materials for students and teachers. They aim to reduce the burden of teachers spending their own money on supplies, and ensure that teachers and students have the supplies they need to be successful, in addition to keeping unwanted or unneeded excess office supplies out of landfills. They primarily work with teachers in Baltimore City, but not exclusively – they impact teachers throughout the state of Maryland, including Baltimore County, Anne Arundel County, and beyond. Donations of excess office supplies, arts and crafts materials, and classroom supplies are collected from teachers, schools, businesses, and individuals and are made available to eligible teachers in Maryland through two main delivery programs:
- The Swap Free Store: Anyone who needs supplies can browse inventory and help themselves to whatever they need from their physical location in Baltimore.
- The Supply Mobile: This "free store on wheels" delivers supplies directly to teachers in Baltimore City schools.
Our partner, Baltimore Teacher Supply Swap, came to Pro Bono Analytics for help determining whether their current data sets would be appropriate for grant requests and for advice on potential data they might need to collect on their programs/impacts for such requests. They knew they had good information available, but were unsure about the majority of their current data landscape and how to ultimately connect it to their business goals.