Volunteers are the heart and soul of the Back to School Shop!

Each year over 200 community volunteers gather on the day of the Back to School Shop event to create a magical experience for disadvantaged elementary school students in Stamford. We love our volunteers and they love Back to School Shop!

  • “This is the most gratifying volunteer work I’ve done in years!”

  • “It’s great to be part of this wonderful program!”

  • “This is one of the most organized, heartwarming, and rewarding volunteer events I have ever attended!”

  • “The smiles on the faces of the children said it all!"

Registration for the 5th Anniversary Back to School Shop is closed! We thank you for your interest in volunteering for Back to School Shop. If you would like to be added to our mailing list for next year's event in late July 2020 (final date to be determined), please contact us at volunteers.backtoschoolshop@gmail.com and we will add you to our mailing list!

Volunteer Positions

There are a number of different positions, including:

  • Personal Shoppers to escort the children through the shop

  • Sneaker fitters to help the children find that perfect sneaker in the right size

  • Coat fitters to supervise the coat area

  • Child Check-in and Check-out

  • Dressing room attendants

  • In-shop attendants to maintain inventory throughout the shop

  • Parking attendants

  • Translators (mostly Spanish) to help the parents who do not speak English

  • Japha Family Resource Center attendants to help parents take advantage of the many community resources

  • Set up day before the event

  • and many more

Volunteer Requirements

Volunteers typically work one 4-hour shift. New volunteers are trained for their position upon arrival at the event.  Returning volunteers receive an online training review prior to the event. Volunteers must be at least 17 years old. Spanish speakers are always needed.