Available Free Things

The CPS Free Things program accepts donations and distributes the items to requesting CPS schools.  Principals and staff members with an official CPS email account can use the online request form to request items from the list.

Posting Procedures:

Items will be posted by the Department of External Affairs and Partnerships.  Only CPS staff members are allowed to submit a request and the email address that is submitted should have the “cps.edu” extension.  Submission of a request does not guarantee receipt of the item. Our priority is to distribute items broadly across CPS, so schools who have not previously received donations are the highest priority.  You will be notified of the status as quickly as possible through e-mail (please do not call for status updates).  All requests must be approved by your Principal before they can be awarded.  Principals can approve requests by replying to the notification email they receive when your request is originally submitted.  Below is the link to the Free Things portal where you may submit a request for available items.

Click Here To Request Free Things

Free Things Survey:

Click here to take survey

Free Things Online Wish List:

We would like to know what items you need for your school!  Some donations we receive are not posted on the Free Things page.  Instead, certain items go directly to schools that have a wish list on file with our office.  Wish lists help us find out about specific items your school could use.  If your school needs something that hasn’t been posted or if your request hasn’t been granted, please complete a wish list so that we can help meet your school’s needs.

online wish list

For Schools Requesting Computers:

Please visit the Guide for Receiving Computer Donations for detailed instructions.

Contact:

Michael Manning, Project Coordinator
773-553-1545 mmanning@cps.k12.il.us

Visit the Free Things FAQ