Get Involved

Leveling the Playing Field invites individuals, businesses, schools and other groups to volunteer with us! LPF offers a variety of opportunities to get involved and help ensure every child has the opportunity to participate in youth sports activities.

Volunteer At The Warehouse

Every day donations of sporting equipment are dropped off at our warehouse and sent out into the community. In order to sort and organize all of these donations, we rely heavily on volunteers.

Volunteers will inventory and sort sports equipment donations from our intake bins. Volunteers will also help staff maintain organization of the warehouse space by sorting through current inventory and making sure all equipment is in good condition. 

A basic understanding of sports equipment is preferred but not required. Typical volunteer shifts last two hours. This opportunity is open to individuals and groups. The age minimum to volunteer is 10 years old. All volunteers under the age of 15 must be accompanied by an adult.

Run Your Own Collection Drive

Mitzvah Project? Eagle Scout Project? Girl Scout Troop? Or just need volunteer hours? Leveling the Playing Field relies heavily on community members to help us collect sporting equipment throughout their communities. 

Volunteers can organize their own collection drives at their schools, sports leagues, churches, synagogues, neighborhoods etc. LPF will provide donation bins, marketing materials and hands-on assistance to any interested collector. Collectors will place donation bins, inventory equipment and hand out tax receipts to donors when requested. If able, volunteers will transport donated equipment from their drive to the LPF warehouse. LPF's staff is available to discuss potential collection drives over the phone.

For more information on running a collection drive CLICK HERE

Help Us At Our Collection Drives

Every weekend LPF is out in the community collecting gear at sporting events, tournaments, school fairs and more! With limited staff, we rely on volunteers to assist us at each collection drive. Volunteers will help us empty cars, hand out tax receipts and inventory donations before placing donations into the LPF truck. 90% of the equipment LPF donates comes from individual families. As a result, it is very important that we have help so that we can run as many of these collection drives as possible. Typical volunteers shifts last two hours but longer shifts are available.

If you are interested in having LPF run a collection drive at your event, please contact us at info@levelingtheplayingfield.org.

Donate Sporting Equipment

Leveling the Playing Field is open during regular business hours (Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm) to accept donations of sporting equipment. If you are unable to visit us during business hours, you can drop off your donation in our metal drop box located right outside our office door. To schedule a large pickup, please contact us at info@levelingtheplayingfield.org.

If you would like to make a drop off in Virginia, we have a satellite warehouse hosted by 1800-GOT-JUNK? in Chantilly, VA. For more information on dropping off in Chantilly please CLICK HERE.

What types of equipment does LPF accept? Click on this LINK to view a comprehensive list of what LPF accepts and does not accept. Tax deductible receipts are available upon request. Please use your best judgement on the condition of equipment before donating. If you wouldn't trust your kid wearing it, neither will we!

Leveling the Playing Field offers equipment pick ups at a small fee based on the distance from our warehouse.  See below for the fee structure:

Distance Amount
   
0-15 miles $40.00
15-30 miles $50.00
30-45 miles $65.00
45-60 miles $75.00
60-75 miles $90.00
75-100 miles $100.00
100-150 miles $150.00
150-200 miles $200.00
200+ $250.00

 

Raise Money For LPF

As with any charity, LPF relies entirely on monetary donations to maintain our warehouse, transport equipment donations, run our collection drives and market our mission among other expenses. However, it does not take much to make a big difference for our mission. In fact, just $25 helps get one kid get off the sidelines and into the game!

Volunteers can solicit donations alongside their collection drive, organize a bake sale, raffle off an autographed piece of sports memorabilia, or create their own fundraiser idea. All donations are tax deductible and donors will receive tax receipts for their contributions.