Alpaca in May: We're live!

Karen Borchert
August 25, 2022
5 min read

Take a peek at what we were up to!

May was an exciting month at Alpaca! It marked the opening of Alpaca’s new office in Millwork Commons, new additions to the team (yay!), the launch of our new website, blog, and social media pages, and our first teacher appreciation party where 40+ teachers shopped our “supply bar” and celebrated the end of the school year.

Oh yeah! We even got some news coverage featuring a few member school parents packing up goodies and gear for the May packs, which not only aired in Omaha but got picked up in communities all over the country.

 

As icing on the cake, we had the honor of partnering with awesome organizations and companies throughout the month , too!

By the Numbers

When we launched our website, we opened up the ability to nominate your school to receive Alpaca packs and were blown away by the response. 110 school nominations poured in during the first seven days with new schools being nominated daily since! 

In May, Alpaca delivered 230 packs to seven schools across Omaha, delighting more teachers in a month than we ever have! This is in addition to the awesome teacher appreciation packs that more than 40 kids made at our open house at Millwork Connect. 

We also added a record number of new parent sign ups in a single month and added hundreds of dollars in subscriptions to our schools.

Partners & Sponsors

We are so grateful to Postscript in Ashland, Nebraska and Coneflower Creamery (our soon-to-be new neighbor) for sponsoring items in our packs this month. Because of those sponsorships, we were able to deliver $2 for every $1 of subscription this month. What an incredible way to support our teachers!

We would also be remiss if we didn’t provide some major shout-outs to the incredible teams at Bones Co, Oxide Design, and Hanscom Park Studio who brought the website, illustrations, and brand to life. From Drew Davies (our mastermind on the Alpaca name and brand), Quentin and Ben on some killer illustration, and Missy and Brandon on a beautiful site delivered in record time, dang y’all. We’ve heard from so many of you about the brand – this is the crew that made it happen!

In our space

At Alpaca, we are committed to opening up our space for creative endeavors that support our community and startup ecosystem. This month, we hosted several organizations and events in our space, including: 

  • Alpaca’s first Teacher Appreciation Party, where we saw 40+ teachers from across the city kickback, relax, enjoy dinner on us, and put together a bag of fun supplies at our “supply bar”
  • Women’s Pitch Day featuring Superb 
  • Millwork Connect, where we hosted a teacher appreciation workshop for kids (in partnership with our friends at Coneflower Creamery)
  • Elevator, Omaha’s new co-warehousing spent time in our office getting ready for their launch
  • Community table co-working with friends from  Opera Omaha, UNO, and WPE
  • Photo shoot with local legend Daniel Muller
  • Millwork Commons Investors Meeting

Coming up in June

We have some big news coming up this summer featuring some pretty amazing partners who are joining us in support of teachers. We can’t share it fully yet, but we can tell you this: a lot more teachers are going to experience “supplies and delight” this coming school year! 

I hope you’ll keep in touch, tell us about your favorite teachers, and subscribe! You can subscribe to your own school, or to our Alpaca for All fund, which helps us bring Alpaca to schools in our community who need it the most. Your support means so much to us!

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