Our Tools 4 School program also will look different this year and we need your help to make it a success. Our new normal, at least at the moment, doesn’t allow for the typical size and scope of the program this year. Nor are the schools requesting the same things from their students. With an emphasis on safety and at the recommendation of a focus group of educators and school administrators, the program has been streamlined to meet needs of students wherever they find themselves for this very unique school year.
Our goal is to build 1,000 student safety kits consisting of a pencil box/bag, face mask (reusable), hand sanitizer, ear buds (with mic), pencils, pens, and pencil sharpener. These items will be useful to students whether they end up learning in their classroom, or from home. Additionally, we plan to provide each family served with a $20 gift card (from Walmart or ShopRite) to fill in any gaps with supplies they may determine they need.
That brings us to you. We won’t be able to do this without you. Because of the pandemic, we are unable to hold the supply drives that we normally would- from Walmart, Shoprite, and at many of our business partner locations. So in order to gather all of the items we need, we are requesting your assistance.
Please consider helping us in one of the following ways:
- Volunteer to run a drive or challenge to assist us in collecting the items outlined above. For example, this is a great opportunity for media-savvy teens (and adults) to post videos challenges to their friends to collect a specific number of gift cards, pencil sharpeners or masks or simply share the challenges United Way will be posting on our FaceBook and Instagram pages.
- Make fabric masks (child or adult sizes) that are reusable/washable.
- Consider purchasing $20 gift cards to Walmart or ShopRite (most in need) or supplies listed above to help us fill the need.
- To make an easy online purchase click on one of our 2 charity lists:
Donations are due by August 14th.
This coming school year holds a lot of uncertainty and unprecedented ways of doing things for many members of our community. Our United Way staff, volunteers, and donors plan to make sure every child has the opportunity to engage fully in their education this year, however it may look.
Thank you in advance for your consideration. Together we will continue to build a stronger, more resilient community.
Stay well, and thank you again.
Volunteer Engagement Manager