SUPPLYING OUR YOUTH WITH CONFIDENCE
The YMCA of Orange County Hosts
4th Annual Backpack Drive
The YMCA of Orange County is excited to continue the tradition of helping kids in our afterschool programs by supplying them with a new backpack full of school supplies to start the upcoming school year off right. Our goal is to ensure that kids in our underserved communities are prepared to learn. Having the proper supplies allows children to feel confident that they can succeed in a classroom environment.
Last year’s backpack drive was a huge success thanks to generous donations and remarkable efforts of the community. Donors, volunteers, and staff collected and stuffed over 800 backpacks during the drive in 2015. That means over 800 kids started the school year off with the tools they needed for a successful year of learning.
The YMCA has a long history of helping people and communities in need of support and in an effort to expand that reach, started a new tradition in the summer of 2013: The Backpack & Supplies Drive. The goal of the initiative was to collect new backpacks and essential school supplies to help kids in our local communities go to school prepared to learn and achieve educational success. That goal aligns with our mission that all people have access and opportunities to participate regardless of economic or social status. To further that, the Y has been listening and responding to communities’ most critical social needs for more than a century. YMCA service projects like the Backpack & Supplies Drive unite us all as a community with the shared goal of creating a better world for our neighbors in need.
Donations will be accepted from July 5th – July 22nd at several YMCA of Orange County locations and the Murrieta Family YMCA in Riverside County.
Organizations and groups can get involved by conducting their own drives and collecting backpacks and supplies at their offices, schools, churches, or community centers. For more information, contact Volunteer Coordinator Elise Thompson at (714) 508-7644 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Take a look at pictures from last year’s successful drive on Facebook.