Experiencing homelessness in early childhood is correlated with poor classroom engagement and social skills in school. Low-income families living paycheck-to-paycheck must prioritize essentials like rent, groceries, and health care expenses, and often struggle to purchase school supplies. These obstacles have been exacerbated by the current COVID-19 public health crisis.
Raphael House’s annual Back-To-School Drive provides children with supplies to succeed in school and allows parents to focus on maintaining their financial stability. This year, we’ve set a goal of providing 200 backpacks to families in our Programs. We know we can meet this goal with your help!
UPDATE: We’ve met our backpack donation goal! Thank you! You can still donate to our Back-To-School Fund to support our Children’s Services.
Other Ways to Support Our Drive
Donate to Our Back-To-School Fund
Leave the Back-to-School shopping to us! Make an impact on Raphael House students by donating directly to our Back-to-School Fund. This fund enables Raphael House staff to purchase backpacks and other school supplies as needed, as well as support our Children’s Services. These services prepare children for success during the school year through after-school and Saturday tutoring (currently, we are offering virtual tutoring) and extracurricular activities. Make a donation here.
Host a Drive as an Individual or Company
Our Back-to-School giveaway is only possible through the support of our generous community. Hosting your own backpack drive for Raphael House is a fun and easy way to get involved with our family or company! To create a custom wishlist or fundraising page, contact Volunteer Manager Kellen Sarver at [email protected]
Coordinate a Backpack Drop Off
If you prefer to purchase backpacks from retail stores like Target or Costco, please coordinate your donation with Volunteer Manager Kellen Sarver at [email protected]. Please note: All donated backpacks must be new, should not be solid red or blue due to some school regulations, should be sturdy enough for everyday use, and preferably contain plenty of pockets for additional storage.