According to the National Retail Federation, this year’s total back-to-school spending is expected to reach an all-time high. The increasing costs of essential items for students pose a risk to the financial stability of families. Raphael House needs the support of our community to help our students start the school year prepared and confident!
Low-income families living paycheck-to-paycheck must prioritize essentials like rent and groceries, and often struggle to purchase school supplies. Raphael House’s annual Back-To-School Drive provides children with the necessary new supplies to succeed in school and provides parents some relief on their expenses.
Help us meet our goal of providing backpacks for 200 students and $5,000 for our Back-to-School Fund! We know we can do it with your help!
Other Ways to Support Our Drive
Donate Directly 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 Raphael House’s programs and operations that provide shelter and supportive services to families experiencing homelessness. These services include preparing 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 your family or company! To create a custom wishlist or fundraising page, contact Community Engagement 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 Community Engagement Manager Kellen Sarver at [email protected]. Please note: This year we are only seeking donations of nuetral/ unisex backpacks for high school students because we are fully stocked with backpacks for elementary and middle school students. 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.
Thank You for Supporting Raphael House Students!
We can only ensure Raphael House students start the school year prepared and confident with your help. Please send any questions to Community Engagement Manager Kellen Sarver at [email protected].