BEAR Back to School

Help at-risk and CPS-involved children have a successful school year….

Each fall, BEAR’s Back to School program, which serves over 13,000 children annually, helps ensure that children who might otherwise go without have the confidence, normalcy, and school supplies they need to start the school year off right. Resources like backpacks and school supplies make a HUGE difference in the life of a child’s academic success. To assist BEAR in providing as many Back to School essentials to these children, we invite you to participate in several ways. For a flyer to share with friends, family, and colleagues – please click here!

Program Sponsors

This year’s program is possible thanks to our School Days Superheroes, who are making a tremendous impact on the children we serve through their selfless participation!

   

Donate

If you would like to donate monetarily to the overall program, simply click here or the graphic above to get started, and designate ‘BEAR Back To School’ as your program of choice. IMPORTANT: if you donate in-kind items to BEAR, please make sure to complete an In-Kind Gift Form.

HOST A DRIVE

Provide the resources children need to begin the school year confidently by hosting a school supply drive and delivering them to BEAR’s HQ/ Warehouse (3572 E TC Jester Blvd, Houston, TX 77018) by Friday, September 1st. BEAR is open Monday – Friday from 9 am – 3 pm. Please keep in mind, the earlier the drop-off date, the easier it is to fulfill children’s school supply needs.

For ideas on what school supplies to buy, please click here –> BEAR BTS School Supply Suggestions. Please remember that all school supplies must be NEW and unopened. If you have any questions about hosting a school supply drive, please contact Outreach and Heart Gallery Manager, Merri Hahn.

*IMPORTANT: if you donate to BEAR, please make sure to complete an In-Kind Form so we can properly thank you!

Additional Drop Off Locations

Starting August 1st – August 15th, you can visit our incredible partners at Gulf Coast Regional Blood Center, who have various neighborhood donor centers throughout the greater Houston area, where you are welcome to drop off new school supplies or backpacks! Visit their page online to find a location near you, or click this document to see locations. BEAR is also proud to announce our NEWEST Back to School partner this year ~ Kendra Scott! Nine locations in the greater Houston area will be collecting school supplies and backpacks from July 30th – August 6th for Back to School! To find your nearest location, please click here!

Shop on Amazon

Simply click here to access BEAR’s Back to School List (list available May 1st – September 1st). Items purchased from BEAR’s Amazon Wishlist are shipped directly to BEAR HQ to be used immediately to fulfill the needs of children. Please be sure to include your name and address so we can acknowledge your donation accordingly!

 

Volunteer

Volunteers are vital to helping get backpacks packed, accepting donations, helping with off-site distribution, and organizing school supplies.

To get started, CLICK HERE to create a volunteer account and see ALL of the off-site and on-site volunteer opportunities that YOU can be a part of! There are numerous fun-filled opportunities for individuals, families, and companies alike! Please note, all opportunities have a set number of volunteers. If you see a time slot that is filled check out another day and time to join in the fun!

Please pay close attention when signing up as some opportunities are at partnering agency locations. Filling these volunteer positions are just as vital as our on-site opportunities at BEAR’s HQ. Thank you for helping us get at-risk and CPS-involved children ready to start the school year!

For any questions regarding volunteer opportunities, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator, Alexis Evans at Alexis.Evans@harriscountytx.gov


Caseworker’s insight…

“The families that I serve are typically low income and many are grandparents with limited income. Some of our children are uprooted from their homes without any personal belongings. The families are very grateful for BEAR’s assistance with uniforms and school supplies.”

“The Back to School Program has made a significant impact on the children being prepared for the upcoming school year.”

“Because of your generosity many children are able to begin the school year with clean clothes and school supplies.”

“Your donations have contributed in many children staying in their placement longer, having their needs met by the caregiver and excelling in school. Please continue to help our families so that permanency can be achieved for all the kids that Child Protective Services serve. “

THANK YOU AGAIN FOR HELPING MAKE A CHILD’S SCHOOL YEAR A SUCCESS!

*Should excess funds be raised after this year’s program concludes, said funds will then be used to purchase vital resources as a part of our BEAR Necessities Program, which operates year-round and provides thousands of children with everyday essentials they may need while under the supervision of Child Protective Services. This is the program that serves the most children in our community (30,000 annually), and is the cornerstone on which BEAR was founded. We appreciate your support and understanding; if you have any questions, please contact Outreach and Heart Gallery Manager, Merri Hahn at Merri.Hahn@harriscountytx.gov