BEAR Back to School

2019 Back to School Dates: this program begins on Tuesday July 10 and concludes on Thursday August 9. This opportunity is every Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday between the hours of 10am – 12pm or 1pm – 3pm.

BEAR’s Back to School program helps ensure that children currently under the care of Child Protective Services have the supplies and uniforms they need to go back to school each fall. It makes a huge difference in a child’s grades when they have the basic supplies to do homework and participate in class.

BEAR’s goal is to empower children in CPS care because most of the time they do not have what they need to succeed, and some are unable start school due to a lack of supplies and no uniform. BEAR provides over 5,000 children with new uniforms, school supplies and a backpack to help them start school.   

You can help in several ways!

  • Host a drive to collect new school supplies to donate. See below for items we hope to collect this year:
  • Make a financial donation to help BEAR purchase supplies in bulk from distributors. For more information on how to donate to Back to School, click here.
  • Volunteer to help with school supply and uniform inventory and packing backpacks. Back to School needs volunteers in the summer each year. Click here for a list of any current volunteer opportunities and information on how to volunteer.

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. “

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