BEAR Back to School

2020 Back to School Dates: BEAR is actively collecting new supplies and will do so until September. Please get in touch with us today if you are interested in donating in-kind.

BEAR’s Back to School program, which serves over 5,000 children annually, helps ensure that children currently under the supervision of Child Protective Services have the resources they need to confidently begin school each fall. Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, many families may not have the financial capacity to purchase back-to-school items for their children. For this reason, resources like backpacks and school supplies will make an even greater difference in a child’s academic success this fall. To assist BEAR in providing as many Back to School essentials during this time of uncertainty as possible, we invite you to participate in several ways:

  • Make a financial donation to help BEAR purchase supplies in bulk from distributors. Click the amount below that you wish to contribute to this year’s program.
    • A $25 donation can provide ONE child with a brand new backpack and school supplies.
    • A $50 donation can provide TWO children with brand new backpacks and school supplies.
    • A $100 donation can provide FOUR children with brand new backpacks and school supplies.
  • Host a drive to collect new school supplies to donate. See below for items we hope to collect this year:

  • Shop on Amazon! Simply click here to access BEAR’s Back to School List. Please be sure to include your information on the thank you note if you choose to donate this way!
  • 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.

*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 (over 14,000 annually), and is the cornerstone on which BEAR was founded. We appreciate your support and understanding; if you have any questions, kindly contact us at (713)-274-9850.

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. “