Our annual list of where to hand out, pick up and donate school supplies, clothing and backpacks for Austin-area kids. Get excited about back to school, y’all!
I’ll add to this list as I get more information, so keep checking back. (Send to firstname.lastname@example.org)
FOR ELEMENTARY SCHOOL KIDS – ALL
MANOS DE CRISTO
JULY 30 – AUG 3, AUG 6 – AUG 10
8 am – 12 pm
Manos de Cristo
Helps more than 2,000 East Austin children get school supplies, backpacks, and clothes for school.
DONATE: Monetary donations also accepted. Just $20 can provide a backpack with school supplies for one child, and for $45 you can completely outfit a child with a new backpack, supplies, and two new outfits.
VOLUNTEER: Volunteers needed to prepare for event, sort items, help distribute items, take photos and video. Progam & Distribution – July 30 – Aug 5 and Aug 6 – Aug 10, Shifts from 8-12 pm and 12-1pm
PICK UP SCHOOL SUPPLIES: July 30 – Aug 3 and August 6 – Aug 10, 8 am to 12 pm
Distribution starts at 8 am. Parents must bring identification and their children. Children pre-K – elementary school are eligible. Only 200 students will receive school supplies per day – so arrive early!
The North Austin Events Center, 10601 North Lamar Boulevard
MORE: Manos de Cristo
FOR ALL AGES KIDS – ONE DAY ONLY
The Back to School Parade
SUNDAY, AUG. 19
Wristband distribution 1-2:30 pm
Backpack distribution 4 pm
Parade 3-6 pm
DONATE: There are opportunities to “Sponsor a Child” for $15 to having your organization participate in the parade, from $100 to $10,000. Be a part of kicking off back to school right! Great parade and great cause for your organization. Learn more here.
VOLUNTEER: Single and group volunteers needed. Learn more here.
PICK UP SCHOOL SUPPLIES: This event and the school supplies are open to students from any school district or school. A parade starts at the Delco Center and ends at Batholemew Park on E. 51st Street. (MAP) Back to School Parade will be distributing wristbands from 1p – 2:30p at Bartholomew Park. They will then stop the distribution of these wristbands so that you can participate in the parade and it’s festivities.
MORE: The Back to School Parade
FOR ALL AGES KIDS – SELECT ISDs
FOR THE CHILDREN
First day of school
Various campuses across 10 school districts
FTC is an all-volunteer nonprofit. 100% of your donation goes toward school supplies. Low income children from 10 Central Texas school districts are eligible for school supplies, which they receive on the first day of school. Last year, FTC supported just under 55,000 children in the 10 Central Texas school districts, grades Pre-K through 5th. This year, For the Children will provide school supplies for more than 53,000 kids.
DONATE:Individual donations are welcome lone and by mail. Also, consider tearing off a For the Children coupon when you check out at area H-E-Bs. For the Children also offers a “Crayon Club” for organizations and businesses that want to choose a particular school.
PICK UP SCHOOL SUPPLIES: If your child will be in Pre-Kindergarten – Grade 5 and is eligible for the federally-funded free and reduced price lunch program, they will be able to receive these free school supplies. For the Children provides basic school supplies to elementary schools in the following school districts in Central Texas.
- Del Valle
- Lago Vista
- Lake Travis
- Round Rock
Contact your child’s school counselor, principal or assistant principal about obtaining supplies. School supplies will be available to these children on the first day of school.
MORE: For the Children
FOR CHILDREN IN EAST AUSTIN ELEMENTARY SCHOOLS
Hermanos de East Austin
Donations by August 22
Any and all school supplies are accepted for East Austin Elementary School students Grades Kindergarten-5th.
DONATE: Take items to Progress Coffee on east 5th St and San Marcos or Joe’s Bakery on East 7th and Hidalgo. ALL ITEMS MUST BE TURNED IN BY AUGUST 22nd
VOLUNTEER or PICK UP SCHOOL SUPPLIES: If you would like to fill an entire backpack or volunteer, or if you live in East Austin and need help with school supplies, please contact Jose A. Velasquez 512-695-4657 or j.velasquez@
FOR HOMELESS CHILDREN IN MANOR ISD
Hindu Charities for America and the Jewish Community Relations Council
AUG 19 for volunteering and AUG 24 for distribution
A joint community service project for the homeless children of Manor, Tex. The two organizations have help fundraisers like a Bollywood Fiesta Volunteers will sort donated school supplies on Aug. 19 at Dell Jewish Community Campus and then deliver 600 bags of school supplies to Manor on Aug 24.
VOLUNTEER: Contact Cindy Zieve, JCRC, 512-413-2070 or email@example.com or Harish Kotecha, HC4A, 512-773-7815 or firstname.lastname@example.org to volunteer to sort on Aug. 19 or hand out supplies on Aug. 24.
PICK UP SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Supplies will be distributed to specific families on August 24 at Manor New Tech High School Cafeteria.
FOR KIDS ENROLLED IN ROUND ROCK ISD SCHOOLS
ROUND ROCK PARTNERS IN EDUCATION
AUG 16 – AUG 18
Cedar Ridge High School
Currently, more than 30% of RRISD families in Round Rock, Northwest Austin, and Cedar Park (approximately 13,500 students) qualify for the federally-funded Free and Reduced Lunch Program. These students are eligible to receive free basic school supplies from RRISD and the RRISD Partners in Education Foundation. Last year, RRPIE served 7,000 students.
DONATE: “Support-A-Student-Program” lets you sponsor a student for only $10. Of course, you or your business are welcome to give more.
VOLUNTEER: Volunteer at Cedar Ridge High School, 2801 Gattis School Road, Round Rock, TX. Sorting and distribution August 16-18, in various shifts. Children ages 10 – 17 are welcome to volunteer on Thursday of Saturday.
PICK UP SCHOOL SUPPLIES: August 16-18. School Supplies Distribution at Cedar Ridge High School. Please call your child’s school about picking up a voucher for school supplies and times for the pick-up.
MORE: Round Rock PIE
FOR CHILDREN PARTICIPATING IN COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS
COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS
2,000 CIS students need backpacks and school supplies. YOU can help!
DONATE: A $20 donation provides a CIS student with a backpack and a full set of school supplies. Click hereto donate by Aug. 15.
PICK UP SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Distributed to campuses that CIS has programming on (about 52 schools); for students enrolled in the program on that campus. To find out if your child is enrolled in the CIS program at his or her school, contact your school’s office.
MORE: Communities in Schools Austin
FOR CHILDREN OF DESSAU ELEMENTARY SCHOOL IN PFLUGERVILLE
DONATE: Full Life has chosen Dessau Elementary School as its adoptive school in the community, and it’s hosting a backpack drive to collect 400 backpacks. Full Life will purchase them in bulk at $5 per backpack and has set a goal of $2000 or 400 backpacks. Visit the Full Life website to donate or call Raeha Smothers at 512-430-1388 ext 1. Our website is .
PICK UP SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Full Life plans on giving out the backpacks on Aug. 26 in the school parking lot.
MORE: Full Life Community Church
OTHER SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVES…(waiting on information)
Hope & Love for Kids, Hays and San Marcos Counties
City of Austin Build a Backpack
IF YOU NEED SCHOOL SUPPLIES:
1. Call your child’s school as soon as possible and ask about available programs that offer school supplies. While we’ve looked for as much information as we could about local drives, there are smaller ones we don’t hear about.
2. Call 2-1-1 as soon as possible and ask about school supplies for your child. They might be able to connect you with an organization that can help.
IF YOU ARE HAVING A SCHOOL SUPPLY DRIVE:
Send me the information in the format above and I’ll add it (email@example.com). Remember, this list is not just for donors and volunteers, but also for people who need school supplies.
IF YOU WANT TO VOLUNTEER:
Look here but also reach out to Little Helping Hands, a local church, a school in your neighborhood or Hands On Central Texas. ALSO, contact For the Children about having your own school supply drive and donating the proceeds to them. Work together, people!