1. Monetary donations are better than donations of actual school supplies. Many of these organizations like For The Children can purchase supplied in bulk so your donation of $40 will go a lot further.
2. That being said, if you have a crate of glue sticks to unload, by all means donate them. You might consider going straight the the school, in fact. Most schools offices open back up the second week of August for teacher orientations and trainings. Call the office in the morning to ask about hours.
3. Consider volunteering as well. While your group really wants to collect a big pile of school supplies, you might also consider signing up for distribution days. Lots of opportunities below.
4. If you need school supplies, always contact your school first (try the second week of August). They can either let you know if you qualify for school supplies or direct you to an organization that can help. Also, try dialing 2-1-1 for information about getting supplies for your children.
We’ve learned a lot about school supplies in the four years we’ve been compiling this list (plus we have kids ourselves), but if you have any more information that can help, do add it as a comment below.
Austin Partners in Education
Accepts donations throughout the school year but partners with area businesses that collect school supplies.
DONATE: Austin Partners in Education assists schools within the Austin Independent School District, where 64% of our students are of low socioeconomic status. Donations of school supplies this August will make a huge difference to so many of our students as they begin the new school year.
Austin Regional Clinic is collecting school supplies through August 18. All their clinics will be collecting items.
Whole Foods Markets is collecting school supplies through the month of August. Store locations accepting donations include: Arboretum- 9607 Research Blvd, Arbor- 4301 W. William Cannon, Central, 525 North Lamar, Domain—11920 Domain Drive.
Austin Partners in Education has a school wish list on their website with over 400 school needs posted who would be grateful for donations to support their schools at www.austinpartners.org.
For more information about Austin Partners in Education, go to www.austinpartners.org or contact 512-637-0983.
COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS
Accepting donations until July 31, 2014
DONATE: 1,000 CIS students need backpacks and school supplies. You can help! A $20.25/$22.25 donation provides a CIS student with a backpack and a full set of school supplies. Click here to donate by 7/31/14.
PICK UP SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Distributed to campuses that CIS has programming on (about 60 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.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Communities in Schools of Central Texas
HINDU CHARITIES FOR AMERICA & JEWISH FEDERATION OF GREATER AUSTIN
Volunteer opportunity Sunday August 17, distribution August 23. The organizations raised funds for school supplies for over 1,000 homeless kids in Del Valle, Manor and Austin ISDs through its Bollywood Meets Borscht Belt event held Jun 1, 2014.
VOLUNTEER: The school supplies have been ordered and will be packed on Sunday, August 17 starting at 1pm at Dell Jewish Community Campus on 7300 Hart Lane, 78731. Click here to learn about volunteering!
PICK UP SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Supplies will be distributed to the kids at Manor ISD starting at 9am on Friday, August 23 at 10335 US Hwy 290E Manor, TX 78653.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call 512-99-HINDU(44638)
FOR THE CHILDREN INC.
Campaign runs July 27 – August 16. For the Children’s school supply fundraising drive is now in its 25th year. FTC currently serves children in Pre-K to 4th Grade in 10 school districts: Austin, Del Valle, Manor, Pflugerville, Leander, Round Rock, Dripping Springs, Lake Travis, Lago Vista and Hays Consolidated. One hundred percent of your donation goes toward buying new school supplies.
DONATE: Since FTC purchases supplies in bulk, as little as $40 can provide basic school supplies for 10 students. Contributions can be made securely online at www.schoolsuppliesforthechildren.org or mailed to For The Children Inc. at P.O. Box 29346, Austin, TX 78755.
PICK UP SCHOOL SUPPLIES: Supplies are distributed to the schools prior to the start of the school year so that children can start the school year on a happy note.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Call 512-505-5712 or visit www.schoolsuppliesforthechildren.org.
OTHER WAYS TO DONATE:
- Businesses, organizations, groups and individuals can join the Crayon Club to sponsor the low income students of an entire school.
- H-E-B stores are providing an easy way to give by having scan coupons available at the cash registers July 11-August 31.
MANOS DE CRISTO
Volunteer opportunities during the two distribution weeks, August 4-8 and August 11-15. Manos de Cristo will help over 2,000 children prepare for a successful school year.
Shifts for the distribution weeks are 8 a.m. – 12 p.m. Please note if any volunteers are 13 or under. Children under 13 must volunteer with a parent or adult responsible for them. Looking for – but not restricted to – bilinguals, photographers, data entry, registration, videographers and more!
PICK UP SCHOOL SUPPLIES: North Austin Events Center located at 10601 North Lamar Blvd. Each day the first 200 children will be served.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Visit http://www.manosdecristo.org/2013BTSVolunteerOpportunities.html, or contact our BTS Volunteer Coordinator at BTSVolunteers@gmail.com or call 512-477-7454.
BACK TO SCHOOL PARADE
The 7th annual parade takes place August 17 from 1- 7 p.m. with the parade taking place from 3-6 p.m.. The Back to School Parade celebrates education and the return to school in the form of a parade and uses the proceeds to purchase school supplies for those who need them.
DONATE: School supplies can be dropped off at:
- KT’s Deli, 300 W. 15th St., Austin, TX 78701, 512.495.9313
- Capital One Bank (14 Branches of Austin Area) – full list of locations here
- You can also make a direct deposit into the Back To School Parade account to Sponsor A Child for $15 per backpack (1 for $15, 2 for $30, 5 for $75, 10 for $150, 100 for $1500, etc.) at one of the Austin-area Capital One Banks, or on the Back to School Parade website.
VOLUNTEER: The parade takes place Aug. 17 from 3 p.m. – 6 p.m. at Bartholomew Park, 5201 Berkman Drive, 78723. The event could use parade organizers, beginning and ending cleanup and setup crew, school supply packagers, school supply distributors, public relations, etc. To volunteer, please e-mail your name, phone number, your hours of availability, and number of volunteers in your party to email@example.com.
PICK UP SCHOOL SUPPLIES: To make it possible to celebrate and still get a backpack, they will be distributing wristbands from 1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. at Bartholomew Park on August 17. We will then stop the distribution of these wristbands so that you can participate in the parade and its festivities. Backpack distribution will start at 4:00 p.m. The hope is that you won’t need to stand in line for so long.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: firstname.lastname@example.org. Call 512.524.0021 for School Supply Information and 512.799.0093 regarding Volunteerism, Sponsorship, Parade Participation, and almost any else. Website is http://backtoschoolparade.org.
ROUND ROCK PARTNERS IN EDUCATION
Donations accepted until August 7. Round Rock ISD currently has over 13,600 students who qualify for free basic school supplies. You can help!
DONATE: Monetary donations are now being accepted for Round Rock Partners in Education.
Donation levels are designed to meet both corporate and individuals’ giving budgets. Individuals might want to “adopt” a student ($10 per child) so they may receive a bag of new school supplies.
- Other levels: $750 to benefit 75 students; $500 to benefit 50 students, $250 to benefit 25 students; $100 to benefit 10 students; $50 to benefit 5 students – you can even pick the school you want to give to!
Donate by credit card – or be invoiced at a later date. Or, donations can be made by check to RRISD PIEF with “school supplies” in the memo line:
Round Rock ISD Partners in Education Foundation
Attn: Marianne Reap
595 Round Rock West Drive, Suite 404
Round Rock, TX 78961
VOLUNTEER: To distribute school supplies August 7 from 9 am – 2 pm (Students 10+ are invited to volunteer this day!) and August 8 from 3 pm – 6:30 pm at at Cedar Ridge HS, 2801 Gattis School Road, Round Rock. Register here: https://rrisd.wufoo.com/forms/volunteer-for-supplies-for-students-distribution/
PICK UP SUPPLIES: School supplies are provided to Round Rock ISD students who participate in the free and reduced lunch program. This year’s school supplies’ distribution day will be held at Cedar Ridge High School in August. Children will receive a bag with grade-appropriate supplies including notebooks, paper, rulers, and writing utensils.
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Dawn Steele or Marianne Reap, at 512-464-5602, or visit http://www.rrisdeducationfoundation.org/
SAFEPLACE BACK-TO-SCHOOL DRIVE
Donations accepted until August 31. Families struggling to lead violence-free lives can feel extra strain when kids go back to school. Compounded by the violence they have suffered, issues of homelessness and lack of resources, it can be exceedingly difficult for a parent to provide all the necessary school supplies for his or her children. The supplies will go to children in the SafePlace shelter or supportive housing program, and are also available to the children who participate in SafePlace counseling programs, or whose parents are part of counseling and prevention programs.
DONATE: In person – by collecting school supplies (a general list can be found at http://www.safeplace.org/backtoschool) and dropping them off at SafePlace’s Donations Warehouse at 1515 Grove Blvd, Austin, TX 78741 during donation hours (Tuesday-Friday 10am-3pm; Wednesday 10 a.m.-6 p.m.).
FOR MORE INFORMATION: Contact Steven Olender, SafePlace Community Relations Coordinator, at email@example.com.
ALSO, if you need school supplies, first call your child’s school. Also, check the list on 2-1-1 online for more information.