DANBURY, CT - The Volunteer Center of United Way of Western Connecticut orchestrated annual Back to School Drive on Wednesday, August 21, at Pembroke Elementary School in Danbury. Thanks to the generosity of employees at 27 local companies and individual community members, 325 Danbury students received a backpack full of grade appropriate supplies to start the school year as well as a gift certificate for clothing. The approximate value of sponsoring one child is $175; this year close to $56,000 worth of school supplies and clothing were donated.
“Our Back to School Program in Danbury assists families in need during a time that is meant to be exciting,” said Kim Morgan, CEO of United Way of Western Connecticut. “The program alleviates the financial stress associated with getting a child ready for school. Our volunteers love that they shop for specific children because it makes the experience more personal and gratifying.”
The Back to School Clothes for Kids program is coordinated by The Volunteer Center of Western Connecticut. The Volunteer Center works with a different Danbury elementary school each year to identify children from low-income families who are need of assistance. Companies that are members of The Volunteer Center’s Business Volunteer Council, as well as residents of the community, agree to sponsor children at the beginning of the summer. Employees shop for specific children with a child’s preferences in mind (favorite color, superhero etc.).
Companies or individuals interested in participating next year should call The Volunteer Center at 203-348-7714.
The Volunteer Center of United Way of Western CT recruits volunteers and matches their skills to specific non-profit agency requests, conducts training programs designed to make volunteer services more effective, and promotes the concept that citizen participation is the heart of a healthy community. For more information, please visit our website at www.uwwesternct.org/volunteer.