STAMFORD, Conn. -- The Volunteer Center of United Way of Western Connecticut recently had its 10th annual Back to School Clothes for Kids drive at Toquam Elementary School in Stamford.
Thanks to the generosity of employees at 18 local companies, 98 students at the school received two new school outfits, a pair of sneakers, a winter coat and grade-appropriate supplies to start the school year. The approximate value of sponsoring one child is $300; this year nearly $30,000 worth of school supplies and clothing were donated.
“Our Back to School Program in Stamford assists families in need during a time that is meant to be exciting,” said Kim Morgan, CEO of United Way of Western Connecticut in a prepared statement. “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 program is coordinated by The Volunteer Center of Western Connecticut. The center works with a different Stamford 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 Workplace Volunteer Council 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.).
Last year, the program provided clothing and supplies for 89 children at Northeast Elementary School in Stamford.
Companies or individuals interested in participating next year should call the center at 203-348-7714.