Kids Go Back to School with Confidence and New Backpacks

For just a little over three months, Homeport's offices and communities were overtaken with the buzz of the 2014 Back to School Readiness Drive. Backpacks and school supplies lined every available wall in our main office, while children and parents lined up at our community centers to complete registration forms to make sure that they got backpacks with age-appropriate school supplies.

Back in May, volunteers picked up over 1,000 backpacks from Junior League and Charity Newsies, and in June through August, generous donors and corporate partners held school supply drives to collect markers, folders, binders, scissors, and other school supplies to fill those backpacks. Meanwhile back at the office, volunteers from Chase and the Homeport Young Professionals sorted supplies as quickly as they were coming in, and stuffed over 200 backpacks each Wednesday night throughout July.

All of their efforts culminated in 12 Back to School Rallies held in Homeport's communities in August. Nearly 1,150 children entering Kindergarten through 12th grade received backpacks stuffed with school supplies, and had the opportunity to get their faces painted, decorate and personalize their folders and binders, make key chains for their backpacks, play dodge ball, capture the flag, water balloon toss, and even tour a firetruck. 

Thank you to the following companies and their employees, members, and customers who made our 2014 Back to School Readiness Drive a success:

J.P. Morgan Chase & Co.

The Hadler Companies

CREW Columbus

The Homeport Young Professionals

Starbucks

CASTO

Grange 

EMH&T

Target Graceland and Polaris stores

It's not too soon to begin planning for the 2015 Back to School Readiness Drive. If you would like to learn more about how you or your organization can volunteer or donate for next year's Back to School Readiness Drive, please contact Morgen Wade, Manager of Volunteer Engagement, at morgen.wade@homeportohio.org or 614-545-4817.