Tools for School gets an A+

It was another great year for the United Way Tools for School initiative which ran from July 20 – August 31, 2015.  For more that 20 years, it has provided thousands of children in the Capital Region with the school supplies needed to have a successful school year.  Volunteers sort and organize donated supplies into backpacks that get distribute to children and youth from kindergarten to grade 12 in 30 communities throughout Alberta Capital Region.

This year, the demand for backpacks was higher than any year previous - by nearly 15%. United Way’s Community Engagement staff organized 28 Days of Caring for local organizations and community members who wanted to volunteer to build backpacks full of school supplies. To meet the needs in the Capital Region, more than 12,060 backpacks were built and distributed.  

Donors delivering backpacks of school supplies to Balwin School

Staples, our sponsoring partner, raised $158,000 in ‘at the til’ cash donations (highest amount raised to date) across 14 retail stores. All donations go towards the Tools for School initiative and covers the cost of school supplies and backpacks.  

With 120,000 people in the Alberta Capital Region living in poverty and 40,000 of them being children, there is a true need for community support. We’d like to thank donors, volunteers, staff members, Staples and the community for being so supportive of this program. Each year, with your help, we are able to give more and more kids a great start to their future school year.