Help us make sure children in need start the new school year on the right foot!
Each summer, we bring together the community to help send all the children supported by our Family Stabilization programs back to school with a backpack filled with school supplies to start the new school year right. We collect each summer backpacks brimming with notebooks, binders, pencils, crayons, rulers, glue stocks, and erasers. The backpacks are handed out at a family back-to-school festival in August. In 2018, we provided backpacks and school supplies to more than 700 children and youth!
In addition to donations of backpacks and school supplies, we accept financial contributions to help us buy additional items to make sure children and youth are heading back to school with all they need. To learn more about other opportunities to donate supplies or funds for school supplies for families in need, learn more at RisingGround.org/BackToSchool or contact us at Development@RisingGround.org or at 914-375-8813.
“Many families in our Preventive Services program cannot afford to buy approximately $100 worth of school supplies for each of their children,” said Jack Toone. “It lifts a weight off their shoulders to know that their children have supplies to do their work and retain what they learn in school.”
Rising Ground’s Preventive Services stabilizes families at risk of losing custody of their children. Our therapists work with families in their home to identify and overcome challenges, such as substance abuse, inadequate food and housing, unemployment, negative family dynamics, and other obstacles that threaten the family unit. Our services help families acquire the tools, skills, and supports they need to nurture and raise their children in a safe and secure home.