Since 2005, High Water Women's annual Backpack Drive has helped 137,300 children start school ready to learn. In 2018, we provided 12,800 children with fully-supplied backpacks with support from more than 3000 donors and volunteers.
To meet growing demand, in 2019, we've set ourselves an ambitious goal of 20,000 backpacks. It's going to be a steep climb, but we can get there with your help!
The families receiving our backpacks are not able to afford even the most basic school supplies, no less the $65 that a family would typically spend. With High Water Women's purchasing power and the engagement of volunteers at assembly events, for every $20 donated, we are able to provide one fully-supplied backpack to a local child in need.
High Water Women works with more than 30 schools and nonprofits in the tri state area to reach the neediest children and families. Children, grades kindergarten through high school, receive backpacks filled with grade-appropriate supplies. To learn more about how the Backpack Drive helps children, watch our video above.
Thanks for your generous support! Help make this go viral by becoming a backpack fundraiser and spreading the word on social media.
For information on organizing a backpack assembly event this summer please contact Backpacks@highwaterwomen.org.