Over the last decade, area churches have been assisting students with school supplies as they head back into a new school year. Last year alone, 474 students we gave supplies throughout the city. But someone asked, "Why are we doing this separately when we could do so much more together?" This year we are anticipating up to 2,000 students needing assistance.
In the Fall of 2019, area churches decided to work together to support the Eau Claire Area School District. Catholic Charities is partnering with them! We all agree every child in Eau Claire deserves to have their school & basic needs met. We need to focus on our similarities of loving Jesus and loving people. We all know it is amazing to see what can happen when God's people focus on what we can do together!
This year, our students and their families are facing even bigger challenges. In March 2020, the Eau Claire area unemployment rates were listed at an all-time low of 2.9%. When COVID-19 and the Safer at Home order came to Wisconsin, our local unemployment rate jumped to 12.4% in April. This increase does not include the many who are still working but whose hours were decreased so businesses could stay open.
While we cannot tell if this increase will affect the number who need assistance with school supplies, we are still anticipating an increase! We are not sure how or when students will be allowed back in the classroom. We are not sure whether they will meet in the buildings or online classrooms, but supplies will be needed. We can also guarantee you that 100% of your online donation will be tax-deductible and will go directly to helping students receive what they need to start the new school year!
Please join with us as we try to give all Eau Claire students a great start this year!