Tuesday, August 9, 2011

Companies Provide Tools for School

The Northern New Jersey Business Volunteer Council (BVC) is sponsoring  a collection to provide school supplies for hundreds of children who are from low-income families, in foster care, or who are homeless. Community-minded companies are invited to participate in the “Tools for Schools” initiative, which runs until the end of August.   Employee volunteers will collect school supplies and deliver them to non-profit organizations including various locations of Head Start and the Center for Food Action plus Children’s Aid and Family Services (Paramus) and Youth Consultation Services (Hackensack).  You can also make a donation to the program online here.

“School begins soon, and children will be given a list of supplies that they need,” says Tess Tomasi, BVC Coordinator.  “In these difficult economic times, families are struggling. While school supplies may be low on the list of priorities, children cannot do without them.”

The BVC is coordinating the drive to collect the school supplies based on lists developed in coordination with the social service agencies. This year’s goal is to collect $35,000 worth of school supplies.  Any company wishing to participate can contact Tess Tomasi at the Volunteer Center of Bergen County, at (201) 489-9454 Ext. 114 to receive an organizational packet with complete instructions on how to organize and conduct the campaign. 

Sponsors of the 2011 “Tools for Schools” campaign include State Farm, PSEG, IKEA, United Water, Orange & Rockland Electric, and BD.

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