Hands4Hope – Youth Making a Difference is excited to kick off its first School Supply Drive as many students in El Dorado County do not have access to essential school supplies for the upcoming 2014-15 school year.
Hands4Hope was approached by the Placerville Union School District to host a school supply drive to benefit students in need in grades kindergarten through eighth. In addition, El Dorado Union High School District has expressed great interest in Hands4Hope expanding the drive to also provide school supplies to students in ninth through 12th grades.
“Hands4Hope and the Placerville Union School District is the perfect marriage of resources. Hands4Hope has been a huge support to us in our school supply collection efforts in the past,” said Tara Turrentine, director of the school district’s Family Resource Center.
There is great need for backpacks, composition books, pens, pencils, red pens, folders, enclosed pencil sharpeners, dry erase markers and highlighters. To match previous collection efforts made by the Placerville Union School District, and address the needs of students in the El Dorado Union School District, the drive will need to collect enough school supplies and backpacks for at least 500 students (kindergarten through 12th).
The goal is to provide a backpack filled with necessary school supplies to each child in need before school begins in early August.
“We are very excited that they are willing and able to conduct this much-needed drive for our students. We know that our younger students and their families will greatly benefit from the needed supplies. In addition, the Hands4Hope older youth volunteers will benefit from seeing their hard work and collection efforts be passed on to students at the culminating distribution event in August. It’s truly a win-win for all involved,” Turrentine said.
Hands4Hope’s will be placing community donation bins throughout El Dorado Hills. Drop donations in the bins through Aug. 3: Starbucks (2215 Francisco Drive), Starbucks (4311 Town Center Blvd.), All El Dorado Hills Fire Stations, St. Stephens Church (Olsen Lane), Lakehills Church (Rossmore Lane), El Dorado Hills Library (Silva Valley Parkway), Zia’s (Town Center), El Dorado Hills Community Service District (El Dorado Hills Boulevard and Harvard Way Rockin Frog Yogurt (2201 Francisco Drive) and The Gift of Kids (5130 Golden Foothills Pkwy.).
In addition, Hands4Hope will host a neighborhood blitz on July 26 in the El Dorado Hills communities of Blackstone, Promontory and Four Seasons. Each of these neighborhoods will receive fliers with the information.
Hands4Hope – Youth Making A Difference is a nonprofit based in El Dorado County, serving El Dorado and Sacramento counties, that empowers youth in kindergarten through 12th grade to make a positive difference in the world around them through exploration, action and leadership. For more information on Hands4Hope or the school supply drive call (916) 919-5695 or visit hands4hopeyouth.org.