Riley Peick, Hands4Hope college intern, along with Hands4Hope youth volunteers collect school supplies outside of Office Max in Placerville. This was one of many outreaches Hansd4Hope hosted during its first School Supply Drive to collect school supplies for students in El Dorado County. Courtesy photo

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Hands4Hope helps students

By From page A9 | September 03, 2014

This summer Hands4Hope held its first School Supply Drive to benefit children in need in El Dorado County. In the weeks leading up to the start of the 2014-15 school year, Hands4Hope youth and adult volunteers, led by college intern Riley Peick, collaborated with multiple local businesses, organizations and residents to collect backpacks and school supplies. Supplies were then distributed to more than 400 students during two events, one for students in grades kindergarten through eighth and one for students in grades ninth through 12th.

Placerville Union School District Family Resource Director Tara Turrentine reached out to Hands4Hope for assistance with collecting school supplies to help support the growing need in El Dorado County, Placerville in particular. Turrentine and her associate Julia have run the “Stuff the Bus” Drive for six years and have effectively helped more than 1,000 families. However, the need has grown to a point where Turrentine felt it might be time to hand this project off to a larger organization. She chose Hands4Hope because the organization has been instrumental in providing needed items for students in the past.

Hands4Hope volunteers and staff know how crucial it is that students are well prepared and confident when they begin the school year, so they readily agreed to take on the project. Led by a committee of five young volunteers committed to this cause, another 111 volunteers were put into action, handling the marketing of the drive, and collection and distribution of the supplies. In all, youth and adult volunteers worked more than 130 hours to plan and implement the school supply drive.

“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,” Turrentine said.

Hands4Hope proudly reports that more than 400 students were provided with new backpacks filled with necessary school supplies. With generous donations from businesses and community members alike, Hands4Hope received an estimated total of $29,517 worth of school supplies, including more than 500 backpacks. In addition, Hands4Hope received $1,557 in cash and gift card donations.

Hands4Hope Youth Development Coordinator Nicole Craine expressed her gratitude for the generosity shown by the community. “We are grateful for the incredible support from local businesses and residents,” she said. “Together we have most certainly made a contribution to the well-being of the children who have benefited.”

Hands4Hope would like to acknowledge the local businesses and agencies that supported the school supply drive::  Blue Shield of California, California Welcome Center, Community Service District, DST, El Dorado County Sheriff’s Department, El Dorado Disposal, El Dorado Hills Fire Department, El Dorado Hills Library, Hangtown Skate Shop, Holy Trinity Parish, Lakehills Church, Office Max (Placerville), Rock’n Frogs, Rolling Hills Church, Round Table Pizza (El Dorado Hills Town Center) Royal Tattoo VI, Sam’s Club (Folsom), St. Stephens Church, Starbucks (Francisco), Starbucks (El Dorado Hills Town Center), The Gift of Kids, US Bank (White Rock Road), Ethos Soccer Club and Zia’s.

Also, a huge thank you goes to the Placerville Union School District and the El Dorado County Office of Education for allowing Hands4Hope to utilize space at Schnell School and EDCOE to distribute the donated school supplies to students in need. Without the support of local residents, and these business and agencies, 400 El Dorado County students would not have been well prepared for their first day of school.

Hands4Hope is already making plans for its second annual School Supply Drive. If you are interested in participating in this resource collection and distribution effort contact Nicole Craine at [email protected].

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 call (916) 294-7426 or visit

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