New York Cares Volunteers Fill Backpacks With Back To School Supplies Goodies In Support Of Local Community In Harlem

August 10, 2022

On Wednesday, August 10, 2022, New York Cares, in partnership with the Salvation Army Greater New York Division

Hosted a back-to-school event where 160 volunteers filled nearly 8,000 backpacks with essential school supplies to help prepare New York City public school students for the upcoming school year at The Salvation ArmyHarlem Temple Corps Community Center in Harlem.

 Sapreet K. Saluja, Executive Director at New York Cares and Jennifer Groff, Corporate & Community Engagement Director, Salvation Army Greater New York Division spoke about the impact of this initiative on the local community.

Volunteers stuffed backpacks with supplies that will be useful to families and students as they prepare for the new school year.

All backpacks will include scissors, markers, pencils, glue sticks, folders, crayons, erasers, and other school supply items.

The assembled backpacks will be delivered to schools and community partners in-need across Manhattan, Brooklyn, Queens, and the Bronx.

This volunteer program kicks off New York Cares’ third annual Stand with Students campaign, an initiative that highlights the organization’s support of New York City students and schools during the 2022-2023 academic year. 

Programs supported by donations to Stand with Students include academic tutoring sessions, school revitalization projects, and book distributions.

The fundraising efforts will focus on areas disproportionately affected by food insecurity and financial hardship, as well as the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, in neighborhoods such as Central Queens, East Brooklyn, and the South Bronx.

This year’s campaign goal is $700,000.

New York Cares manages hundreds of year-round projects in elementary schools, assisting students with homework, math, reading and fitness goals.

In 2021, New York Cares served 45,000 children through in-person and virtual programs, distributed 10,000 coats to NYC Community Schools and 15,000 backpacks to students.

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Photo credit: 1) Volunteers. 2) Sapreet K. Salija, Executive Director New York Cares (L) and Jennifer Groff, Corporate & Community Engagement Director, Salvation Army Greater New York Division. New York Cares.

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