Friday, August 16, 2013 — United Way of Stanly County, part of the leading dropout prevention network in North Carolina dedicated to empowering students to stay in school and achieve in life, is proud to announce participation in a statewide partnership with Walmart to collect school supplies for economically-disadvantaged students in North Carolina.
Now in its third year, the 2013 “Build A Backpack” back-to-school supply drive is the largest school supply drive ever conducted by Walmart in North Carolina, involving 144 Walmart stores across the state. CISNC has identified nearly 80 counties that will benefit from the “Build A Backpack” program. To expand its reach across the state, CISNC has also partnered with other trusted nonprofits, including the United Way of North Carolina, to assist CISNC in counties where there are Walmart stores but not a local CISNC affiliate.
The campaign, which will launch July 20 and run until August 31, 2013, will have bins available in all Walmart stores to collect donated school supply items. The items will be distributed to local Communities In Schools affiliates or other designated partners, and will then be distributed to public school students in need.
The value of donated items, purchased by Walmart shoppers for “Build A Backpack,” more than doubled from $162,850.71 in 2011 to $356,931.08 in 2012. Likewise, 1,345 volunteers helped with the distribution of supplies in 2012, compared to 584 last year in 2011—a 130 percent improvement. Finally, 62,494 students in 889 schools and other sites were the recipients of these supplies in 2012, as compared to 37,378 students in 526 sites in 2011. Elementary, middle and high school students across North Carolina received these school supplies that are so essential for the start of the new school year. The goal of the 2013 campaign is to double the results from 2012.
“We could not be more thrilled with the success of the ‘Build a Backpack’ supply drive each year it has been conducted,” said Ronny Hayes, Regional Vice President of Walmart and CISNC Board Member. “It is our hope that the success of this campaign here in North Carolina, with the invaluable help of Communities In Schools, will ensure that the neediest students be the recipients of the collected items and continue to serve as a model across the country and amount to even greater accomplishments this coming summer.”
Signage promoting “Build A Backpack” will appear throughout all Walmart stores in North Carolina.
“With a presence in 44 counties across North Carolina, Communities In Schools touches North Carolina’s neediest children,” said Eric Hall, President and CEO of CISNC. “In fact, 92 percent of the students that CIS serves are economically disadvantaged. We thank Walmart for its commitment to serve those most in need by launching such a massive and promising school supply campaign. A small investment today in ‘Build A Backpack’ will pay a big dividend in the lives of students who need the essential tools that support their success in school.”
“We encourage the community to get involved and drop a donation in the bins at our local Wal-Mart stores. The donation of a few pencils or a pack of paper is an easy way to ensure a child a bright and successful start to the school year,” said Christy Bogle, Executive Director of United Way of Stanly County.
About the United Way of Stanly County
United Way of Stanly County is an independent, locally operated nonprofit agency. The organization is a partnership of volunteers, donors, staff, agencies and people served, that raises and distributes funds for Stanly County’s most critical health and human service needs.
A local board of directors made up of volunteers governs United Way of Stanly County. These volunteers, along with others, plan and organize the annual fundraising campaign, and determine how the United Way of Stanly County’s dollars should be distributed to its 14 member agencies. For more information visit: www.unitedwaystanly.org .
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About Communities In Schools of North Carolina
Communities In Schools of North Carolina is part of the national CIS group, the nation’s leading dropout prevention organization, and the only one proven to both decrease dropout rates and increase on-time graduation. During the 2011-2012 school year, the CIS network in North Carolina worked with more than 180,000 youth and their families across the state, empowering 99 percent of its high school students to remain in school. For more information, please visit www.cisnc.org or call 1-800-849-8881.
About the United Way of North Carolina
United Way of North Carolina is a statewide membership organization supporting 58 local United Ways in our state with technical expertise, training, board and staff development, advocacy and NC 211. Together, United Ways in North Carolina are transforming communities by focusing on education, financial stability and health. Spearheaded by United Way of North Carolina, NC211 is connecting people all across North Carolina with a network of services and hope when it is needed most. Dial 211 or search online at http://www.nc211.org. Help starts here. Learn more at http://www.unitedwaync.org.