Hands4Hope is excited to kick off its first School Supply Drive to benefit children in need in El Dorado County. 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 conduct a school supply drive to benefit students in need in grades kindergarten-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 grades ninth-12th.
“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,” explained Tara Turrentine, director of Family Resource Center Placerville Union School District.
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 to serve at least 500 students (kindergarten-12th).
The goal is to provide a backpack filled with necessary school supplies to each child in need before school begins in early August 2014.
“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,” said Turrentine.
Hands4Hope will be placing community donation bins throughout the area. The bins will be available through Aug. 3 at the following El Dorado Hills businesses and/or agencies: Starbucks, 2215 Francisco Drive; Starbucks, 4311 Town Center Blvd.; all El Dorado Hills fire stations; St. Stephens Church, Olsen Lane; Lakehills Church, Rossmore Lane; the El Dorado County Library, Silva Valley Parkway; Zia’s, Town Center; Community Service District, Harvard Way; Rock ’n’ Frogs, 2201 Francisco Drive; and The Gift of Kids, 5130 Golden Foothills Parkway.
Hands4Hope will be hosting a neighborhood blitz on Saturday, July 26 throughout El Dorado Hills based neighborhoods in the 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.