Who Do We Help?
NCJWSTL partners with 60+ local social service agencies, churches, synagogues, and community service organizations that refer and register 2,000 qualifying children entering kindergarten through 5th grade to participate in the BTSS.
To participate in the BTSS, parents/students must be referred by a partner agency. The agencies select children whose school supply needs are not being met by other social service agencies; 100% of the BTSS families and children participating receive food assistance.
How Do We Help?
Participating children receive a brand-new backpack, school supplies, books, personal care items, a coat, hat & gloves and other essentials they need to start and attend school with confidence.
The brand-new items provided at the BTSS are either in-kind donations or purchased through the generosity of our donors, sponsors, and grantors.
NCJWSTL volunteers plan and implement the Back to School! Store ensuring that every child receives their back-to-school items whether through our traditional in-person store or through a Contactless Back to School Store! Delivery Event that was put in place in 2020 in response to the pandemic.
NCJWSTL provides community resources and information to families either through the Family Resource Room or the Family Resource Guide which is updated annually.
What Is Our Impact?
Since the first Back to School! Store in 2000, NCJWSTL’s BTSS has served more than 25,000 children in our community. By providing the essential supplies, NCJWSTL alleviates the financial burden families face as they prepare to send their children to school. The lack of supplies and personal items is a primary barrier to attending school; the BTSS addresses this barrier by providing required supplies. Additionally, the confidence boost from being prepared for school instills a joy of learning in students.
Do you remember how it felt to get your backpack ready for the first day of school? That joy and confidence is hard to forget, and that’s the feeling students walk away with from the Back to School! Store. Help continue the impact of the Back to School! Store by volunteering or donating today!
Back to School! Store grandparent
This year I found myself out-of-work and on the receiving end of your generosity, and I cannot tell you how much this means to my family. … I was truly worried about how we were going to provide coats for our grandchildren. Now you have taken that worry away.”
More about the Back to School! Store
To learn more about the Back to School! Store contact Renee Sigel-Hearst at email@example.com or call the office at 314.993.5181.
It takes a village of volunteers to plan and implement the Back to School! Store. Many volunteers are needed to help plan, set up, and work the day of the event to ensure that every child receives their supplies. While volunteer roles have changed and evolved, one thing is consistent—The BTSS store is the best volunteer experience of the year.
For more information on how to volunteer on the BTSS Committee or for the Back to School! Store event, please contact Renee Sigel-Hearst at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 314.993.5181.