With back-to-school upon us, we are reminded that not all children will have the supplies they need to be successful throughout the school year, and not all classrooms will have the materials they need to help a child be successful. Giving back to the community is something that SOLE prides itself on, and we’re here to challenge you to do the same. With your SOLE Paycard, you can donate money online by using your paycard number!
If you can donate a dollar, a gently used backpack, or your time – please do! You could significantly impact a child’s future. Check out our top five ways to help teachers and students in your community:
DonorsChoose.org: Pick a project that you would like to help fund! Each project listed on DonorsChoose.org has been vetted by a team to ensure authenticity. Once a project is fully funded, a team purchases all the requested items and ships them directly to the school. DonorsChoose.org has raised over $716 million since 2000.
KINF.org: Kids in Need Foundation provides free school supplies nationally to students in need, and they do so by your donations! KINF has Resource Centers around the United States where teachers can pick up free supplies for the upcoming school year. KINF has distributed one billion dollars in supplies over the last twenty-three years.
AdoptAClassroom.org: Currently, teachers purchase 60% of all classroom supplies out of their own pockets! Adopt A Classroom aims to significantly lower that percentage by providing supplies to teachers across the nation. Choose a campaign like the highest-need fund, new teacher fund, or inclusive classroom fund, and donate what you can to help the campaign succeed.
ClassWish.org: ClassWish is a unique organization because it lets you choose exactly what school you’d like to donate to. Whether you’re helping out your children’s school or your niece’s school across the country, your contribution will help a child be successful in the classroom.
Call your local school district to find out if there is a school supply drive where you can volunteer. Additionally, if you Google “[city, state] + school supply drive” you’ll likely find many different opportunities to volunteer in your own community.