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Since 2010, the impact of community giving on the Collect of Kids program has been far-reaching:

  • In 2016, a record 36,848 Fairfax County Public Schools (FCPS) students received school supplies and/or backpacks.
  • The number of students served has increased by 128% since 2011.
  • The 2016 campaign increased its reach by 10% more students from the previous year.
  • The value of the backpacks, school supplies, and in-kind contributions from partners and donors is more than $1,000,000 since the program was created in 2010.
  • The value of the hours devoted by volunteers and others to collect and distribute the school supplies is simply priceless.

 

Community donations of cash, backpacks, and calculators, helped 73% of the 50,000+ students in Fairfax County Public Schools who receive free and reduced meals.

Thank You to all of our donors and partner organizations!

Feel free to DONATE today!  Our campaign runs throughout the entire year.

The Office of Business and Community Partnerships and the Fairfax County Office of Public Private Partnerships (OP3)  have teamed to coordinate Collect for Kids – a countywide school supply drive initiative with aims to add efficiencies and reduce redundancies in current models.

In 2013-14 an anonymous donor discovered the Collect for Kids website and contacted FCPS Office of Communication and Community Outreach’s Office of Business and Community Partnerships who passed the donor to Sherry Noud in the Special Services (Homeless Liaison’s Office). Ultimately the donor gave $159,000 to the Collect for Kids effort for the 2013-14 and 2014-15 school years.

In 2013, Innolance Inc., a company that engages in web development partnered with FCPS to redo the Collect for Kids website (www.collectforkids.org). In the measured time-frame of 2013-14, along with their standard web support, Innolance did considerable  gratis effort for the Collect for Website, valued at $25,000. 

The entire effort, which involves representatives from 21 entities (not-for-profit, for-profit, and government), resulted in more than 34,159 students receiving backpacks and quality school supplies to start the 2015 school year prepared to learn and without some of the negative labels often associated with students who may not have the means to purchase school supplies.