United Way of Southeast Louisiana – in partnership with WDSU, Walmart, Home Bank and Glago Law Firm – is excited to announce the return of the WDSU Class Act Backpack Project, aimed at helping children in financially struggling families get a good start to the upcoming school year.
On Thursday, August 10, at 9 a.m., families in need are invited to pick up backpacks with supplies at UWSELA’s main office at 2515 Canal Street, New Orleans – while supplies last.
On-site volunteers will assist in the pick-up process. Each parent or guardian collecting a backpack must provide the child’s grade and school of attendance along with a SNAP card or Social Security benefits letter. Backpacks will be available in two options: K-8 or high school.
Projects like WDSU’s Class Act align with United Way of Southeast Louisiana’s goal of eradicating poverty and ensure that all families have the educational and financial assets to create a better future.
“The cost of school supplies and fees rises each year, leaving a growing burden on those in poverty and ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) families,” said Michael Williamson, UWSELA president and CEO. “Thanks to the event sponsors and volunteers, we are able to provide the supplies that help families and children start the school year with one less financial worry on their minds.”
In conjunction with the project, Home Bank is collecting school supplies at its local branches through August 25. The supplies will be donated to families in need in Southeast Louisiana.
Last year, WDSU Class Act sponsors and partners graciously donated 800 backpacks and accompanying supplies for the event.