Volunteer to help fill and/or distribute backpacks!
Back to School Supply Drive August 4-7, 2017
If you are interested in volunteering to help fill and/or distribute backpacks to other JCFS offices on these dates, please sign up here.
Three hundred young clients of JCFS, a Chicago-based, non-sectarian, social service agency received a backpack full of new school supplies, filled according to grade level. Clients sit down with their social workers and think about what kind of backpack they prefer—pink, blue, red or any other preference that will spark a smile. Volunteers match donations with the child’s preferences. This kind of control over what they receive is a source of pride for not only the child, but for the parents who so rarely can fill their children’s needs let alone their wishes. “I received a voicemail from a single mother of five children stating what a positive impact this had created for her children—to be able to feel prepared for the first day of school,” explained a clinician from Jewish Child & Family Service. It is the hope of the agency that this pride over a backpack will trickle into schoolwork, extra-curricular activities and attitude, creating not only a tangible benefit, but an emotional one as well.
Every child who receives school supplies through this program is served by one or more of JCFS’s programs including foster care, counseling, respite—in-home services provided for special needs children and their siblings—the Therapeutic Day School, which caters to students with emotional and behavioral disorders. The children and families served by these programs are from a multitude of racial, ethnic and religious backgrounds
Filling hundreds of requests for school supplies is not an easy task. It is only with the generous support of the community and organizations, that JCFS can meet it’s mission of redefining what is possible for our most vulnerable students.