August is Back-to-School Month

2nd Vote is celebrating August as “Back-to-School Month,” and today we are kicking off a month of education-focused information.

As your family approaches the coming school year, we understand the stress of budgeting for your children’s supplies. We also recognize that many families do not have the available resources to provide the tools and materials that will help their children thrive during the upcoming school year.

2nd Vote is encouraging our members to consider making a donation to The Salvation Army to support their back-to-school events and distributions for families in need of a helping hand. From collecting supplies from local donors and partnering businesses, to stuffing backpacks and coordinating events, The Salvation Army relies on the hearts and hands of supporters and volunteers to make these events possible. A $25 donation to The Salvation Army helps give a child in need of clothing and school supplies. Salvation Army centers also welcome donations of extra supplies that you pick up when you shop for your family this month.

The following companies also have donation programs to provide an opportunity to ensure deserving students receive school supplies in time to head back to school.

Staples runs the 2nd Annual National Do Something 101 School Supply Drive. The Do Something 101 campaign encourages teens to collect school supplies and drop them off at their nearest Staples store, from July 5 through September 19.

For every select school supply you buy for back-to-school at Target, Target will give another to the Kids In Need Foundation. Target is also a corporate sponsor of The Salvation Army.

Lastly, Office Depot will award your school 5% of qualifying purchases in merchandise credit which can be used towards free supplies. To find out your school’s ID number, just visit your local Office Depot store.

2nd Vote Scores:
The Salvation Army – 3.5
Target – 1.8
Office Depot – 1.7
Staples – 2