United Way of Northern New Jersey is looking for volunteers and donations for the annual United Way Tools for School drive.
Getting kids ready to go back to school can cause strain for families that are living paycheck-to-paycheck. According to the National Retail Federation, families in the United States spent $98 on average when purchasing school supplies last year. Backpacks, notebooks, binders, paper and writing utensils can add up and some families simply can't afford the extra expense.
Items donated from this drive will benefit children of ALICE (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) families and families in poverty. Donations can be made online here or at one of the drop off locations listed below.
- Sussex County: Thursday, Aug. 30, from 9 to 11 a.m. at the United Way office in Newton.
- Warren County: Thursday, Aug. 16, from 9 a.m. to noon at Taylor Street School.
For more information or to volunteer to sort school supplies visit United Way's Tools for School web page.