United Way of Greater Lorain County Distributes School Supplies to Lorain County Schools – Morning Journal


United Way of Greater Lorain County wrapped up its annual Fill the Bus school supplies campaign and distributed nearly 30,000 school supplies to 11 Lorain County schools, according to a news release.

United Way partners directly with school districts to ensure children have supplies waiting for them when needed and to help prevent teachers from purchasing supplies themselves, according to the statement.

A total of 47 companies held fundraising campaigns, an increase of 52% over last year’s participation, according to the statement.

Local businesses that have hosted collections include FirstEnergy, Lubrizol Corporation, The Nord Center, and Lorain Public Library System.

“I am beyond thrilled with the turnout from companies this year who wanted to support this initiative,” Colleen Walts, director of marketing and engagement at United Way of Greater Lorain County, said in the release. “It’s refreshing to see businesses helping the local community and employees who give so generously to help our schoolchildren.”

In addition to corporate supply campaigns, volunteers donated their time to the cause, according to the statement.

Fill the Bus volunteers helped collect, sort, pack and deliver the items while acting as the backbone of the program, the statement said.

“Volunteers are truly what make the Fill the Bus program possible,” Norma Sanchez, volunteer engagement manager for United Way of Greater Lorain County, said in the statement. “This year, we have counted over 107 total volunteer hours for the program alone, which is incredible.”

This year’s campaign surpassed last year’s numbers, when United Way received more than 22,000 items, distributed to 12 local school districts and 31 businesses were holding drives, according to the release.

“We firmly believe that all children deserve the right tools to set them up for success,” Ryan Aroney, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Lorain County, said in the statement. “I am glad our community has supported us, and we are able to help so many local children start the school year with essential school supplies.”

The school supply drive is part of the United Way of Greater Lorain County’s year-round Collect.Sort.Deliver Impact initiative, through which volunteers collect and inventory much-needed items such as school supplies, books, tampons and sanitary napkins.

To learn more about the Collect.Sort.Deliver Impact initiative, contact Sánchez at 440-277-6530 or norma.sanchez@uwloraincounty.org.

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