JFS OF METROWEST PACKS AND DONATES BACKPACKS FOR
CHILDREN IN THE METROWEST AREA
Framingham, MA – 6/21/2016 – Jewish Family Service (JFS) of Metrowest is hosting a Build-a-Backpack event at the Wellesley Public Library on Monday, August 22nd and at the Framingham Public Library on Tuesday, August 23rd. With summer flying by, it’s time to start getting ready for the 2016-2017 school year by lending a helping hand to children in the Metrowest area.
This is the fifth consecutive year of the Build-a-Backpack event, where the goal is to give away 330 backpacks full of school supplies to families in our community who need it most. Every year, JFS collects school supplies for children ages 5-10 years through corporate donations and local supply drives. Past donors include organizations such as, Kronos Inc., On Process Technology, Christmas Tree Shops, Horizon Technology, Framingham Public Library, Staples, Trader Joe’s and Wegmans.
Volunteers (often families with young children) are asked to bring new backpacks to the event where they stuff them full of school supplies, choosing who the backpack will go to, i.e. 2nd grade girl, 4th grade boy, etc. Then JFS distributes the filled backpacks to the Woodrow Wilson Elementary School in Framingham as well as the parent information center for the Framingham Public Schools.
“Build-a-Backpack is a wonderful event that brings families together and gives kids the chance to learn how they can help support their community” says JFS Manager of Youth, Immigrant and Volunteer Services, Sarah Roth. This backpack event is a part of one of JFS’s larger initiative called Reducing Achievement Gaps, which is a comprehensive system of interventions to address the academic and social needs of low-income children of immigrant families in Framingham.
“JFS Reducing Achievement Gaps programs work to give children the tools they need to succeed in school and in life. Backpacks and school supplies can help a child feel more confident at school and prepared to tackle homework at home,” states Roth. “This event is a chance for children to become involved in philanthropy and possibly even build a backpack for the student sitting next to them in math class. JFS is finishing off the summer with a feel good project that makes a difference in people’s lives.”
This event is free and open to the public, but registration is required to ensure an adequate stock of supplies. More details, including registration information will be distributed in August. To learn more about JFS and the Reducing Achievement Gaps program, please visit www.jfsmw.org.
About JFS of Metrowest
JFS is a nonprofit, community-based organization dedicated to standing up for those left behind and provides services to over 5,000 people in need within the Metrowest and Greater Boston regions each year, including afterschool academic support for low income children, nutrition and basic family assistance for struggling families, citizenship and immigrant programs and geriatric care management and other support services that enable frail older adults to live independently. JFS’ sound fiscal management practices have earned it a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest independent charity evaluator. To learn more about JFS, visit www.jfsmw.org.
JFS of Metrowest
Kayla Hopkins, Volunteer Coordinator
- Download the 2016 press release (PDF)
- 2016 Backpack flyer (PDF)
- Build-a-Backpack 2015 – 200 Backpacks Given to Students In Need
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