05062014 ED Goes Back to School 15, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from US Department of Education’s photostream

If you’re a kid, it’s tough enough to face the end of summer vacation without the very real worry of not having enough money in the family budget to purchase school supplies, or a backpack, or even for a warm winter coat that fits. The National Council of Jewish Women (NCJW) Pittsburgh Section is joining five other NCJW sections to launch their new “Back 2 School Store” (B2SS). The project is a means to help underprivileged children begin the school year on an equal footing with their peers. Approximately 200 elementary school students from pre-qualified families will be given the opportunity to shop for brand new clothing, shoes, outerwear, and school supplies at no cost!


244.365 – September 1, 2010, a Creative Commons Attribution (2.0) image from Morgan’s photostream

The program also helps the parents as they visit the Resource Room to connect with local organizations and agencies for assistance with health care, parenting, financial literacy, career development, and other social services while their children select their items with a volunteer personal shopper in the B2SS. The B2SS will take place on August 11th and 12th.

But, they can’t help to set up these student for success without your help!

They have put out a call for volunteers for the Back 2 School Store. Volunteers must be 16 or older and attend one of the following trainings:

Monday, July 27th, 8:00 AM to 9:30 AM
Thursday, August 6th, 7:00 PM to 8:30 PM

Please click here to learn more about the program and here to register to volunteer.

Can’t volunteer? They are also accepting donations of cash and goods. ($180 sponsors one child at the B2SS, but any amount is gratefully accepted.)