CUMAC's Annual School Supply Drive
Every summer CUMAC collects and distributes backpacks and school supplies to local children in need just in time for the new school year. With your support, donations allow us to reach hundreds of students in our community. Want to help? During the months of July and August, groups and individuals can drop off school supply donations for CUMAC during regular business hours. Our staff provides a list of school items to ensure that students get exactly what they need to start the school year right. Make a donation or help spread the word about this year's collection online and in person.
This year we’re asking supporters to please keep students in every grade level in mind. Along with distributing supplies at our building this year, CUMAC is partnering with two local schools to reach more middle school and high school students, a population that is often under served. CUMAC serves kids of all ages, but we are often short on supplies suitable for middle school and high school students. By donating supplies for different ages groups, you can ensure that we're able to serve all who come our way, regardless of their grade level.
CUMAC also works with Paterson Public Schools to help support displaced, homeless and unaccompanied youth to expand our reach and to ensure that students are receiving all the supplies they need. Because of this we are also asking for donations of toiletry items, which we will pack into backpacks with the rest of the school items. Your support can make a big difference.
How You Can Help
Each individual, family or group who wishes to participate should reference our school supply drive list when purchasing items. These supplies are our most-needed items. New backpacks and supplies only, please.
Donations of school supplies can be dropped off at CUMAC during regular business hours. Pick-ups from a CUMAC driver can also be requested, but are subject to availability. See our hours of operation for more information.
*School supplies must be delivered to CUMAC by Thursday, August 31.
Questions about the drive? Call (973-742-5518) or e-mail (firstname.lastname@example.org) our office.
Our Most-Needed Items:
- #2 pencils
- pencil sharpeners
- blue/black pens
- loose leaf paper (wide & college ruled)
- scissors (safety & sharp)
- spiral notebooks (wide & college ruled)
- construction paper
- book bags
- coloring books
- drawing pad
- pencil cases
- washable markers
- 3 ring binders
- index cards
- facial tissue
- hand sanitizer
- assignment books
- composition notebooks
- subject dividers
- colored pencils
- graph paper
- USB flash drives
- white out
- pocket dictionaries/ thesauruses
- TI-34 calculators/TI-84 calculators
- weekly planners
In partnership with Paterson Public Schools, CUMAC will also be collecting hygiene products for our city's displaced, homeless, and unaccompanied youth. In addition to school supplies, these children are in need of toiletry items as well. Please consider supplementing your backpack with these items.
Thank you for making the school supply drive possible.
Stay tuned for important updates around the drive!