U.S. Communities


Giving Back – Charity Activity provides 1,225 Backpacks to Deserving Students

Working Together to Make a Difference with Backpacks Filled With School Supplies for Students in Need

U.S. Communities, the leading national government and education purchasing cooperative, partnered with the Kids In Need Foundation to encourage philanthropy and raise awareness of the need to help children learn and succeed by providing free school supplies. During the 2018 Annual Planning Meeting with staff, national sponsors, supplier partners and Advisory Board members, the attendees packed school supplies for children in need so that they can succeed in the classroom. For the fifth consecutive year, this annual backpack charity event has filled the hearts of all who participated and will bring smiles to the students who receive backpacks.

“We are so appreciative of the generous donation from U.S. Communities,” said Dave Smith, executive director, The Kids In Need Foundation. “When students have the school supplies they need in the classroom, we know their confidence improves, classroom participation increases, and they are more likely to complete their homework. Through our partnership with U.S. Communities, we are ensuring that the recipients of these backpacks will have the tools they need to thrive.”

The backpacks filled with supplies will go to Prince William County Schools (PWCS) this year. PWCS is the 35th largest in the nation, including more than 89,000 students in 100 schools with approximately 37% of students qualifying for free and reduced lunch. 

Following dinner on the first day of the meeting, attendees assembled each backpack with everything from pencils and water bottles to pocket folders, rulers and hand sanitizer. Tony Crosby, Administrative Coordinator and U.S. Communities Advisory Board member, was honored to accept these backpacks on behalf of PWCS. “The students of Prince William County Public Schools are grateful to receive these backpacks. Having the opportunity to accept these backpacks on their behalf along with seeing the joy that these will bring to them is an enormous privilege.” As attendees filled 1,225 backpacks with school supplies, inspirational notes were written to each student letting them know they are receiving these backpacks because we care.                                                                                                 

“We are grateful to all who participated and we wouldn’t be able to put together this wonderful event without the support of our supplier partners and the U.S. Communities Foundation Board. We are proud to count them as part of the U.S. Communities family.” says Kevin Juhring, Executive Director of U.S. Communities. The 1,225 backpack donations were made possible by the generous donations from our Foundation Board (National Association of Counties, National Governors Association, Association of School Business Officials, The United States Conference of Mayors, and the National League of Cities) and our supplier partners including Acro Service Corporation, Advance Auto Parts, Alvarez & Marsal, Applied Industrial Technologies, BI, Inc., Cintas, Columbia, Experian, GameTime, Garland/DBS, Inc., Gopher, Graybar, Haworth, HD Supply Facilities Maintenance, Herc Rentals, Herman Miller, The Home Depot, Insight Public Sector, KOMPAN, KONE, Kronos, Ricoh, SupplyWorks, TAPCO, Tradition Energy, UNICOM Government, and Virco.

About U.S. Communities
U.S. Communities is the leading national government and education purchasing cooperative, providing world-class government procurement resources and solutions to local and state government agencies, school districts (K-12), higher education institutions and nonprofits in search of the best overall supplier pricing. The three-day 2018 U.S. Communities Annual Meeting united the U.S. Communities team with their participants and suppliers to collectively chart a continued course for success, strengthen relationships and partnerships, and help realize the organization’s fullest potential. 

About Kids In Need Foundation
The Kids In Need Foundation’s mission is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed in the classroom by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. The Kids In Need Foundation, a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1995, has distributed more than $900 million in school supplies, directly benefiting 5.4 million students and nearly 200,000 teachers annually. For more information, visit KINF.org, and join us on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram: @KidsInNeed