U.S. Communities, the leading national government and education purchasing cooperative, partnered with the Kids In Need Foundation to encourage philanthropy by raising awareness for underprivileged students during its 2017 Annual Planning Meeting with staff, national sponsors, supplier partners and Advisory Board members. For the fourth 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.
This year’s recipient, Denver Public Schools, was overwhelmed and grateful for the gifts for their students. Denver Public Schools is comprised of more than 200 schools, including traditional, magnet, charter and pathways schools, with a current enrollment of more than 91,000 students with 69% 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. As attendees filled 1,125 backpacks with school supplies, inspirational notes were written to each student letting them know they are receiving these backpacks because we care. Erik Johnson, Executive Director of Finance, was honored to accept these backpacks on behalf of Denver Public Schools. “The students of Denver Public Schools are grateful to receive these backpacks. These supplies will help them to focus on their education without having to worry about if they have the tools they need for school. Having the opportunity to accept these backpacks on their behalf along with the seeing the joy that these will bring to them is an enormous privilege.
“We are grateful to all who participated and for the opportunity to give back in a way that will make a difference in a child’s life. 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. Their generosity showed a lot of heart, and we are proud to count them as part of the U.S. Communities family.” says Kevin Juhring, Executive Director of U.S. Communities.
The 1,125 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, Cintas, GAMETIME, Garland/DBS Inc, Haworth, HD Supply Facilities Maintenance, Herc Rentals, Herman Miller, Insight, Knoll, KOMPAN, KONE, Kronos, Rehrig Pacific Company, Ricoh, Safeware-Mallory, SupplyWorks, The Home Depot, 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 institutes and nonprofits in search of the best overall supplier pricing. The three-day 2017 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 by providing free school supplies nationally to students most in need. The Kids In Need Foundation has distributed almost $900 million in school supplies since its founding, directly benefiting 5.4 million students and more than 170,000 teachers annually. They are a national 501(c)(3) charitable organization founded in 1995.