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Sunday, July 19, 2020

Hockomock Area YMCA Invites Businesses and Individuals to Pitch in and Support the Y’s 5th Annual Backpack Drive

Operation Backpack is now underway and seeks the support of local businesses and individuals. The Hockomock Area YMCA donated 2,000 backpacks last year and aims to put 2,500 fully stuffed backpacks into the hands of children for the coming school season. We are eager to help send children confidently back to school this fall.

A dedicated association of staff, volunteers, donors, partners and community members, the Y commits itself to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families, and communities. Convening donors and volunteers to improve the back to school season for local families reflects what the Hockomock Area YMCA stands for. The Backpack Drive is a collaborative effort made possible by the YMCA staff, program participants, partners and neighbors to provide kids the confidence that comes when boys and girls are able to go to school prepared.

New supplies and backpacks are requested now through August 14th. To aid families facing financial hardships, the goal is to provide 2,500 fully stocked backpacks to students residing in each of the 15 towns served by the Hockomock Y. Community members who would like to sponsor the Backpack Drive are asked to contact Katie Moore at 508-643-5265 or katiem@hockymca.org. Sponsorship levels range from $1,000–which will provide 20 backpacks to students in need–through Presenting Sponsor, which is a giving level ensuring that 200 children will receive needed supplies. Be sure to inquire about all sponsorship levels by contacting the Y today.

In addition to backpacks and monetary donations, the Y is requesting the following supplies: pencils and colored pencils, highlighters, washable markers, rulers, crayons, glue sticks, spiral notebooks, scissors and hand sanitizer.

A donation of $50 will cover the cost of a fully stocked backpack. Please text HOCKYMCA to 56651 or visit hockymca.org/give to complete a secure monetary donation.

Anyone who wishes to provide school supplies in a contactless fashion is encouraged to visit Amazon, where a wish list is in place to offer easy purchasing and direct delivery to the Y; please visit: bit.ly/ybackpack.

Thank you for your support. Donation bins are located at all Hockomock Area YMCA facilities:

  • Invensys Foxboro Branch, 67 Mechanic Street, Foxborough 508-543-2523; 
  • Bernon Family Branch, 45 Forge Hill Road, Franklin 508-528-8708; 
  • Mansfield Arts & Education Center, 40 Balcom Street, Mansfield 508-964-2088; 
  • North Attleboro Branch, 300 Elmwood Street, North Attleboro 508-695-7001.


Please contact Brandi Jacobs at 774-235-2753 or brandij@hockymca.org should you or someone you know need a backpack. Details are available at: hockymca.org/backpack-drive/.


About Hockomock Area YMCA:
Where Cause Meets Community. At the Hockomock Area YMCA, strengthening community is our cause. The Hockomock Area YMCA is an organization of men, women, and children sharing a commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living, and foster a sense of social responsibility.

Our YMCA is committed to partnering and collaborating with others to create and deliver lasting personal and social change in the 15 communities we are privileged to serve. The Hockomock Area YMCA is a not-for-profit charitable cause-driven organization with facilities in North Attleboro, Foxboro, Franklin, and Mansfield. For more information, visit hockymca.org.

Hockomock Area YMCA Invites Businesses and Individuals to Pitch in and Support the Y’s 5th Annual Backpack Drive
Hockomock Area YMCA Invites Businesses and Individuals to Pitch in and Support the Y’s 5th Annual Backpack Drive

Monday, July 15, 2019

St. Mary’s St. Vincent de Paul 25th Annual Backpack Collection

The St. Mary's Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is excited to announce its 25th annual collection of back-to-school supplies to help children prepare for a wonderful school year. 

If you would like to participate, please buy a school backpack, and fill it with back to school supplies. Please label the backpack either Grades K-3, Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8, or Grades 9-12. 

The backpacks should not be specific for either a boy or a girl. The backpacks may be dropped by the food boxes near the prayer wall on the weekend of August 17/18 and on Monday, (August 19th) until noon. 

Backpacks will be available for pick-up on August 19, 20 and 21 from 9 to 4. We will also have them available for pick-up on Tuesday, August 20th from 5 -7. We are also hoping to have enough backpacks to offer them to families living in area shelters. 

Last year, 162 children and teens benefited from your generosity. It is so important for children and youth to see the goodness in the world. If you are needing a backpack. please call us at 508-918-2291 to have your name put on our distribution list.

Suggestions for supplies may be found on our website. Lists are also available at the front doors of the church. Thank you in advance for your participation in this year’s drive!

St. Mary’s St. Vincent de Paul 25th Annual Backpack Collection
St. Mary’s St. Vincent de Paul
25th Annual Backpack Collection
 

Tuesday, June 11, 2019

To Improve the Back to School Season, the Hockomock Area YMCA Is Inviting All Our Neighbors to Support the Y’s 4th Annual Backpack Drive

Operation Backpack is now underway and needs support from businesses as well as individuals in order to secure 1,000 fully stuffed backpacks, which is the goal that the YMCA aims for—so that area families who cannot afford supplies can send their children confidently back to school this fall.

A dedicated association of staff, volunteers, donors, partners and community members, the Hockomock Area YMCA commits itself to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families, and communities. Convening donors and volunteers to improve the back to school season for local families reflects what the Hockomock Area YMCA stands for. 

“The Backpack Drive is a collaborative effort made possible by the YMCA staff, program participants, partners and neighbors to provide kids the confidence that comes when boys and girls are able to go to school prepared,” says Mary Clermont, Chair of the Board of Directors.

From June 1 through July 31, 2019, supplies and backpacks are requested. Our goal this year is to provide 1,000 fully stocked backpacks to families within each of the 15 towns served by the Hockomock Area YMCA. Community members who would like to sponsor the Backpack Drive are asked to please contact Katie Moore, Director of Philanthropy for the Hockomock Area YMCA, at 508-643-5265 or katiem@hockymca.org
Operation Backpack is now underway
Operation Backpack is
now underway

Sponsorship levels range from $1,000 – which will provide 20 fully stocked backpacks to students in need – through Presenting Sponsor, which is a $25,000 sponsorship level significant in that it allows Operation Backpack to provide 200 fully stocked backpacks to students in need. There are three intermediate sponsorship levels, as well, and each offers recognition in promotional materials and more.

YMCA members and community participants will have the chance to celebrate Christmas in July, which will run in our lobbies July 1-July 31. Trees will be decorated with ornaments specifying supplies that are needed and how to make donations right at the Y.

“At the Y, we believe everyone deserves opportunities, and I cannot think of a greater initiative at this time of year. The return on your investment is unquestionably great,” says Clermont. In addition to backpacks and monetary donations, supplies that you can donate include: colored pencils, crayons, folders, glue sticks, highlighters, loose leaf paper, pencils, pens, rulers, scissors, spiral notebooks, and washable markers. There is an Amazon wish list in place as an option (hhttps://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/24XPQ0V0PTU30?ref=cm_sw_em_r_wl_dp_2toGKelysPE9Y). 

Questions, please contact your local YMCA: Invensys Foxboro Branch, 67 Mechanic Street, Foxborough 508-543-2523; Bernon Family Branch, 45 Forge Hill Road, Franklin 508-528-8708; North Attleboro Branch, 300 Elmwood Street, North Attleboro 508-695-7001 or email Brandi Jacobs at brandij@hockymca.org.

Do you need a backpack, or does somebody you know need one? Please contact Brandi Jacobs at 774-235-2753 or brandij@hockymca.org to request one using the form available at hockymca.org/backpack-drive/.


About Hockomock Area YMCA:
Where Cause Meets Community. At the Hockomock Area YMCA, strengthening community is our cause. The Hockomock Area YMCA is an organization of men, women, and children sharing a commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living, and foster a sense of social responsibility.

Our YMCA is committed to partnering and collaborating with others to create and deliver lasting personal and social change in the 15 communities we are privileged to serve. The Hockomock Area YMCA is a not-for-profit charitable cause-driven organization with facilities in North Attleboro, Foxboro, Franklin, and Mansfield. For more information, visit hockymca.org.

Saturday, September 15, 2018

Franklin Food Pantry: Why our backpacks have no books





 


Newsletter
September 2018
Why our backpacks have no books  

Relieving hunger. Nourishing lives.


Dear Friends, 

This year, an extra special backpack will be going home with some  
Why our backpacks have no booksFranklin elementary school students every Friday. It contains no books, no homework, no pencils. Yet, it may impact their ability to learn like never before.

The backpacks will be filled with child-friendly foods for kids in need. With no access to school-provided meals on the weekends, some families struggle to provide enough food for their kids. The food will help fill the weekend hunger gap experienced by some children in our community.

The Weekend Backpack Program is a partnership between Franklin Public Schools and the Franklin Food Pantry. The official roll out is underway this month to all elementary and ECDC students. Each school is coordinating its own sign-ups for interested families. The Pantry provides all of the food and coordinates volunteers to pack the backpacks and distribute them to each school every week. Names of students are kept confidential and are not shared with the Pantry. Through private donations, the program is funded by the Pantry at no cost to the Town of Franklin or participating families.

Children experiencing hunger have difficulty concentrating, are socially withdrawn and are less likely to excel academically. Our hope through the Weekend Backpack Program is to help provide enough fuel for learning so that students thrive in school - academically and emotionally.

We are thrilled to be part of this incredible collaborative effort with Franklin Public Schools that has gained the support of so many - School Superintendent Sara E. Ahern, Ed.D., elementary school principals, adjustment counselors, school nurses, teachers and PCCs. A true spirit of cooperation and commitment to the health of our community makes this program possible.


Learn more about the Weekend Backpack program, how others are getting involved, and some ways you can be a part of this worthwhile program.

Why our backpacks have no books
Warmly,

Erin





P.S. - I would like to give special thanks to Bristol County Savings Bank for its recent expansion grant to grow this program; and the Hockomock Area YMCA for the initial grant last year that launched the pilot program at Parmenter Elementary School. We are grateful for your support!






Franklin Food Pantry       www.franklinfoodpantry.org 

Our facility is generously donated by Rockland Trust. We are located at 43 West Central Street, Franklin MA, on Route 140 in the Rockland Trust parking lot,  across the street from the fire station.

generously donated by Rockland Trust
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Sunday, September 2, 2018

Helping Kids Make the Grade — A YMCA Initiative: Back to School Backpack Drive was a Success

Operation Backpack ran successfully for a 3rd year. A dedicated association of staff, volunteers, donors, partners and community members, the Hockomock Area YMCA commits itself to building healthy, confident, connected and secure children, adults, families, and communities. Convening donors and volunteers to improve the back to school season for local families reflects what the Hockomock Area YMCA stands for.

The backpack drive took place June 25th-July 31st to collect new backpacks filled with school supplies for children in 7 school districts. The YMCA facilities in Foxboro, Franklin, and North Attleboro, as well as Bellingham Library, Bellingham Town Hall, Franklin Municipal Building, Horace Mann Middle School, New England Chapel, and Oak Street Elementary School locations served as collection sites for people to drop off backpacks and supplies.
Backpacks Filled by Volunteers from True Ability, Dell’s Employee Resource Group for People Impacted by Disabilities and or Special Needs
Backpacks Filled by Volunteers from True Ability,
Dell’s Employee Resource Group for
People Impacted by Disabilities and or Special Needs

The YMCA initiative was sponsored by Dell, Discount School Supply, Siemens, Stop and Shop Worldwide, and WB Mason. Drop off location partners, understanding that many of the kids in our communities will start the school year without the supplies that they need to succeed, stepped up to the plate with additional donations including boxes of pens and pencils, scissors, glue sticks, rulers, and monetary donations. Volunteers gathered the supplies and used them to fill over 600 backpacks.

"What a feeling it is to know that our collective efforts helped 610 kids go back to school prepared," said Brandi Jacobs—senior membership experience director at the Bernon Family YMCA Branch in Franklin.

"Thank you to our sponsors. It is only with your generosity that we are able to make this such a successful event," said Jacobs. She noted that Y members and anonymous donors contributed by purchasing supplies on an Amazon Wish List and by submitting requests for children who could benefit from receiving a backpack for their children.

Donations at work include:
Milford Summer Lunch Program
The Milford Area Humanitarian Coalition presented this summer the Milford Summer Food Service Program, sponsored by the Hockomock Area YMCA in collaboration with the Milford Public Schools Food Services team. All 272 participants who received free lunch signed up in advance to receive a backpack for their children.

Learning about the impact of the initiative, a community member who wished to remain anonymous stated: "On behalf of our family, we would like to take a moment to thank the YMCA staff and everyone that was a part of raising funds. So that every child that was in need for this coming school year, was provided with a backpack filled with school supplies. We are very grateful and thankful to everyone that was a part of this blessing. May the Lord continue to bless you always, as you have blessed others from the heart."

About Hockomock Area YMCA:

Where Cause Meets Community. At the Hockomock Area YMCA, strengthening community is our cause. The Hockomock Area YMCA is an organization of men, women, and children sharing a commitment to nurture the potential of kids, promote healthy living, and foster a sense of social responsibility.

Our YMCA is committed to partnering and collaborating with others to create and deliver lasting personal and social change in the 15 communities we are privileged to serve. The Hockomock Area YMCA is a not-for-profit charitable cause-driven organization with facilities in North Attleboro, Foxboro, Franklin, and Mansfield. For more information, visit hockymca.org

Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Updated: St. Mary’s St. Vincent de Paul 24th Annual Backpack Collection - Aug 18-19-20

The St. Mary's Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is excited to announce its 24th annual collection of back-to-school supplies to help children prepare for a wonderful school year. 

If you would like to participate, please buy a school backpack, and fill it with back to school supplies. Please label the backpack either Grades K-3, Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8, or Grades 9-12. The backpacks should not be specific for either a boy or a girl. 

On the weekend of August 18-19 - the backpacks may be dropped off inside the front of the church in the designated boxes  
and on Monday, (August 20th - only until noon) - the backpacks should be dropped off in the library of the Benjamin Franklin Charter School.
St. Mary’s St. Vincent de Paul 24th Annual Backpack Collection
St. Mary’s St. Vincent de Paul
24th Annual Backpack Collection

Members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society will be distributing backpacks to families in town with school-aged children starting on Tuesday, August 21st. We are also hoping to have enough backpacks to offer them to families living in area shelters. 

Last year, 133 children and teens benefited from your generosity. It is so important for children and youth to see the goodness in the world.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this year’s drive!


Suggestions for supplies may be found on our website:
http://www.stmarysfranklin.org/uploads/docs/backpacksupplylist2018.pdf

or here:

Saturday, August 11, 2018

Reminder: St. Mary’s St. Vincent de Paul 24th Annual Backpack Collection - Aug 18-19

The St. Mary's Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is excited to announce its 24th annual collection of back-to-school supplies to help children prepare for a wonderful school year. 

If you would like to participate, please buy a school backpack, and fill it with back to school supplies. Please label the backpack either Grades K-3, Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8, or Grades 9-12. The backpacks should not be specific for either a boy or a girl. 

The backpacks may be dropped off inside the front of the church in the designated boxes on the weekend of August 18/19 and on Monday, (August 20th) until noon. 
St. Mary’s St. Vincent de Paul 24th Annual Backpack Collection
St. Mary’s St. Vincent de Paul
24th Annual Backpack Collection

Members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society will be distributing backpacks to families in town with school-aged children starting on Tuesday, August 21st. We are also hoping to have enough backpacks to offer them to families living in area shelters. 

Last year, 133 children and teens benefited from your generosity. It is so important for children and youth to see the goodness in the world.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this year’s drive!



Suggestions for supplies may be found on our website:
http://www.stmarysfranklin.org/uploads/docs/backpacksupplylist2018.pdf

or here:

Wednesday, August 1, 2018

Reminder: St. Mary’s St. Vincent de Paul 24th Annual Backpack Collection

The St. Mary's Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is excited to announce its 24th annual collection of back-to-school supplies to help children prepare for a wonderful school year. 

If you would like to participate, please buy a school backpack, and fill it with back to school supplies. Please label the backpack either Grades K-3, Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8, or Grades 9-12. The backpacks should not be specific for either a boy or a girl. 

The backpacks may be dropped off inside the front of the church in the designated boxes on the weekend of August 18/19 and on Monday, (August 20th) until noon. 
St. Mary’s St. Vincent de Paul 24th Annual Backpack Collection
St. Mary’s St. Vincent de Paul
24th Annual Backpack Collection

Members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society will be distributing backpacks to families in town with school-aged children starting on Tuesday, August 21st. We are also hoping to have enough backpacks to offer them to families living in area shelters. 

Last year, 133 children and teens benefited from your generosity. It is so important for children and youth to see the goodness in the world.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this year’s drive!



Suggestions for supplies may be found on our website:
http://www.stmarysfranklin.org/uploads/docs/backpacksupplylist2018.pdf

or here:

Tuesday, July 17, 2018

St. Mary’s St. Vincent de Paul 24th Annual Backpack Collection - Aug 18-19

The St. Mary's Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is excited to announce its 24th annual collection of back-to-school supplies to help children prepare for a wonderful school year. 

If you would like to participate, please buy a school backpack, and fill it with back to school supplies. Please label the backpack either Grades K-3, Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8, or Grades 9-12. The backpacks should not be specific for either a boy or a girl. 

The backpacks may be dropped off inside the front of the church in the designated boxes on the weekend of August 18/19 and on Monday, (August 20th) until noon. 
St. Mary’s St. Vincent de Paul 24th Annual Backpack Collection
St. Mary’s St. Vincent de Paul
24th Annual Backpack Collection

Members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society will be distributing backpacks to families in town with school-aged children starting on Tuesday, August 21st. We are also hoping to have enough backpacks to offer them to families living in area shelters. 

Last year, 133 children and teens benefited from your generosity. It is so important for children and youth to see the goodness in the world.

Thank you in advance for your participation in this year’s drive!



Suggestions for supplies may be found on our website:
http://www.stmarysfranklin.org/uploads/docs/backpacksupplylist2018.pdf

or here:

Thursday, August 17, 2017

23rd Annual Backpack Drive

The St. Mary's Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is excited to announce its 23rd annual collection of back-to-school supplies to help children prepare for a wonderful school year. If you would like to participate, please buy a school backpack, and fill it with back to school supplies. 

Please label the backpack either Grades K-3, Grades 4-5, Grades 6-8, or Grades 9-12. 

The backpacks should not be specific for either a boy or a girl. 

The backpacks may be dropped off in Sacred Heart Hall (lower level of the church) on the weekend of August 19/20 and on Monday, (August 21st) until noon. 

Members of the St. Vincent de Paul Society will deliver backpacks to families in town with school-aged children. We are also hoping to have enough backpacks to offer them to families living in area shelters. 

Last year, 132 children and teens benefited from your generosity. It is so important for children and youth to see the goodness in the world.

Suggestions for supplies may be found on our website. 
http://stmarysfranklin.org/media/1/19/2017%20BackpackDrive&List.pdf

Lists are also available at the front doors of the church.

23rd Annual Backpack Drive
23rd Annual Backpack Drive

Friday, August 4, 2017

Cradles to Crayons Prepares Students for the New School Year with Its Ready for School Program

Cradles to Crayons®, a nonprofit organization that equips children from birth through age 12 living in homeless or low-income situations with the essential items they need to thrive, commences its Ready for School initiative, a program aiming to ensure that children enter the school year confident and excited to learn.

Although students are in the midst of summer vacation, Cradles to Crayons (C2C®) is one step ahead and preparing children for the new school year. Since 2006, C2C's Ready for School program has worked to help level the playing field for all children by providing essential items needed to start school on the right foot. This year's program, presented by Blue Cross Blue Shield of MA, The TJX Companies, Inc., and OMAM, runs through September 30th and aims to serve 70,000 children. The program will distribute backpacks filled with new, age-appropriate school supplies as well as customized KidPacks complete with clothing, shoes, and more.

There are currently more than 400,000 children in need in Massachusetts. Entering the school year without the supplies needed to succeed can be a significant developmental setback. Basic essentials like backpacks, school supplies, shoes, and clothing are critical tools that help developing children turn curiosity and creativity into knowledge and success. These resources also alleviate stress from struggling parents and allow them to direct money to food, rent, and other necessities.

"School supplies are a vital aspect when it comes to student success. However, providing students with school supplies can be a financial hardship for many families," said Joyce Asack, Ward 6 School Committee Member for the City of Brockton. "The Ready for School Backpack-A-Thon will ensure that many of our Brockton students have the opportunity to start the school year off successfully with the tools they need. It has been rewarding to see the happiness these backpacks have brought to many Brockton families and I am happy to continue letting this rewarding tradition live on!"

Lynn Margherio, Founder and CEO of Cradles to Crayons adds, "School supplies and basic essentials are required for children to be mentally, emotionally, and physically prepared for school. We understand that school readiness goes beyond backpacks. When a child's clothing doesn't fit properly or is poor quality, they become focused on discomfort and embarrassment rather than applying themselves to learning. Our Ready for School goal is to boost confidence and set kids up for success. We greatly appreciate the generous support of our community for this initiative."

About Cradles to Crayons

Cradles to Crayons launched in 2002 and has operations in Boston, Philadelphia, and Chicago. The nonprofit provides children from birth through age 12 living in homeless or low-income situations with the essential items they need to thrive—at home, at school, and at play. They supply these items free of charge by engaging and connecting communities that have with communities that need. Cradles to Crayons mobilizes communities to collect and donate new and gently used high-quality children's items. The organization also engages thousands of youth and adults each year in tangible service activities that benefit local children in need. For more information, please visit www.cradlestocrayons.org/boston/.



Friday, July 28, 2017

Reminder: 3rd Annual Backpack Drive

We will be collecting supplies and backpacks through the month of July and August at the participating locations listed below. We are looking for the suggested school supplies as well as backpacks.


Supply Drop off locations:
  • Bernon Family YMCA
  • Franklin High School
  • Oak Street Elementary School
  • Franklin Municipal Building
  • Horace Mann Middle School
  • BJ’s in Franklin

Suggested Supplies:
Backpack Drive during July-August
Backpack Drive during July-August
*Spiral Notebooks *Pencils *Erasers *Calculators *Crayons *Markers *Pocket Folders *Pencil Bag *Rulers *Highlighters *Scissors *Binders *Colored Markers *Glue Sticks *Pens *Loose Leaf Paper *Colored Pencils *Mini Hand Sanitizer

Are you or someone you know in need of a backpack? Please contact Michelle Branche at 774-235-2766 or michellebr@hockymca.org to request your backpack today!




Thursday, June 15, 2017

Please help with the Backpack Drive during July-August

We will be collecting supplies and backpacks through the month of July and August at the participating locations listed below. We are looking for the suggested school supplies as well as backpacks.

Supply Drop off locations:
  • Bernon Family YMCA
  • Franklin High School
  • Oak Street Elementary School
  • Franklin Municipal Building
  • Horace Mann Middle School
  • BJ’s in Franklin

Suggested Supplies:
Backpack Drive during July-August
Backpack Drive during July-August
*Spiral Notebooks *Pencils *Erasers*Calculators *Crayons *Markers*Pocket Folders *Pencil Bag *Rulers*Highlighters *Scissors *Binders*Colored Markers *Glue Sticks *Pens*Loose Leaf Paper *Colored Pencils*Mini Hand Sanitizer

Are you or someone you know in need of a backpack? Please contact Michelle Branche at 774-235-2766 or michellebr@hockymca.org to request your backpack today!