On July 28 BorgWarner Turbo Systems employees gave 200 fully stocked backpacks to students and staff of the Salvation Army’s Boys and Girls Club. The Boys and Girls Club is one of nine organizations that will then distribute the backpacks to area families over the course of the next few weeks.
The employees of BorgWarner Turbo Systems know how to make things happen for local school kids. Building off three years of experience in previous drives, BorgWarner purchased 200 backpacks. They then offered up the opportunity for employees to fill them with supplies.
To encourage participation, anyone contributing either cash or supplies was then entered to win two tickets to Dollywood. In addition to filling bags, BorgWarner employees have raised $1800 for the 2016 Back To School Supply Drive. Members of the community outreach team at BorgWarner Turbo Systems are thrilled with participation and the chance to help local kids succeed in school.
“We love giving back to the WNC community and the kids in our area. United Way offers a great way to make this happen through the Back to School Supply Drive” said Leah Holzenkamp, Sr. Buyer - Strategic Sourcing for BorgWarner Turbo Systems.
Back to School Supply Drive
United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County has conducted the Back to School Supply Drive for more than a decade and during that time, distributed more than 6,300 fully stocked backpacks and supplies to area students. It is estimated that a fully stocked backpack can cost upwards of $60, which means the contribution of this drive is valued at about $378,000 over the 11 year history.
When it comes to getting ready for school, having notebooks, pens and calculators makes all the difference between students starting the year strong, or already behind. With one in four children living in poverty in Buncombe County and more than 50 percent of public school students eligible to receive free and reduce cost lunch at school, supplies like these are critical to giving students and their families a needed boost.
Distribution of School Supplies
The 2016 School Supply Drive will benefit Asheville Middle and Buncombe County Middle Schools and low-income elementary and middle school students served by these organizations:
- Asheville City Schools: Homebase Program for Homeless Students
- Big Brothers Big Sisters of Western North Carolina
- Buncombe County Schools: Youth in Transition Support for Homeless Students
- Buncombe County Schools: Migrant Education Program
- Caring for Children
- Children First/Communities in Schools of Buncombe County
- Literacy Council of Buncombe County
- The Salvation Army
- YMCA: 21st Century Afterschool Program
- YWCA of Asheville
Community members can call 2-1-1 to find out the nearest program for their child.