2022 United Way School Supply Drive

School Supply Drive

Presenting Sponsor



The 2022 School Supply Drive Has Ended

We would like to thank our community for their incredible support of this year's School Supply Drive. Because of our community partners, volunteers, and donors, 2,332 students will return to school this year with the supplies they need to compete and win in the classroom. Our collective efforts bring us closer to achieving our Bold Community Goal: By 2035, ALL Asheville City and Buncombe County students graduate from high school ready and fully prepared to pursue their goals and dreams. Thank you for all you do in support of our community. 

United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County’s (UWABC) annual School Supply Drive is now underway — June 27-July 22! Sponsored by our incredible local partners at Bank of America, the School Supply Drive is one of our most recognized engagement experiences and provides our community with an opportunity to support students and families as they head back to school.

Because of the generous support from donors, volunteers, and community partners that work directly with youth, last year we were able to send 2,500 students back to school with a fully stocked backpack. 

Let’s do it again! We invite you to explore the many ways you can participate in this year’s drive by reviewing the information below. 



Support Our Students And Families

Here are three ways you can support local students to ensure they're prepared to enter the classroom in August.

  1. Shop Online! Purchase supplies or a fully stocked backpack at Roonga for less than $30.
  2. Make a donation and we'll shop for you:
    • Donate online (follow the prompts in the form below)
      • If making your donation from a mobile phone click HERE
    • Mail your check to:
      • United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County
        50 S. French Broad Avenue Ste. 100
        Asheville, NC 28801
        *Please write 2022 School Supply Drive in the memo.
    • Call our office with your credit card information, 828.255.0696
  3. Host your own virtual drive by creating a team on Roonga and encouraging your coworkers, friends, and family to get involved. Watch this short video tutorial on how to create your own drive.

*PLEASE NOTE: To ensure each student receives the same quality supplies, we are not accepting loose supplies.

Questions? Contact Ally Sloss, 828.276.2402

“At The Christine Avery Learning Center, we use the saying, our scholars are "Loved and Capable." The school supply drive represents that saying very well by showing children they are loved through the gift of a fully stocked backpack, as well as allowing them to show their capabilities through the use of the supplies.”

-- Kyla Morton

Distribution Partners

ACS: Family Resource Center

ACS: Youth in Transition Program

Asheville Housing Authority

Asheville High School

Asheville Middle School

BCS: Migrant Education Program

BCS: Youth in Transition Support for Homeless Students

Big Brothers Big Sisters WNC

Caring for Children

Catholic Charities

Children First / CIS

Christine W. Avery Learning Center

Colaborativa la Milpa

Community Care of North Carolina

Delta House Life Development of Asheville

Enka Intermediate

Enka Middle School

Erwin Middle School

Horizons at Carolina Day School

Irene Wortham Center


Montford North Star Academy

My Daddy Taught Me That

My Sistah Taught Me That

North Buncombe Middle School

North Windy Ridge Intermediate School

Owen Middle School

Project Lighten Up Virtual Learning Academy

Reynolds Middle School

Tabernacle Missionary Baptist Church Youth Program

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club

Umoja Health, Wellness, and Justice Collective

Verner Center for Early Learning


YMCA: 21st Century / Horizons Program

Youthful Hand

Youth Transformed for Life (YTL)


Fully stocked backpacks, donated through the UWABC annual School Supply Drive, are distributed to elementary, middle, and high school students through distribution partners working directly with youth throughout Asheville City and Buncombe County Schools. If your child is not currently enrolled in one of these partner programs, stay tuned to local news outlets for updates on additional supply opportunities as they become available and make sure to check in with your student's school counselor as we are making supplies available at the schools and resource centers.

*Please Note: School supplies are NOT kept at the United Way office and are not available for pickup. 

5 Tips for Running a Successful School Supply Drive

  1. Spread the Word! Ask neighbors, friends, and family to get involved. Invite your coworkers, faith community, and members of clubs/civic groups to participate with you. Share the link to the Roonga website for them to easily and safely make an online donation to support a local student this school year. 
  2. Consider creating your own Team under our main drive on Roonga! By creating your own team, you can personalize your page, set goals, share your excitement for student success and send out your team's custom link to your drive with friends, family, and colleagues.
  3. Social Media is a Powerful Tool! Share a post with your network about why you're getting involved in this year's School Supply Drive. Make sure you tag us on Facebook @ United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County + use the hashtag #UnitedWayAVLSchoolSupplyDrive
  4. Remind Your Network! Persistence is key! Once or twice a week during the drive, remind your network so they don't forget. Share the Roonga link to Facebook or send out an email or group text and rally your network.
  5. Celebrate Success! Simple, small gestures of thanks go a long way and help us feel connected. consider a handwritten note, a text message of thanks, or a email with a personal touch of gratitude. 


Thank you in advance for your enthusiasm and support of this year's drive! 


About The School Supply Drive

UWABC believes that we can co-create a place where every person has the opportunity to succeed. One of the many ways we do this is by bringing people and partners together through our annual School Supply Drive. Since the drive's inception in 2007, United Way's Volunteer Center, Hands On Asheville-Buncombe, has rallied the community to send 21,000 students back to school with fully stocked backpacks.

Our School Supply Drive intersects multiple points of engagement that involve all sectors of the community:

  • During the planning phase, we work closely with partners, teachers, and community school coordinators to identify the need and customize the supply lists for each grade level.
  • During the campaign, we connect with community donors and local businesses who want to contribute financially towards purchasing school supplies.
  • As the drive comes to a close, we host a three-day Pack and Sort event where volunteers, businesses, and community partners fill backpacks with the needed school supplies. During this time, we also attend public distribution events to spend quality time with partners and experience the joy of students' excitement about their new backpacks and being prepared on the first day of school. 

We do all of this to ensure young people in Asheville City and Buncombe County have an equal opportunity to obtain the resources they need to win in the classroom. Join us today!