2021 United Way School Supply Drive

The 2021 School Supply Drive has officially ended

THANK YOU for all of your Contributions, and to our exclusive Sponsor, Bank of America!


We can't thank you all enough for your contributions to our students and families during this time. Our 2021 School Supply Drive was a success thanks to all of your incredible support and the sponsorship of Bank of America. Together we raised 2,500 fully stocked backpacks to send our students back to school fully prepared for the year ahead! If you're interested in learning more about how to access fully stocked backpacks, please see the full list of Distribution Partners Supporting Youth through the School Supply Drive below and reach out to one of those organizations for support OR call our Community Resource Specialists at 211.

And special thanks to everyone who showed up to help with this year's pack-n-sort. Check out some of the faces HERE

About The School Supply Drive

The beginning of a school year is always an incredible financial hurdle for many families as they prepare students with the supplies to learn, grow, and succeed in the classroom. In light of the additional economic setback from the continued effects of the COVID pandemic, the need to support our families and ensure our students have the tools they need is even greater. 

Since 2007, United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County and our volunteer center Hands On Asheville-Buncombe have set out to rally community support around our elementary and middle grades students with the annual School Supply Drive. Our collective efforts alongside donors and community partners have helped over 18,500 students walk into the classroom fully prepared. With your generosity and our ability to purchase supplies in bulk, this has translated into $1 million+ worth of school supplies for our students, reminding our families that they're not alone and that we will work to ensure all young people have an equal opportunity to show up with the supplies they need to succeed.



Support Our Students with the Click of a Button

Here are three ways to support our local students and families and ensure they're prepared to enter the classroom in August.

  1. Donate Online! Hop over to Roonga.com and purchase supplies or a fully stocked backpack for less than $25
  2. Host your own Virtual Drive by creating a team on Roonga and encourage your coworkers, friends, and family members to get involved. Watch this short video tutorial on how to create your own drive.
  3. Make a Donation by mailing a check to us at:

         United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County

         50 S. French Broad Avenue Ste. 100

         Asheville, NC, 28801 

        *Please write 2021 School Supply Drive in the memo.

"It feels like something so small that we can easily take for granted, yet it has such a huge impact," shares Nichole Davis, Beverly-Hanks Realtors, who helped lead a team drive raising 80 backpacks to support last year's School Supply Drive.

Distribution Partners

ACS: Family Resource Center

ACS: Youth in Transition Program

Asheville High School

Asheville Middle School

BCS: Migrant Education Program

BCS: Youth in Transition Support for Homeless Students

Big Brothers Big Sisters WNC

Buncombe Alternatives Inc.

Caring for Children

Catholic Charities

Children First / CIS

Christine Avery Learning Center

Colaborativa la Milpa

Community Care of North Carolina

Delta House Life Development of Asheville

Eblen Intermediate

Enka Intermediate

Enka Middle School

Erwin Middle School

Horizons of Carolina Day School

Housing Authority FSS Day Program


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

The Salvation Army Boys & Girls Club

Umoja Health, Wellness, and Justice Collective

Verner Center for Early Learning


YMCA: 21st Century / Horizons Program

Youth Artists Empowered

Youthful Hand


Distribution Information-- How Do I Get Supplies?

The donated supplies to the annual School Supply Drive are distributed to elementary and middle grades students through distribution partners working directly with youth throughout Buncombe County. If your child is not currently enrolled in one of these partner programs, stay tuned for updates on additional supply opportunities as they become available and check in with your child's school counselor as we are making supplies available at the schools and resource centers.

*Please Note: Due to COVID-19 and the United Way office being closed, supplies will not be available for pick-up at United Way. 

5 Tips for Running a Successful School Supply Drive

  1. Create your own Team through Roonga and Share! Share your team's custom link to your drive with friends, family, and colleagues.
  2. 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. 
  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 supporting our students to ensure they're set up for success when they enter the classroom this school year. Make sure you tag us on Facebook @ United Way of Asheville and Buncombe County + use the hashtag #UnitedWayAVLSchoolSupplyDrive
  4. Remind Your Network once a week during the drive so they don't forget. Share your Roonga link to Facebook or hang a poster at your work or community center.
  5. Celebrate Success! Simple, small gestures of thanks go a long way for us all and help us feel better connected and excited to lend a helping hand for one another. We've created small printable school buses that you can use to write down the names of all who have donated and post up in your break room or office.


Thank you in advance for your enthusiasm and support of this year's drive! Although it may be virtual this year to ensure our collective safety, we're excited to generate the same level of community care and involvement that we would in-person.