AEF tips its hat to generous community
Since 2012, the Alameda Education Foundation (AEF) has managed the Equipped4Success school supply drive. Equipped4Success provides new backpacks filled with quality, grade-level appropriate school supplies to kindergarten through 12th-graders in our community. This year we supported more than 900 youth. Since 2012, we have supported close to 7,000 students!
Thank you to the many community organizations, businesses and individuals who supported this drive. Grants were received from the Alameda Community Foundation, Alameda Welfare Council, Kiwanis Club of Alameda, Rotary Club of Alameda and Windermere Foundation. South Shore Shopping Center supported its drive through beverage sales at their Summer Beats concerts and by providing space for sorting and packing the backpacks.
Thank you to Alameda Island Brewing Company for the beer that was so popular at these concerts! Thank you to JanSport and the Family Giving Tree for donating backpacks. Bank of Marin sponsored the drive with its annual “Shred Day” and made a generous donation.
AEC Living purchased backpacks and supplies for 100 kindergarten and first-grade students. Residents at Elders Inn and The Lodge enjoyed preparing them for the younger generation. The Alameda Chapter of the Bay East Association of Realtors shopped, collected and donated to support dozens of students.
Community members throughout Alameda supported the drive through generous donations of funds and supplies. Thank you to the Alameda firefighters for hosting collection bins for supply donations. The Alameda Peeps Facebook group rallied to support the cause. Many thanks to community faith and social service organizations that provided volunteers, raised funds and donated items.
Equipped4Success works with community partners to identify students in need and distributes the backpacks. Our community partners included the Alameda Unified School District McKinney-Vento program for homeless families, Alameda Point Collaborative, Alameda Boys & Girls Club, Woodstock Child Development Center, DreamCatchers Youth Services, Girls Inc. of the Island City and Operation Dignity.
It says a lot about a community that takes care of its most vulnerable citizens. Thank you to everyone who helped make this year’s Equipped4Success school supply drive a success!