Individuals and organizations from all across Ashland County brought their time and resources together to make this year’s Ashland County Back 2 School Celebration a HUGE success!
1000+ students received new…
Backpacks filled with new school supplies
How Our Community Accomplished This
It takes a highly coordinated effort to pull off the Back 2 School Celebration.
Associated Charities collaborates with school principals, liaisons, and local hair salons to meet the needs of children returning to school each fall.
The Back 2 School Celebration began three years ago when various nonprofit organizations in the county realized they all were after the same goal: making sure children in Ashland County have everything they need to go back to school.
Serving our community’s children shouldn’t be a competition. Instead, Executive Director of Associated Charities Chris Box along with Reagan Elementary School Principal Nicole Brodie suggested that these various organizations work together, pool resources, and have one BIG event.
The Associated Charities building was the hub for collecting school supplies, while the United Way went to work organizing the Stuff the Bus initiative. Volunteers from Associated Charities manned the giveaway process, sorting supplies and stuffing them into bags by grade level. Additionally, they provided shoes and coats during the Back 2 School event.
“It’s one of the greatest displays of community working together” that Laura Neff, assistant director of Associated Charities, has ever seen.
Serving Our Neighbors Multiplies Generosity
There are so many individuals and organizations who pulled together to make this event a success.
Groups in the community organized school supplies drives, including Tremco, churches, and Bill Harris Auto Center, while volunteers came together to make it possible to hand out those supplies, including the Hillsdale Football team and coaches, Ashland City Schools Superintendent Steve Paramore and Board President John Teevan, several area building principals and teachers, along with many more.
The students could select their choice of backpacks and received a separate pack of school supplies. Not every supply on the school supply lists for each grade level is able to be secured… but it’s a good start!
We’re so grateful to have the space in the Associated Charities building to host all of those supplies and volunteers.
Brightening the Lives of School Children across Ashland County
The Back 2 School Celebration does more than just hand out school supplies and clothes, it builds confidence and excitement in the hearts and minds of children throughout Ashland County.
The event levels the playing field for children and removes any negative feelings students might feel about not being able to afford new shoes, new school supplies, or a new coat. Students receive brand name, high quality, new supplies, lighting up faces with bright smiles and lots of happy “thank yous.”
Of course, the need in our community doesn’t end when school begins. Associated Charities works year-round with our incredibly generous donors and community partners to make sure those who need food, utility support, shelter, or clothing are able to find it. You can donate through PayPal or find our current food and hygiene needs on our website.
The holidays are right around the corner as well. Associated Charities offers
We are so excited to introduce our new friend Grace! Here is a little bio about her and how she is giving back to our community. Thank you Grace… you are amazing!
My name is Grace Rivenburgh, I’m 16 and a member of Girl Scout Troop 1756. I am working on completing a Journey Titled “Sow What”. A Journey is an in depth learning experience where you learn about a specific topic, do research, and complete a take action project. In the “Sow What” Journey program, I learned about global and local food system issues, environmental issues including climate change, and healthy eating. For the take action project of this journey I am collecting excess produce from the Park Street Community Garden and donating to Associated Charities. I chose this as my project because I wanted to help make fresh produce available to residents of Ashland county. 2 years ago I started making healthy eating choices and became vegetarian, I felt so much better and wanted to help other people eat healthier food and feel better as well.
Samaritan Hospital Foundation recognized a need in our community for no contact infrared thermometers. AND…… They blessed us with four thermometers for each of our entry doors!!! We thank them for blessing us with this donation!