Local Groups Partner to Provide for Foster Children

By: Staff Email
By: Staff Email

Reno, NV -- It’s My Community Store and iFoster support are making back to school better for disadvantaged youths through the The Back to School Project, a fundraiser that provides free back-to-school kits and supplies to underprivileged, displaced and foster children throughout Nevada, California and Idaho.

According to national statistics from Childwelfare.gov, without sufficient resources, 45% of displaced children will need to repeat a grade level, 46% will drop out of high school or fail to get their GED by age 19.

The Back to School Project was created by It’s My Community Store and iFoster to provide age appropriate supplies like backpacks, binders, calculators, notebooks, pens, pencils, crayons and more. iFoster sources a list of recommended school supplies from area school districts to ensure that every child will receive the tools they need to have a successful school year.

Once donations for school supplies are collected via the It’s My Community Store donation platform, iFoster distributes the backpacks to underprivileged, displaced and foster children throughout participating states. The goal of The Back to School Project is to raise $200,000 over the course of three months (May-July) before school kicks off in August. One hundred percent of the donations go towards the purchase of school supplies.

“While searching for non-profits to partner with on The Back to School Project, my team learned about the growing number of homeless, foster and children living in poverty who could not afford supplies that many families take for granted,” said Jenifer Rose Creator and CEO of It’s My Community Store.

“We knew that iFoster would be able to get the supplies in the hands of those who need them the most. “We believe that a lot of people making small sacrifices can have a huge impact on the local community,” added Rose.

It’s My Community Store is a for-profit business with a philanthropic focus. The online store specializes in the sale of office and school supplies to area businesses who want to give back. Businesses and individuals can purchase office and school supplies and in turn, It’s My Community Store will donate 10 percent of the total order to the non-profit group of the purchaser’s choice. Current benefitting non-profits include Ronald McDonald House, SPCA, iFoster, as well as schools and community sports groups.

How to Donate:
Visit http://www.itsmycommunitystore.com/Donations.html to donate $5, $10, $25 or other. To donate by check, please make checks payable to It’s My Community Store OR iFoster. Please denote: The Back To School Project. Mail to: 325 Harbour Cove Drive, Ste. 221, Sparks NV 89434.

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