Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Volunteers are needed for Wyandotte County Back to School Fair

By DIANE HENTGES, United Way of Wyandotte County

This will be the 11th year for the Wyandotte County Back to School Fair. The goal of the Fair is to provide students in Wyandotte County with basic school supplies to start the new school year.

This year the Fair will take place on Saturday August 4, 2012 at Kansas City Kansas Community College. Since the inception, over 17,000 students have been served.

Each student receives a backpack; pencil box with pencils, pens and eraser; notebooks, notebook paper and 3-ring binder; glue, markers, crayons, scissors and a ruler.

The success of this project relies on contributions from the community. Donations of dollars to purchase items are needed as well as the contribution of your time. Volunteers are needed prior to the event to help sort supplies and to pack the back pack for the various grade levels.

On the day of the event your help is needed with set-up, registration, distribution of the backpacks, library books, food, and help keep the site neat and tidy; and then of course help with general clean-up after the event. Over a hundred volunteers are needed on the day of the event.

If you would like to volunteer contact Diane at the Volunteer Center, the United Way of Wyandotte County, 913-371-3674 or at dhentges@unitedway-wyco.org.

This is a wonderful opportunity for groups looking for a service project. If you would like to make a financial contribution, please contact awilcoxen@kckcc.edu.or at 913-288-7685.

For more information on how you can GIVE, ADVOCATE, and VOLUNTEER please contact me at 913-371-3674 or at dhentges@unitedway-wyco.org.

You can find volunteer opportunities by checking out our website, www.unitedway-wyco.org and click on Volunteer.