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BACK TO SCHOOL

Students, parents and teachers are all preparing for another unique school year with the challenges brought by COVID-19. One thing we know for certain is that students need supplies to support their learning, whether in the classroom or learning from home. But hundreds of families’ budgets are stretched so thin they can’t afford age-appropriate school supplies. With your help, we can give kids the tools they need to succeed.

shop our target registry

Shop for school supplies with Interfaith Outreach’s Back to School Target gift registry! You can shop in person at Target or shop online and have your supply donations shipped directly to our offices: Interfaith Outreach / Attn: Back to School / 1605 County Road 101 N / Plymouth, MN 55447.

Note: Please forward your Target order confirmation email receipt to Ashley at awyatt@iocp.org to ensure your generous donation is properly received at our office.

host a supply drive

Download and print this Back to School flyer with a list of the most-needed supplies and drop-off information to take shopping, email to friends or hang up in your workplace!

If you shop in-store, you can drop off school supply donations at Interfaith Outreach on Mondays and Fridays, from July 27 through Aug. 14, 10 a.m.-5 p.m.

Pack & donate grade-specific bags

A fun way for your family, group or business to support the Back to School drive is to purchase and then pack up full bags of school supplies. Rather than donating one notebook or one backpack, consider purchasing, packing up and donating all of the specific supplies a child needs for the new school year! View details and sign up here.

MAKE A FINANCIAL GIFT

Don’t have time to shop? That’s okay, too. We gratefully accept financial donations so we can purchase our most-needed items.

most Needed

also Needed

Backpacks (new, large, solid color)
Spiral Notebooks (wide/college rule)
Composition Notebooks (wide/college rule)
Binder Dividers
3-Ring Binders (1 inch, neutral solid color)
Loose-leaf Paper (wide/college rule)
Graph Paper (1/4 rule)
Pocket Folders
Earbuds
Glue Sticks

Colored Pencils (12 count)
Pencils (No. 2 and mechanical)
Crayons (24 count, Crayola/Target brand)
Blue/Black Pens
Highlighters
Crayola Markers
Red Pens
Pencil Sharpeners with Receptacle
Scissors (pointed and blunt tip)
Pencil Pouches and Boxes
Index Cards (3×5 inch, lined)
Earbuds
Erasers

volunteer

Volunteers are needed July 21 – Sept. 11 to make this program possible. Sign up today to sort incoming school supply donations, pack grade-specific bags of supplies and assist on our school supply distribution day. High school and adult volunteers welcome.

Last year, this amazing community rallied together so that:

  • Nearly 800 students were provided with school supplies
  • 100+ volunteers contributed time to make it happen

This Back to School drive is aligned with Great Expectations (GE), a collaborative school and community initiative designed to eliminate the educational opportunity and achievement disparities experienced by children and youth in our community. Its anchor partners are the Orono and Wayzata Public School Districts and Interfaith Outreach.

Interfaith Outreach goes curbside during COVID-19.

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