July 20, 2015

2015 School Supply Drive - How to Donate & Receive Supplies

The 17th Annual United Way of Cass-Clay School Supply Drive is now open and accepting donations of new backpacks and school supplies! Last year, we equipped 5,175 students with supplies. While we know that not all families who received backpacks access the Free & Reduced Lunch program, 82% of those who did receive backpacks last year self-reported being enrolled.  In the combined Cass & Clay county school districts there are 9,412 children that are utlilizing the Federal Free & Reduced Lunch program. 82% of the families who received backpacks self-reported accessing this program, which means 2,859 students out of the overall 9,412 children were equipped.

Thanks to the incredible support from the community, in the last 6 years, over 25,000 backpacks full of brand new school supplies have been distributed to local Cass and Clay County K-12 grade students. The United Way School Supply Drive exists to remove one barrier that local families have to learning. We know that when a child goes to school with the tools they need on the first day they are prepared to learn.

Donations of new backpacks and school supplies can be dropped off between Tuesday, July 14 and Friday, July 31.


Get your office involved by starting a Company Supply Drive! Below is a list of supplies that are needed (for a full list, click here):
NEW backpacks (no wheels)*, 1" 3-Ring Binders*, Pointed & blunt tip Scissors*, Pencil Pouches (not boxes)*, Folders, Loose leaf paper, Wide & College ruled notebooks, Blue/Black pens, Red pens, Highlighters, Colored Pencils, Thick Markers, 24-Ct Crayons, Pink erasers, Glue bottles, Glue sticks, Rulers. If you run a drive, please organize your supplies and count them using our inventory sheets.

Print out posters to hang up for the event.

School Supply Drive FAQs

Monetary donations can be mailed to UWCC, PO Box 1609, Fargo, ND 58107 or dropped off at United Way of Cass-Clay at 219 7th Street South, Fargo.


Official Drop off locations are now open. These locations are:

Family Wellness
First International Bank and Trust
Gate City Bank Locations
Great North Insurance Services
Moorhead Center Mall
West Acres
FARGODOME (starting July 27th)
United Way of Cass-Clay (Mon - Thurs 7:30am - 5pm, Fri 7:30am-noon)


Drop off supplies at the following locations and receive coupons and more!


Supplies are available for students residing in and attending K-12 schools in Cass or Clay Counties. United Way of Cass-Clay will be distributing supplies:

Saturday, August 8th
8 am-11:30 am
FARGODOME (1800 North University Drive, Fargo)

Tuesday, August 11th
4-7:00 pm
FARGODOME (1800 North University Drive, Fargo)

Students and families needing supplies must have a form of ID for each child and a completed registration form. Registration forms are available HERE.


For any questions about volunteering or any other School Supply Drive questions, please contact Kelly Rotar on the United Way Team at krotar@unitedwaycassclay.org or 701-237-5050

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