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School Supply Drive

Do you believe students deserve to have the school supplies they need on the first day of school? At United Way, we believe students deserve to feel confident and prepared when they walk through the doors on their first day of school. 

United Way invites you to join us for the School Supply Drive this year and achieve our goal of helping over 6,000 local K-12 students go back to school with a backpack so they can feel confident and successful on that first day of school, and beyond.

In 2020, 6,040 local students were equipped with a backpack and set of school supplies during a tougher than normal school year thanks to the generosity of our community! 

Financial donations are the most efficient way to help the greatest number of local students! United Way can leverage your investment of $20 to equip 1 student with a backpack and basic set of school supplies.

Students are working hard to rebound from one of the most challenging school years in recent history. Distance learning and only virtual access to their educators has caused many students to struggle. At United Way, our goal is to help students be successful in school. Backpacks and school supplies are one way we can help. However, this year our goals go beyond 6,000 backpacks.

Additional dollars raised will help provide:

When you give to the United Way School Supply Drive, you’re supporting all of the ways United Way helps meet the basic needs of our local students and their families and empowers them to be successful in school and in life.

Giving Opportunities and Their Impact:
• $20 to help 1 student
• $60 to help a family of 3 students
• $100 to help 5 students
• $250 to help 12 elementary students
• $400 to help a classroom of 20 students

Ways to Give:

  1. Online
  2. By mail: Mail donations to United Way of Cass-Clay, PO Box 1609, Fargo, ND 58107-1609
  3. In person: Drop off monetary donations at the United Way of Cass-Clay office located at 4351 23rd Ave. S, Fargo. Our office hours are Monday-Thursday 8 a.m.-5 p.m. and Friday 8 a.m.-noon. 

Every child deserves confidence on the first day of school. A backpack and school supplies is part of making that possible. And you can help. By creating your own, free webpage, you are easily track, promote and collect school supplies with everyone staying in the comfort and safety of their own home.
What it is:
By hosting your own virtual school supply drive powered by Roonga, you can easily rally your coworkers, friends, family, book club or even your neighborhood to help our community's kids. Skip the donation bins, in-person shopping, and collecting and delivering supplies - do it online with your own webpage. It has never been easier to be a part of achieving this year's goal of helping 6,000 local kids with backpacks full of supplies.
How it works: 
Set a goal, a timeframe, and get your own webpage you can share and invite people to donate to help reach your goal. When your drive is done, the school supplies will be shipped directly to United Way to get into the hands of kids in need.

How to set up your own virtual school supply drive:

Tips on setting a goal:
· If you’re a medium to large company that has an engaged and generous team, challenge your team to hit the goal of $1,000 or 1,000 items.
· If you’re a company with a smaller team or a neighborhood group, try starting your goal at $500 or 500 items.
· Remember, the coordinator can always update the goal if you hit your goal early.
· While driving towards goals is always motivating, any amount is impactful to the overall drive, so a high dollar amount or a large number of items isn’t a must! If you have a smaller team, are a book club, or friend group, any and all donations help get us closer to the goal of helping 6,000 students – we need and appreciate every single donation. Together, we’ll reach the goal!  
Get rewarded for reaching your goal:
Virtual drives that surpass their goal will be entered into a drawing to receive five volunteer spots at our School Supply Drive! Drawing will take place on July 12 and United Way will reach out to your drive coordinator to let them know if you won.
If you have any questions along the way, our team is ready to help! Email Erica at or call 701-237-5050 to connect with our team.

Drop off donations of new backpacks and school supplies at any of these locations July 9-23.

*Donations can be dropped off 8 a.m.-3 p.m. at these 3 Marvin locations:
Marvin - West Fargo South (1320 9th Street NE, West Fargo)
Marvin - West Fargo North (1512 9th Street NE, West Fargo)
Marvin - Fargo (1616 43rd Street North, Fargo)

Deadline to donate backpacks and supplies is Friday, July 23, at 3 p.m; please drop off donations at the SCHEELS Arena.

For a list of needed supplies, click here.  

Join us at the SCHEELS Arena located at 5225 31st Ave. S, Fargo. Families in need can attend one of these distribution events to receive a backpack and school supplies.

Dates and Times:
Monday, August 2; 4:30-6 p.m.
Tuesday, August 3; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.
Wednesday, August 4; 4:30- 6 p.m.
Thursday, August 5; 11:30 a.m.-1 p.m.

SCHEELS Arena (5225 31st Ave S, Fargo)

• Backpacks and school supplies are available for K-12 students in need who attend school in Cass or Clay counties.
• Event will be a drive-thru format at the SCHEELS Arena.
• For safety, everyone will be required to wear a mask.
• Families will be asked to complete a registration form – forms will be available when you arrive.
• Please bring a form of ID for each child who will be receiving school supplies, such as a social security card, passport, school ID, insurance card or report card.
• Families who are unable to attend the distribution events should contact their school district as each school will receive a limited supply of backpacks for these circumstances.

Do You Have Questions About The School Supply Drive?

Community Reinvestment Act (CRA) Links & Documents

United Way School Supply Drive CRA Goals Informational Sheet

Click here for more information on the national school lunch program