Every year we ensure our community’s children are ready to start school with confidence through our Back to School Program. We provide a new backpack filled with essential new school supplies, new shoes or shoecard and access to a haircut. Last year we served more than 1,000 children across San Mateo County and this year we anticipate serving more.


There are many ways to help us with our Back to School Program.


Donate cash so we can efficiently buy exactly what we need.

Don’t forget to select the Back to School Drive from the drop down menu on our Donate Page.



Donate a new backpack filled with all the school supplies required by us

You can donate a single filled backpack or run a Drive and collect many. We have specific lists of supplies for Elementary, Middle or High School children and – in particular for older kids – we recommend finding a good quality brand of new backpack that will last a full school year.

To access information on what we need and download some useful materials click here.

You are also welcome to separately donate new empty backpacks or school supplies from our list.


Once you decide what you are going to do to help, please just send a quick email to Rosie Coleridge to let her know.