United Way Backpack registration begins for upcoming school year

United Way Bruce Grey announces that registration for the annual Backpack Program is now open for low-income families in the region. Families can register by calling 211 starting today. Over the past 20 years, the program has distributed 35,278 backpacks filled with essential school supplies to students in need, ensuring that every child in the community starts the school year equipped for success.


Program Details:
Registration Start Date: June 24, 2024
How to Register: Call 211
Eligibility: Low-income families residing in Bruce Grey

Each backpack contains grade-appropriate items such as notebooks, pens, pencils, and other essential school supplies. This year, the program aims to serve even more families, ensuring that no child starts the school year at a disadvantage.

New Coordinator: Nolan Taylor joins as the new Backpack Program Coordinator, bringing a deep commitment to community service. “I am excited to join the United Way Bruce Grey team and look forward to working with our community to support local students,” said Taylor.

Support Needed:

Financial Contributions: Make donations online at www.Backpacks4Kids.ca

Donate Supplies: Drop off new school supplies at the United Way office at 380 9th Street East, Owen Sound, or at the “Stuff the Bus” event at Staples in Owen Sound, August 15-17.

Francesca Dobbyn, Executive Director of United Way Bruce Grey, emphasized the importance of the program. “Education is a critical pathway out of poverty. By providing these essential school supplies, we are helping to remove barriers and give every child the opportunity to succeed in school. We encourage all eligible families to register as soon as possible to ensure their children are prepared for the upcoming school year.”

The program’s success relies on the generosity of the community. Donations of school supplies and financial contributions are welcomed and can be made through the United Way Bruce Grey website. Community members and businesses are encouraged to support this initiative and help make a positive impact on the lives of local children.

To ensure the continued success of The Backpack Program, our fundraising goal for this year is set at $90,000. To help reach the fundraising goal, visit www.Backpacks4Kids.ca.

For more information about The Backpack Program, visit www.UnitedWayOfBruceGrey.com.

United Way Bruce Grey extends heartfelt thanks to all donors, volunteers, and community partners for their continued support. Together, we can make a significant difference in the lives of children and families in our community.