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Back 2 School Drive

Of the 1,200+ clients HOW serves, over 400 of them are children.  As we approach the start of the school year, HOW is working to ensure our students are prepared and ready to return to in-person learning. 

For students who have experienced housing insecurity, school is sometimes the only stable and reliable thing they can count on. However, simple things, such as a lack of supplies, can become barriers to a child's success in school. We work to help provide stability outside of school in ensuring that students have a place to call home, but need your help to make sure they have the supplies they need. HOW's Back 2 School drive's goal is to provide 200 backpacks filled with supplies to provide crucial support to the kids that need it most.

July 19 -

August 20

Donate through Amazon

Help HOW students succeed by donating through our Amazon wish list, and providing the essentials needed to get learning started off on the right foot.  

Online Class
Host a Back 2 School Party

Host a party for your friends where everyone brings supplies and you all stuff backpacks together! We have created a packet with everything you need to throw the best back-to-school party around! 

Build a backpack!

Want to put together your own bag to bring to HOW? Here is what is needed:


Elementry Backpack:

  • backpack

  • 2 wide rule notebooks 

  • pencils 

  • crayons 

  • children's scissors 

  • glue 

  • 2 folders

  • child's PPE

High School Backpack:

  • backpack

  • 2 college rule notebooks 

  • pencils 

  • pens 

  • calculator 

  • binder 

  • erasers

  • highlighters

  • PPE

Please email the Community Engagement and Resource Manager at to schedule a drop-off of items. 


Want to maximize your giving? By donating directly, you are allowing HOW to purchase school items in bulk to keep costs down. Just $10 can fill a backpack with the purchase of bulk supplies. Monetary donations also allow HOW to help support families with some of the other costs involved with going back to schools such as school fees and uniforms. 


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