That’s right. If you can believe it, families are already thinking about their kids going back to school. While this may be a relief for some, it can also be a stressful time as families begin to think about how to provide all the tools and clothes necessary for school success. Backpacks, pens/pencils, notepaper, clothes, shoes, and jackets are costly and sometimes difficult to purchase on a tight budget. Here are some ideas that can help ease your kids back into the school routine with the necessary supplies and help you feel less financial stress.
School Supplies: Backpacks, Notepads, Pencils, Etc.:
- Salvation Army (Burlington) – Provides free school supplies, including backpacks, to income eligible families. Also provides clothing vouchers to be used at the Salvation Army Thrift Store.
- Community Family Centers – Check with your parent – child centers to see if they are hosting back-to-school programs or providing resources to local families.
- Franklin/Grand Isle Schools – Through partnership with Franklin/Grand Isle United Way, Franklin/Grand Isle Schools provide a FREE backpack filled with school supplies. Parents must contact the guidance office at the school to apply.
- Check with your child’s school/guidance office to see if they have an internal program for students.
Low Cost Clothing:
- Joint Urban Ministry Project (JUMP) Burlington – Provides clothing vouchers to be used at the Possibility Shop, a clothing thrift shop at 38 South Winooski Avenue, Burlington.
- KidSafe Yard Sale (August 12th & August 13th) – The 14th Annual Kidsafe Yard Sale is a great chance to find clothing and back-to-school supplies, either very lowcost or free. Contact your Resource Coordinator if you need free items.
- HOPE Retroworks (Middlebury) – Sells new and used low-cost clothing, household items, and computers, Monday-Saturday 9:30am-4:30pm.
- Salvation Army (Burlington, St. Albans and Barre locations) – Provides used clothing at low costs and accepts clothing vouchers http://nne.salvationarmy.org/
- Goodwill Industries (Greater Burlington area) – Sells clothing, crafting and houseware, as well as school supplies. http://www.goodwill.org/locator/
Do you have additional housing resource questions? Would you like help navigating other resources? Contact CCV’s Working Bridges Resource Coordinator, Connie Beal. Connie is available to CCV faculty, staff, and students. She is at CCV Winooski on Thursdays from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. in Room 211D inside the Learning Center. She’s also available by phone or email if you’re not in the Burlington area: firstname.lastname@example.org