Unity of New York’s OUTREACH & WOMEN’S GROUP is excited to be hosting a BACK PACK DRIVE to benefit the NYC Coalition for the Homeless PROJECT: BACK TO SCHOOL.  

SUNDAY, AUGUST 20TH

@ SUNDAY CELEBRATION SERVICE

@ PETER NORTON SYMPHONY SPACE.

2017 Project: Back to School

Last year more than 105,000 NYC school kids experienced homelessness at some point – that’s one in ten students in our city. As family incomes are stretched extremely thin, items like backpacks, notebooks, binders and other school supplies are simply out of reach for far too many of these kids.

The Coalition’s annual Project: Back to School partners with NYC companies, schools and caring individuals to collect more than 4,000 NEW backpacks filled with everything students need in class. You can help a homeless girl or boy start the school year right with a simple donation of a backpack or any of the supplies on our wish list.

WISH LISTS

Early Years (Pre-K to 1st Grade)

• New Backpacks
• #2 Pencils
• Hard Pencil Case
• Crayons
• Washable Markers • Elmer’s Glue
• Glue Stick
• Composition Book • Eraser
• Safety Scissors
• Ruler

Elementary School (2nd to 5th Grades)

• New Backpacks
• # 2 Pencils
• Pencil Sharpener
• Soft Pencil Case
• Glue Stick
• Composition Notebook • Colored Pencils
• Crayons
• Eraser
• Safety Scissors
• Ruler

Middle School (6th to 8th Grades)

• New Backpacks
• # 2 Pencils

• Pencil Sharpener
• Glue Stick
• Composition Notebook • 1” Binder
• Eraser
• Safety Scissors
• Ruler
• Pocket Folders
• Blue or Black Pens
• Filler Binder Paper

High School (9th to 12th Grades)

• New Backpacks
• Composition Notebook • 1.5” Binder
• Scissors
• Ruler
• Pocket Folders
• Scientific Calculators
• Blue or Black Pens
• Filler Binder Paper

Zoe Lyons Nieves is the Director of Outreach for Unity of New York. She is assisted by Unity member, Lynn Manuel. Our Outreach Ministry coordinates activities and holds several donation drives throughout the year to give back to the NYC community as well as the world.

Unity’s Outreach has worked with several community organizations over the years, such as New York Cares, Volunteers of America, Food Bank NY, God’s Love We Deliver, WGirls, and the ASPCA, who really make a difference by “paying it forward”. Participating with these organizations, Unity of New York congregants have contributed toys, coats, prom dresses, pet supplies, canned goods, umbrellas, back packs, cell phones, and thousands of dollars to help others in our community and throughout the world. We even helped rebuild a school in Haiti! Of course, it’s wonderful to come to a Celebration Service on Sunday and feel inspired to transform our own lives, but it’s even more powerful to help in the transformation of others’ lives – even when you’ll most likely never have the chance to meet them in person. Knowing that you’ve made a difference in someone’s life is one of the BEST FEELINGS EVER!