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School Supplies Drive Will Help Ensure Kids go Back to School Ready to Learn

(Gales Ferry, CT) United Way of Southeastern Connecticut wants to ensure kids go back to school with confidence and with the material supplies needed for academic success. The organization is inviting individuals, groups, and businesses from across New London County to donate school supplies or run a drive to collect items. All collected items will be distributed to schools in the county to help local teachers and students.


United Way encourages those interested in running a drive to do so between the dates of August 10-24. Feedback from teachers has indicated the following items are most needed by their students, and these supplies can be highlighted when asking for donations: backpacks, pencils, erasers, rulers, crayons, highlighters, sharpeners, binders, and loose-leaf paper.

Collected items should be dropped off at United Way of Southeastern Connecticut, 283 Stoddards Wharf Road in Gales Ferry, by or on Friday, August 23. You may drop off your donations at any branch of our three partners by August 24th: Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, Chelsea Groton Bank, and Dime Bank.


More information about the drive, including a downloadable poster to help promote your own drive, can be found at



United Way of Southeastern Connecticut is a locally-based non-profit organization supporting a network of health and human services, programs, and initiatives in New London County that work together to help people in need and improve community conditions. Supported programs include early care and education, child development, employment training, physical and mental health care, crisis intervention, shelter, employment training, emergency/disaster preparation, and response and recovery service.


United Way operates the Gemma E. Moran United Way/Labor Food Bank which provides food to 85 free emergency food programs and through a Mobile Food Pantry program, at no cost to those in need. United Way supports 2-1-1 Connecticut for free information and referral 24/7 and Project Warm-up for one-time, emergency heating assistance. Visit United Way online at to get involved.