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You Can Send Kids Back to School Ready to Learn

For the fourth year in a row, we're holding a communitywide drive to collect school supplies to help ensure kids go to school with confidence and with the material supplies needed to perform successfully in the classroom. 

How can you help? You can donate school supplies at any branch of Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, Chelsea Groton Bank, and Dime Bank between Saturday, August 11 and Friday, August 24. Each branch will have a donation box to collect the supplies. Look for the bright blue bins!

You can also run a school supply drive yourself at your business or organization to collect items that we've heard from teachers are most needed by their students:

  • Backpacks
  • Crayons
  • Highlighters
  • Pencils, sharpeners, erasers
  • Rulers
  • Binders
  • Loose leaf paper

Suggested dates for your drive are between August 14-25. Click here to download a poster you can use to promote your drive. You can bring your collected items to United Way in Gales Ferry (283 Stoddards Wharf Road) anytime between August 11-14. Volunteers will sorting and help deliver the supplies to New London County schools.

If you have questions or would like to volunteer to help sort school supplies, please contact Sarah at United Way,

Thank you to our partners: Charter Oak Federal Credit Union, Chelsea Groton Bank, and Dime Bank.