Anderson Children's Foundation

Catholic Charities San Bernardino & Riverside Counties

Catholic Charities San Bernardino & Riverside Counties

Back to School Clothing and Supplies (2018-2019)

With support from Anderson Children’s Foundation (ACF), Catholic Charities will provide 100 children living in poverty with uniform compliant clothing, a backpack, socks, shoes and earphones they need to be successful in school.

The children who will receive these items come from families with no means to provide these required school items. It is all too common in the Coachella Valley that children, through no fault of their own, are negatively impacted by their families’ financial situation.

Coming to school without adequate clothing and/or supplies hurts a child’s ability to succeed academically. Many schools have strictly enforced uniform codes – some send students home if they are not in uniform. For those without uniform policies, children who come to school in ill-fitting or worn out clothing are at risk of being ostracized by peers, severely impacting their emotional health and ability to focus on their studies. Backpacks increase a child’s ability to stay organized and ensure a safe place to transfer homework to and from school. Earphones are an important component of this program. Coachella Valley schools require students to provide their own earphones to use computers – and earphones are required to complete components of California’s standardized testing. This project is specific to the Coachella Valley due to overwhelming demand for these items in this region where over 35% of children live in poverty.

Catholic Charities is in a unique position to provide these necessary items to some of the most impoverished children throughout the Coachella Valley. Caseworkers have established relationships with needy families in the area and require income verification forms to identify which children would most benefit from this program. In addition, staff work with area school district social workers who refer families to Catholic Charities when financial constraints are impacting a student’s ability to focus on their studies