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Human Services Department Seeks Donations for 2019 “Back to School” Program

New backpacks, gift cards and/or cash donations welcome

Post Date:07/24/2019 12:00 PM

Director of Human Services Elaine Daignault announced today that the Town of Westport’s annual Back to School Program is currently seeking donations of new backpacks, gift cards (Staples Office Supply, Walmart, and/or Target) and/or cash donations to benefit income-eligible Westport families.  

Thanks to the generosity of our community, the Department of Human Services is able to provide discreet assistance to income-eligible families who want to give their children the best possible start to their academic school year.  Cash and gift card donations ensure that parents can share in the excitement of back to school shopping with their children and donors can be confident that 100% of their donations directly benefit their Westport neighbors.”  Ms. Daignault stated, “There is a growing number of Westport families facing the burden of financial hardships in town and back to school time can be particularly stressful on a family budget.   

The number of back to school program beneficiaries has grown each year.   Last fall community donations offered 181 income-eligible Westport students with school supplies.  Local donations from community members, coupled with a limited number of Walmart gift cards supplies by the Salvation Army, provide an essential resource to families in need.  The Back to School Program depends solely upon the generosity of community individuals and organizations. 

Tax-deductible monetary donations made payable to “Family Programs Fund” (memo: Backpacks) may be mailed to Department of Human Services, 110 Myrtle Avenue (Room 200), Westport, CT 06880.  Donors may also choose to bring a new backpack and/or gift cards directly to the Human Services Department office in Town Hall, 100 Myrtle Avenue, Room 200, Monday through Friday between 9 am to 4 pm through the week of August 12. For your convenience, we now have an online donation portal at https://www.westportct.gov/government/departments-a-z/human-services.  Click on “We Care Westport”, Family-to-Family button, drop down to seasonal program, Back to School.

Westport families who may qualify for this program are encouraged to contact the Department of Human Services at 203-341-1050.  If you have any questions regarding this program, please call 203-341-1050 or email emilton@westportct.gov.

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