GREENVILLE, S.C. — More than 3,000 Greenville County students will start the school year with new backpacks stocked with free school supplies thanks to supporters of United Way of Greenville County’s annual School Tools project.
For 19 years, United Way has offered the program to Greenville County as a way to support education and financial stability for families by alleviating some of the financial burden felt at the beginning of a new school year.
“Many families in our community are struggling to make ends meet, so when back-to-school time arrives, the excitement for a new school year can be crushed by the extra pressure on the family budget,” said United Way of Greenville County President and CEO Meghan Barp. “We are inspired by and grateful for the generous donors and volunteers who have stepped up to ease that burden for families and ensure all Greenville County students have a great start to the school year.”
Families visited one of four locations across the county on Saturday to receive the supplies from United Way volunteers. Host sites included Freetown Community Center in Greenville, Center for Community Services in Simpsonville, Victor Park Gym in Greer and Foothills Family Resource Center in the North Greenville area.
More than 100 local companies donated backpacks and supplies, and many more individual donors contributed financial gifts to purchase additional supplies. Nearly 300 volunteers assisted in sorting and distributing this year’s donations.
Families who were unable to attend a School Tools distribution event are encouraged to contact their child’s school for information on how to access additional supplies.
Thank you to the following companies for their generous support of School Tools:
Action Research Corporation
AECOM Technical Services, Inc.
Allen Tate Realtors
Arthur J. Gallagher Risk Management Services, Inc.
B2B Media, LLC
BASF Corporation – Mauldin
Bausch + Lomb
BE&K Building Group
Belk, Inc. Southern Division – Haywood Mall
Bennett Equipment & Supply Co., Inc.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices C. Dan Joyner REALTORS – Garlington Road Office
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices C. Dan Joyner REALTORS – Simpsonville Office
BMW Manufacturing Co, LLC
Bon Secours St. Francis Health System
Brown & Brown of SC Inc.
Canal Insurance Company
Carolinas Telco FCU
Cass Information Systems, Inc., Telecom Services Division
Clemson Data Sigma Pi Fraternity
ClineHose & Hydraulics, LLC
Coldwell Banker Caine
CPI Security Systems
Design Strategies, LLC
EuroKera North America, Inc.
First Baptist Church, Greenville
Ford Motor Credit
FUEL – Digital Marketing & Branding
G3 Real Estate Services, LLC dba Goldsmith Company
Gallivan, White & Boyd, P.A.
Godshall Professional Recruiting & Staffing
Greenville Chapter of Medical Assistants
Greenville Civitan Group
Greenville Country Club
Greenville County Library System
Greenville County Schools
Greenville Health System
Greenville Health System – Finance Department
Greenville Technical College
Greenwood Genetic Center
HomeTrust Bank – Pelham road
HomeTrust Bank – Woodruff Road
Hubbell Lighting, Inc.
Industrial Project Innovation (IPI), LLC
Integrated Power Services, LLC
J. Freeman & Associates
JHM Enterprises, Inc.
JTEKT North America Corporation
Keller Williams Greenville Central
Lockheed Martin Aeronatuics Greenville
LS3P Associates LTD.
Marsh USA Inc
Mauldin Civitan Group
Meals on Wheels of Greenville, Inc.
Meridian Marketing Media
NAI Earle Furman
Nelson Mullins Riley & Scarborough LLP
NETXUSA, An Ingram Micro Company
Ogletree, Deakins, Nash, Smoak & Stewart, P.C.
Pleasantburg Family Dentistry
Propel HR, Inc.
Regional Management Corporation
Resurgent Capital Services
Smith Moore Leatherwood LLP
Solvay Specialty Polymers
South State Bank
The Blood Connection, Incorporated
The Reynolds Company
Thomas McAfee Funeral Home
UBS Financial Services, Inc.
United Community Bank
United Health Group
Upcountry History Museum
UPS Inside Sales Division
Vann & Liv
Womble Bond Dickinson