Back to School Supply Drive


We need YOUR help!

Did you know? Many students in our local community lack the essential school supplies to start off the school year. Studies show that poverty has a particularly adverse effect on the academic outcomes of children, especially during early childhood. Chronic stress associated with living in poverty has been shown adversely to affect children’s concentration and memory which may impact their ability to learn.
But with YOUR support we can help prepare students to be successful in school by providing them with needed materials. 
It only cost $20 to provide one student with the essential school supplies which include the following:
#2 Pencils, Pens, Markers, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Highlighters, Pencil Sharpeners, Erasers, 3-Ring Binders,  Loose Leaf Paper, Spiral Notebooks, Dividers, Pocket Folders, Rulers, Blunt Tip Scissors, Glue Sticks, Index Card     
Whether you decide to donate $5, $20, or $35 COLLECTIVELY we can make an impact!                                                                                            


Ways to participate in the Drive:

To Donate Money: 

Click Here to donate now

Checks: Please make checks payable to Arrowhead United Way and mail to the address listed below.


To Donate Supplies:

Contact our office to schedule a drop-off time or bring your donations to our office located at:

646 North D Street, San Bernardino, CA 92401

Office hours: Monday-Friday, 8 am - 4 pm

Office number: 909-884-9441


Organize a group drive:
  • Church Communities
Place an announcement in your bulletin and collect backpacks after services.
  • Employee Contest
Conduct an employee drive and award prizes to the department who collects the most for the kids.
  • Get Your Family Involved
Ask your extended family to support your personal backpack drive and when you drop the backpacks off, bring the whole family along with you for a group photo.
  • Small Business Owners
Charity-based marketing is a proven winner. Place a box in your business to collect backpacks and watch your customers respond to your generosity and community activism.
Arrowhead United Way will be sorting and assembling the donated school supplies in August if you would like to volunteer to help please email



Please help us spread the word about our backpack drive. Share the downloadable documents (below) with your teams, email to your network list, share on social media. The more people and organizations we have collecting backpacks and school supplies, the more children we can serve in our community. 

Download a Backpack Drive Flyer


backpack Drive 8.5 x 11 Flyer pdf