Sign Up for Pack a Back Distribution Day – August 7th
Over the past years, our parishioners have generously supported the Sacred Heart Pack a Back Program, which has had a huge impact on Bay Area children. The gift of a supply-filled backpack assures that disadvantaged children in our community begin school with the necessary supplies to engage in their learning and succeed in fulfilling their dreams.
Sacred Heart distributes over 2000 backpacks filled with grade appropriate school supplies every fall for children in need. It is quite an operation! They need our help to register the customers, sort the supplies, fill the back packs and distribute them. If you like to be involved in “do good for others” projects, this is for you!
Registration Day is July 10th
Parents of students from kindergarten through senior in high school will line up at Sacred Heart Community Services to register their children to receive a backpack. The parents will be given an appointment time to pick up the backpack in August. Volunteers are needed to make sure the parents have brought all the necessary paperwork with them. Some volunteers will be inside checking the information on the computers for accuracy. Other volunteers will be directing the lines to insure a smooth flow of customers. Volunteers must be 16 years of age and up. Please contact Sue Seibert at firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to volunteer this day.
We will have a School Supplies Drive July 11th-12th and 18th-19th
Bins will be available at various locations within the parish. Please bring unused school supplies and drop them off at your convenience. Click here for a list of supplies needed.
Sorting Day is July 25th
All of the supplies will be sorted into categories. This will give the staff of Sacred Heart a quick look at what items will have to be purchased in order to fill the promised backpacks. This day is fun, chaotic, and just plain crazy! Volunteers must be 7-12 with a parent. Click here to sign up (sign-ups open Monday, July 13th).
Packing Day is August 1st
On packing day, various “assembly lines” pack grade appropriate materials into plastic bags. For example, one assembly line is packing kindergarten materials into bags while another assembly line is packing high school materials into plastic bags. It is amazing how smoothly the process works! Volunteers must be 10 years of age and older. If between 10-13, a parent must accompany them. Click here to sign up (sign-ups open Monday, June 29th, at 9 a.m.)
Distribution day is August 7th
This is a great day! The customers arrive with their children at the appointment time they were given on Registration Day. Appointment cards are verified by volunteers. The children are given the plastic bag with their grade appropriate supplies, and then they choose the backpack they want from the backpacks set out on the tables by age of the child, or from the ones hanging on the walls for the high school students. Volunteers help the selection process. It is such a gift to witness the excitement and feel the energy! Volunteers must be 15 and up. Click here to sign up (sign-ups open Monday, June 29th, at 9 a.m.)