Nearly every aspect of the Bartholomew County School Supply Assistance Program (BCSSAP) looked different in light of COVID-19.
As a critical program that provides thousands of local students with their required school supplies each year, it was imperative that BCSSAP found new ways of getting needed school supplies to children in the county.
The committee had to rethink nearly every aspect of the program. They implemented countless new measures to ensure the health and safety of every volunteer.
“This year has been a challenging year for BCSSAP, not only did the committee have to rethink supply collection and backpack distribution, but the organization that has historically packed the bags was also unable to volunteer,” said Alicia Monroe, United Way Volunteer Action Center Director.
With the first day of school looming, committee members contacted multiple organizations to fill the critical volunteer gap caused by COVID-19, and it was Toyota Material Handling that answered the call.
Toyota had already generous donated the 25,000 pencils needed for the upcoming school year, and then went above and beyond filling 32 of the required 50 volunteer slots. Thanks to the leadership and dedication from Toyota, BCSSAP was able to successfully pack more than 2,000 backpacks for Bartholomew County students in one week.
Associates from the Top 10 Campaign company also provided more than 400 handwritten notes of encouragement to local students, which accompanied their fully stocked backpacks.
“BCSSAP reached out to many organizations for volunteers and Toyota stepped up in the biggest way,” Alicia said.
TMH continues to be a tremendous community partner to United Way of Bartholomew County. Their commitment to, “Helping People Carry The Load,” is remarkable and an example of what it means to LIVE UNITED.