United Way’s “Schools Tools”

United Way of Greenville County brings together a diverse group of individuals, businesses and organizations around a shared desire to make Greenville a thriving community where everyone can have a safe, stable and successful life. Providing people with the tools and support to thrive at every stage of life creates a better community for all of us.

Giving kids the tools they need to succeed in school is the goal of United Way’s “School Tools” program, designed to give students of low-income families a great start to the school year by providing a “School Tools” brown paper bag filled with school supplies. Last year 1,856 students from 122 schools and Head Start programs in our community received backpacks and school supplies at the School Tools distribution day.

You can help! During the month of July, pick up a School Tools brown paper bag at the table near the Reception Desk. Attached to each bag will be a brief description of a student and a list of suggested school supplies that child will need. Have fun shopping and fill the brown bag with school tools. (While purchasing a backpack is not required, all donated backpacks are greatly appreciated.) Please return the backpacks and the filled bags to the Reception Desk area or to the purple collection bins located around the church by Sunday, August 6.

To find opportunities to volunteer with United Way, go to or contact Jeri Kleckley, Director of Volunteer Engagement, at (864) 331-3861.

Last year our church helped 125 children in our community by filling School Tools bags. This year, we’ve requested 150 bags. Thank you for your generosity!

— Linda Green, Missions and Affiliations Committee