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United Way Tools for School

Tools for SchoolFor ALICE® (Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed) and poverty-level families already struggling to afford the basics, providing necessary school supplies can be a financial hardship. United Way Tools for School is an annual school supplies drive that helps ensure students receive the tools needed for academic success. Each year, more than 70,000 items are collected by participating organizations and volunteers and distributed to more than 80 schools and community organizations serving children. 

Getting involved is as easy as 1 – 2 - 3!

  1. Organize a drive
    Reach out to family, friends, and colleagues to collect new school supplies. Items can be dropped off at locations throughout our region. Locations will be announced in early summer. Click here to register to participate and run a collection drive!

    List of supplies:
    • Backpacks
    • Band-aids
    • Binders/3-ring notebooks
    • Book covers
    • Calculators
    • Colored pencils
    • Composition notebooks
    • Construction paper
    • Crayons
    • Erasers
    • Filler paper
    • Gift cards for children's shoes/clothing
    • Glue
    • Highlighters
    • Index cards
    • Lunch boxes
    • Markers
    • Pencil cases
    • Pencils/pens
    • Pencil sharpeners
    • Personal care items (toothbrush/toothpaste)
    • Pocket folders
    • Rulers
    • Scissors
    • Spiral notebooks
    • Tape
  2. Make a donation

    Donate via our secure online payment system:


    Or checks can be sent to:
    United Way of Northern New Jersey
    P.O. Box 1948
    Morristown, NJ 07962
    Note: Make the check payable to “United Way of Northern New Jersey” with “Tools for School” on the memo line.

    You can also purchase supplies online through YouGiveGoods, an organization United Way has partnered with for this drive. Purchases will be delivered automatically to United Way. Click here to make a donation of school supplies.

  3. Sign up as a volunteer 

    Volunteers are essential to the success of this program. Tasks include counting, sorting, and organizing supplies to be distributed to organizations and schools throughout our five-county region. If you, your family, or a group you are affiliated with would like to sign up to help with the coordination and distribution of school supplies, please click here.

    For questions or to learn more, please email Lisa Galonardo or call 973.993.1160, x503.
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