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United Way Tools For School

Preparing Students For Success

No child should grow up without access to the resources and opportunity to meet their potential. School supplies have gotten more expensive -- rising to an average $80 per child annually, according to inflation data. For ALICE families and those in poverty struggling to afford basics, such as rent and food, providing necessary back-to-school supplies is an added financial hardship. 


Our latest ALICE research shows that that nearly 790,000 New Jersey children — 41% — live in financially insecure households. These families often face difficult trade-offs that can affect a child’s health, education and future well-being.


Join with our community on United Way Tools For School and help ensure 8,000 local students in need receive the tools for academic success. Through volunteer efforts and donations, you can help thousands of elementary, middle, and high school students get off to the right start.


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