As children across the United States prepared to head back to school, Domtar participated in a national school supply drive to benefit children in need. Our colleagues also took part in local school supply drives to ensure students have what they need to succeed in class.
Funding a National School Supply Drive
Domtar donated $100,000 to the Office Depot Foundation National Backpack Program, which helps students across the country get the school supplies they need.
Of the 100,000 backpacks distributed nationwide, 3,000 were distributed to nonprofit organizations and schools in the Charlotte, North Carolina, area during a special back-to-school celebration. This event was held in August at Classroom Central, a regional education nonprofit.
Greg Strand, Domtar’s director of sales and office supply, and Kathy Wholley, Domtar’s senior director of corporate communications, participated in the event, which also featured local government officials and other special guests.
“Each year, Domtar’s generous donation makes a tremendous difference in the lives of thousands of children here in the Charlotte area and nationwide,” said Mary Wong, president of the Office Depot Foundation. “Domtar’s ongoing support helps give children in need the essential tools for success at the start of the school year.”
Classroom Central has participated in the Office Depot Foundation National Backpack Program for the past several years, and Domtar has partnered with Classroom Central for more than a decade to provide free school supplies to educators working in high-poverty schools.
The award-winning National Backpack Program school supply drive was founded in 2000. By the end of 2017, the program will have given away more than 4 million backpacks and sackpacks filled with school supplies to nonprofit organizations, schools and agencies across the United States.
Contributing to Local School Supply Drives
In addition to our monetary donation to the Office Depot Foundation, Domtar colleagues at sites around North America contributed a variety of school supplies to local projects designed to help low-income kids get ready for school.
Team members at our Dallas converting facility donated supplies to the Irving Independent School District’s Supplies for Success Drive, helping students in the district have what they need to start the school year off right.
A school supply drive at Domtar’s corporate offices in Fort Mill, South Carolina, brought in hundreds of items to be distributed to children across the region through Classroom Central, which is a resource for educators in several school districts.
In nearby Rock Hill, South Carolina, colleagues at our converting facility contributed a wide variety of school supplies to the Palmetto School at the Children’s Attention Home, which serves neglected, abused and homeless children in the area.
Employees at the Greenville, North Carolina, Personal Care facility organized a friendly competition among departments for a school supply drive. Colleagues donated items and money to purchase supplies. When all the donations were in, the facility contributed nearly 5,000 individual items to help students in Pitt County Schools.
At the Johnsonburg Mill in Pennsylvania, colleagues focused their contributions on keeping students germ-free and healthy. The mill team donated dozens of boxes of tissues and sanitary wipes to area classrooms. Teachers, who often have to purchase these items out of their own pockets, were grateful to have the donations.
At the Kamloops Mill in British Columbia, employees gave money and new or gently used books for children to the Bright Red Book Shelf, which serves area families. Their donation drive continues into mid-September.
Team members at our Personal Care facility in Delaware, Ohio, raised money and contributed supplies to benefit students served by the Boys & Girls Club of Marion County.
In Wisconsin, the Nekoosa Mill held its annual Stuff the Bus school supply drive to support the United Way of Inner Wisconsin’s back-to-school efforts. Colleagues helped distribute the supplies at a Stuff the Desk event in August.
Also in Wisconsin, Rothschild Mill EarthChoice Ambassadors partnered with the United Steel Workers Women of Steel to host a school supply drive to benefit the United Way’s Fill a Backpack, Fill a Need program (FABFAN). As a result, FABFAN was able to provide new school supplies to more than 6,000 eligible students in Marathon County.
Plymouth Mill colleagues collected supplies in a local Tools for Schools drive, benefitting children in North Carolina’s Washington County.
Colleagues at our converting facility in Washington Court House, Ohio, donated supplies for students in Washington Court House City Schools and the Miami Trace Local School District.
Domtar continues to support efforts that put books in kids’ hands, paper in their classrooms and other supplies in their backpacks to help them succeed at school and in life.