Inter-Faith Community Services needs sponsors for its annual Ready, Set School program. Sure, summer just started but sponsors need to sign up so …
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Inter-Faith Community Services needs sponsors for its annual
Ready, Set School program.
Sure, summer just started but sponsors need to sign up so
Inter-Faith can provide a new outfit, school supplies and a
backpack all the children of needy families signed up for the
Last year, the program helped more than 625 children be ready to
start school on opening day. Maria Pearson, Inter-Faith community
relations coordinator, said requests to be part of the program are
up 25 percent and, considering the tough economy, that number could
grow. Unfortunately, at the same time, donations are down about 40
The program isn’t new. For 17 years, it was the Pack-to-School
program. But last year, Inter-Faith had to find another name
because another organization at a copyright on the Pack-to-School
So, while the program is basically unchanged, the name is now
Ready, Set School. Additionally, Inter-Faith reaches out to needy
children who may not get in on the Ready, Set, School program. Last
year, for example, in addition to the 625 in the program,
Inter-Faith provided backpacks and school supplies to about 475
children and then reached out to an additional 200 children with
There is no way to underestimate the impact the program has on a
child. For example, a child who was part of last year’s program
wrote to Inter-Faith to thank everyone for the gifts. She noted her
family struggles to provide school supplies for her and her two
brothers. She said she was embarrassed to do it but she usually
just borrowed supplies from her friends. She also noted she planned
to use the gift card she was given to get her second real hair
Inter-Faith Community Services seeks to help as many children as
possible. The organization works closely with Englewood, Littleton,
Sheridan and Douglas County schools to help identify families who
could benefit from the program. Additional names are submitted by
churches and by the families.
Pearson said she knows the state of the economy and she said any
donation of money or school supplies helps meet what seems to be an
For information on the program or to become a sponsor, send
donations to Inter-Faith at 3370 S. Irving St., Englewood,
80110-1816 or call them at 303-789-0501.
The Ready, Set School Program is for kindergartners through
eighth-graders. Each child receives that all-important new outfit,
complete with underwear and socks, for the first day of school, a
full complement of school supplies and a new backpack.
The backpacks are assembled at Inter-Faith headquarters in late
July and early August so children can pick them up the week before
Annually, the programs get support from individuals but there
are also organizations that are donors. Again this year, banks,
service clubs and businesses like Bradford Auto in Littleton have
stepped up to help kids get school started on the right foot.
Inter-faith provides donors a profile of each child being
sponsored. The profile includes the child’s name, age, clothing
sizes, favorite color and hobbies. Donors can either shop for the
child or provide the money for Inter-Faith volunteers to do the
Inter-Faith Community Services is the largest non-governmental
agency helping needy individuals, families and seniors in the south
Metro Area including Centennial, Englewood, Highlands Ranch, Lone
Tree, Sheridan and unincorporated Arapahoe County.
The outreach is designed to help people become self-sufficient
Programs include a food bank, clothing bank, rental, mortgage and
utility assistance, outreach programs for seniors and, of course,
the Ready, Set School program.
The organization also assembles and distributes hundreds of food
boxes at Thanksgiving and enlists sponsors to provide gifts and
food to needy families at Christmas.
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