Allegheny County Executive Dan Onorato has announced 11 collection sites throughout Allegheny County for “Gear for Grades,” an effort to collect and distribute school supplies to underprivileged and homeless children in the region.
”We're happy to join Citizens Bank and its partners in this annual drive to help disadvantaged children prepare for the new school year,” said Mr. Onorato. “Allegheny County serves thousands of families each year through our Department of Human Services. Unfortunately, more and more need assistance each year. We believe all children, regardless of financial status, deserve to feel the happiness and excitement of going back to school. This program provides that opportunity.”
The public is asked to bring new school supplies to any of the following locations: the County Executive's Office in Room 101 of the County Courthouse at 436 Grant Street; the Department of Real Estate in Room 101 of the County Office Building at 542 Forbes Avenue; the Marriage License & Passport Office on the first floor of the City-County Building at 414 Grant Street; the lobby of the Human Services Building at One Smithfield Street; and the Boyce, Hartwood, North, Round Hill, Settler's Cabin, South and White Oak park offices. Collection boxes will be available weekdays between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. through Wednesday, Aug. 13.
On August 18, Gear for Grades partners will gather at Citizens Bank's Downtown Pittsburgh headquarters to load the 3,800 backpacks filled with school supplies onto two school buses for distribution to Allegheny County homeless shelters.
The program is sponsored by Citizens Bank, the Homeless Children's Education Fund, Renda Broadcasting's WJAS-AM and WPTT-AM, and Giant Eagle. Citizens Bank will also distribute backpacks to homeless shelters and social service agencies in Beaver, Butler, Erie, Washington and Westmoreland counties.