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From Backpacks to Everyday School Supplies

All the gear they'll need for that first day of the 2015-2016 school year

Each summer, HCEF holds a backpack and school-supply distribution benefitting children experiencing homelessness in Allegheny County. Distribution day will be August 21st, 2015. Staff and volunteers from HCEF will load thousands of backpacks filled with school supplies onto schoolbuses to deliver to homeless provider agencies across the county. This multi-pronged effort ensures that on that important first day of school, all children and youths living in supportive housing for families have a brand new backpack of their choice - one that is filled with the required educational supplies appropriate to their age.

Want to get involved? If you need a collection box, or are interested in volunteering to sort/count/pack supplies, get in touch with our Volunteer Coordinator at

We need all donations to be in by August 12th. (Before August 7th, donation drop-offs can be scheduled at the HCEF office. After August 7th, donations should be dropped off at the sorting facility on the South Side. Contact Carrie at for more details.)

Download the flyer.


Photos from last year's event:

Gear for Grades 2014
Gear for Grades 2013
Gear for Grades 2012


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Homeless Children's Education Fund • 2020 Smallman Street - Second Floor • Pittsburgh, PA 15222
Phone (412) 562-0154 • Fax (412) 562-1109 •
The Homeless Children's Education Fund is a registered 501(c)(3) not-for-profit organization with United Way Donor Option #963315.
Donations are tax deductible in accordance with IRS rules and regulations. The official registration and financial information of the Homeless
Children's Education Fund may be obtained from the Pennsylvania Department of State by calling toll free within Pennsylvania, 1-800-732-0999.
Registration does not imply endorsement.