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From Backpacks to Everyday School Supplies

All the gear they'll need for that first day of the 2014-2015 school year

Gear for Grades, a collaboration between Citizens Bank and HCEF, is a yearly backpack and school-supply distribution benefitting children experiencing homelessness in Allegheny County.

Tuesday, August 19, 2013 was backpack delivery day! Staff and volunteers from HCEF loaded 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.

For More Media Coverage of Gear for Grades 2014, see our News Page

Interested in donating or receiving school supplies for Gear for Grades 2015? Contact Carrie at

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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.