Back to school is just around the corner for so many children and their families. This time of year may bring some increased anxiety for vulnerable families who have financial challenges and are just barely making ends meet. At Hillsides, we are fortunate to have friends who generously remember us during this time and give in-kind donations of backpacks and school supplies for the children living on our campus. Yet, there is still so much to do for the 66 children who live with us. I would like to encourage you, the businesses and organizations you’re involved in to participate in giving back and giving students the right start to their school year. You’ll be helping the children and families we serve start on the right track to what could be a very successful academic year.
We offer school-based mental health programs at 14 different schools in the Los Angeles and Pasadena Unified School Districts, serving 108 children and their families. These clients, served by our Hillsides Family Center’s community-based programs, could absolutely use new backpacks, school supplies and assistance in getting uniforms. For families in crisis, back to school supplies may be the last thing on their mind when the need to provide the basics of food, shelter, utilities, and transportation are greater.
Will you help us lighten the burden for our vulnerable families and bring some relief this upcoming month? Monthly bus passes and grocery scrip in increments of $25 would be greatly appreciated. Visit Hillsides to learn the various ways you can help.