WaterStone Bank has announced that it will once again be hosting a school supply drive this summer to benefit children served by the Sojourner Family Peace Center. The Sojourner Family Peace Center is the largest nonprofit provider of domestic violence prevention and intervention services in Wisconsin.
Returning as the Sojourner Back-to-School sponsor for the fourth year, WaterStone Bank will be collecting new backpacks, water bottles, Clorox Wipes, Ziploc Bags, and tissues at all 14 branch locations from Wednesday, August 2 through Saturday, August 12. Individuals interested in supporting the drive are encouraged to visit their local WaterStone Bank branch to drop off donations. Sojourner also has an Amazon wish list available for those who wish to donate larger items or donate virtually.
“The first day of school is such an exciting time — the promise of new ideas, new friends, and new adventures,” said Sojourner President and CEO Carmen Pitre. “For many children, it means new backpacks, notebooks, and pencils to make it through the year. But children in families fleeing domestic violence often have to leave most of their belongings behind. We’re grateful for our partnership with WaterStone Bank and the generosity of our community to bring the joy of new supplies to children who would otherwise go without. When children have the tools they need, the sky’s the limit on what they can accomplish, and the items donated in this drive will allow each child’s abilities to soar.”
Each year, Sojourner hosts a Back-to-School Drive to make sure kids are prepared for school while they are experiencing tremendous transition. Sojourner partners with MPS social workers to ensure all Sojourner families have access to the supplies that will help make their student successful.