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Sunday, December 27, 2009

“To Fill A Backpack” program is looking for help


We need your help!!

The “To Fill A Backpack” program is looking for help in the following areas:

#1 – We are looking for someone with graphics skills. We need someone that can design flyers, posters, brochures, etc. We are currently doing these ourselves but we feel if we get someone that is more skilled in this area it would be more beneficial to the organization. We have a couple of the items already started so a lot of the work would be upgrades to the current designs.

#2 – We are looking for Volunteers to help with the planning of fund raisers for the upcoming year. We are in the process of planning a Walk/Bike/Skate-A-Thon to be held sometime in May as possibly our kickoff fund raiser.

#3 – We are looking for Volunteers to be Town Coordinators in the following areas. 1 person in the Port Allegany area, 1 person in the Roulette area, 2 people in the Eldred area and 2 people in the Northern Potter area. If we are able to get volunteers in areas that we currently do not distribute in, we will be able to expand in to those areas also. Currently we distribute in Austin, Coudersport, Eldred, Galeton, Oswayo, Port Allegany, Roulette, Shinglehouse and Smethport.

If you are interested in helping us out with any of the above items, please contact us at 814-544-8032 or send an email to info@tofillabackpack.org.

3 comments :

Joe said...

Get in touch with Amy Thompson at 250-9144. She is very talented.

Anonymous said...

this is a wonderful program, but I know a child that is home schooled, and got a backpack. I feel these should go to children going to school, that really need it.

Andy Kulp - Director / Co-Founder said...

To the 6:01 poster...I apologize that you know of a home schooled child that received a backpack. Unfortunately we have no control over knowing who is home schooled and who goes to a public school. I agree that a home schooled child should probably not need a backpack but those children that are home schooled are not that way generally by their choice. We figure that if 90% of the bags go to the people that need them and 10% go where they probably aren't needed then we are still doing pretty good. If we could have more control over who got them and who didn't without causing any problems we would do that. We distributed I believe 372 bags this year and I'm almost definate that at least 350 of them went to where they should have. If you know of a child that needs a backpack when it comes time for another distribution (or even now I will try to get one together for them) just let me know. There are people out there that will not ask for the help so we depend on others that feel comfortable to ask for them. We will get them what they need as quickly as we can. Please feel free to contact me if you need any other information regarding the program or would like to get someone on the list for the next distribution. Also you can contact me if you would like to make a donation or you can go to our website and make a donation with your credit card. Thank you for voicing your concern.