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Back-to-School Brigade delivers for area kids

1,000 backpacks donated to schools in Baltimore and surrounding counties
March 5, 2021

The United Way Ben Center Bus added some miles last week visiting generous companies that donated back-to-school supplies to us, including CareFirst BlueCross Blue Shield, Fidelity & Guaranty Life, Gilbane Building Company, Miles & Stockbridge, and OneMain Financial.

First stop: Gilbane Building Company in Locust Point. The company built Fort Worthington Elementary/Middle School and Frederick Elementary School in the city, so student success is a cause near and dear to their hearts.

Then it was on to…Fidelity & Guaranty Life, where Mike Markett, Director of IT Infrastructure, echoed the sentiments of many of our corporate donors: They want to give back to the neighborhoods they’re based and do work in.

And at our final stop: Miles & Stockbridge’s Dana Gloor, Principal, noted that having the right resources is an integral part of ensuring that students are prepared and ready to learn when the school year begins. (She’s right. Research shows that first few weeks of school are crucial to a student’s academic success later in the year.) We’re pleased to donate backpacks and school supplies to area students again this year.

At last, our bus full of backpacks, notebooks, binders, pencils, markers, and more pulled up to the entrance of Van Bokkelen Elementary School in Severn, where volunteers unloaded supplies and packed them into donated backpacks that were distributed to area students and their families.

An A+++ for Results!

  • 1,000 backpacks donated to schools in Baltimore City and the surrounding counties
  • 650 school uniforms purchased
  • 85 volunteers packed backpacks with supplies
  • 4,000 lunchboxes donated by Under Armour
  • 50 local companies ran school supply drives

Thank you to all who made this year’s back to school efforts a huge success! (Full list below).

Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated
Ballard Spahr
Baxter, Baker, Sidle, Conn & Jones, P.A.
Benjamin, England, and Associates
Claire Polites - Harford county
Cummins Sales & Service
E & S Construction Engineers, Inc.
Eaton Corporation
Edwards Performance Solutions
Enterprise fleet management
Fidelity & Guaranty Life
First National Bank
Forever Mike Forever 19
Frederick Ward Associates
Gannett Fleming, Inc.
Gilbane Building Company
Goodell DeVries
The Home Depot
Indian Creek School
Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth
Johns Hopkins Medicine Diversity Council
Johns Hopkins Community Physicians
Johns Hopkins Health System
Johns Hopkins HealthCare LLC.
Junior League of Annapolis
M & T Bank
Maryland Legal Aid
McNamee Hosea
Miles & Stockbridge
Montgomery Park Building
Murthy Law Firm
Old Mill Cafe
OneMain Financial
Ourisman Chrysler, Dodge, Jeep, Ram of Clarksville
Ourisman Group
Pier 1 Imports
Red Hawk Fire & Security
S3 Shared Service Solutions
Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr
Schochor, Federico & Staton, P.A.
Shawe Rosenthal
Silverman, Thompson, Slutkin, and White
Southern Glazer's Wine & Spirits
Stanley Black and Decker
T. Rowe Price Global Trading
Under Armour
Venable LLP
Wayward Steakhouse


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