The Issue: Access to School Supplies
In 2009, more than 21% of residents in Kansas City, MO lived below the poverty line, according to data from City-Data, meaning they did not always have enough money to fund basic necessities such as food and rent. With the new school year starting in a few months, these families will have to scrape their resources together to pay for required school supplies. In 2010, families paid an average of $96 for back-to-school supplies such as pencils and paper, according to a report from ABC News.
The Campaign: Distribute Backpacks to Local Kids in Need
All donations to this Grassroots campaign will be used by Child Abuse Prevention Association (CAPA) to help prepare children for the new school year. For every $400 raised, CAPA can purchase 80 backpacks and distribute them to local students as part of its Back to School Bash. Each $5 donation will allow CAPA to purchase and distribute a backpack to one student.
The Back to School Bash regularly provides school supplies for children in need. During last year's bash, CAPA received a donation of 15 backpacks; with so few to hand out, the backpacks were added as prizes on the game table. The organization was humbled to see that children chose the backpacks before the games and toys. For this year's bash, CAPA hopes to provide each child in attendance with a backpack to increase their excitement and confidence about the upcoming school year.
Child Abuse Prevention Association
When it was founded in 1975, CAPA ran a crisis and information hotline, but quickly expanded to include treatment programs for survivors of child abuse. Today it serves children and families with three levels of programming—education, family support, and counseling services—all designed to prevent and treat child abuse. The programs help strengthen family relationships through problem solving and communication-based activities, and reinforce self-esteem through educational presentations. Art therapy, play therapy, and individual counseling are all available for children who have experienced trauma or been abused, and a women's empowerment group provides enrichment for adult survivors of abuse.