Every fall, Heart of West Michigan United Way collects elementary school supplies for children in the Schools of Hope Reading Program of Grand Rapids Public Schools, to make sure the students are starting the school year ready to learn. In 2015, 11,596 items with a total value of $15,765 were collected!

So, are you ready to do it again? Let's do it!

You can help, your company can help, everybody should help. Sign-up your company as a collection site or learn more, email the volunteercenter@hwmuw.org.

What can you donate, you say? Try these.

Backpacks
1” Three-Ring Binders
Spiral Notebooks
Pocket Folders
Loose-Leaf Lined Paper
Pencils and Erasers
Crayons
Colored Markers
Colored Pencils
Highlighters
White Printer Paper
Colored Printer Paper
Dry Erase Markers
Stickers

Index Cards
Glue Sticks
Small Scissors
Small Pencil Sharpeners
Pencil Boxes/bags
Tissues
Hand Sanitizer
Antibacterial Wipes
Paper Towel
Gallon/Quart Ziplock Bags
Office Supply Containers
Felt & Yarn
Page Protectors
File Folders

The collection sites are:

Heart of West Michigan United Way - 118 Commerce Ave SW, Grand Rapids, MI 49503
Drop-Off Hours: 8am-5pm

S. Abraham & Sons, Inc. 4001 Three Mile Road N.W., Grand Rapids, MI 49501
Drop-Off Hours: 8am-4pm

BioLife Plasma Services (3 Locations)
540 Center Drive, Walker, MI 49544
6331 Kenowa Ave, Grandville, MI 49418
2670 East Paris Ave SE, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Drop-Off Hours: 7am-7pm

Feyen Zylstra - 2396 Hillside Dr. NW, Grand Rapids, MI 49544
Drop-off Hours: 8am-4pm

Better Business Bureau - 2627 E Beltline Ave SE Suite 320, Grand Rapids, MI 49546
Drop-off Hours: 9am-4pm