United Way NELA set to launch school uniform drive

United Way of Northeast Louisiana is launching a school uniform drive.

Ready4School is a partnership with libraries across four parishes to collect school uniforms for elementary school children. The drive is set to begin on June 21, 2021, and end on July 2. After all of the drop-offs are in, United Way volunteers will sort the donated items and assist with delivery to area schools for the upcoming school year.

“We are thrilled to partner with local libraries to gather these essential items for our students,” said Jessica Hughes, United Way NELA volunteer UNITED manager.

“At United Way, we work to ensure that children are successful in elementary school, and a big part of that is equipping their families with the resources they need to be ready for school next year,” Hughes said.

Director of marketing and communications Meghan Jones says United Way has a generous community.

“United Way’s mission is to help every member of our community have an opportunity to thrive. We all benefit when a child has what they need to succeed in school. We have such a generous community, and I have no doubt that we can make a difference for these children and their families,” said Jones.

The organization says gently used children’s uniforms, new shoes, socks, belts, and backpacks are requested from the community and can be donated at the following locations:

Chatham Library
Jackson Parish Library
Lincoln Parish Library
Ollie Burns Memorial Library
Ouachita Parish Library (Main Branch)
Union Parish Library
United Way NELA (Monroe & Ruston locations)

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