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Help 200 Children in Marin County Get Backpacks and School Supplies

It's the beginning of a new school year, and low-income students in Marin need your help! Ritter Center's Back to School Backpack campaign will help provide 200 young students in Marin County from low-income families with new backpacks and school supplies for this new school year. Widespread job losses drastically affected household income for those who were already struggling economically prior to the pandemic.

“Many individuals and families in Marin County have had to choose between paying rent or buying food in order to stay housed. For those already on the brink of experiencing homelessness, buying school supplies for students returning to school are not within the budget of many families this year. School supplies have always been expensive, but COVID-19 has raised the prices of many things, and backpacks, pens, pencils and crayons are no exception,” said Mark Shotwell, Executive Director of Ritter Center. “Education is the key to breaking the cycle of poverty. Let’s work to put backpacks and school supplies in the hands of kids who need them.”

Ritter Center's Back to School Backpack campaign is designed to raise $10,000 in order to provide the necessary items for children to be successful in school this year. Due to COVID-19 health protocols, Ritter Center will not be accepting or distributing backpacks in person. Instead, Ritter Center will distribute $50 gift cards per school-age child to families in need, so children can personally select backpacks and essential school supplies. Donations in any amount are accepted online or by mail to Ritter Center Backpack Program, PO Box 3517, San Rafael, CA 94912.

About Ritter Center

Based in San Rafael, Ritter Center's mission is to prevent and resolve homelessness and improve the health and well-being of people living in poverty in Marin by providing culturally sensitive, easily accessible, high-quality medical care and social services. People in need can visit Ritter Center's Federally Qualified Health Center (FQHC) and receive high-quality medical and mental health care regardless of their ability to pay. Ritter Center’s highly trained team combines national clinical best practices with a whole-person care approach to solving each person’s health, food, and housing needs. With over 40 years of experience, Ritter Center has built industry-leading knowledge and collaborative partnerships with county agencies, health partners, and like-minded organizations to help people overcome barriers to aid and create complete support solutions that sustainably improve people’s lives.

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