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August 26, 2015

40,000 Low-Income SF School Children To Recieve Supplies

City-Led/Private Partnership to Provide 40,000 Low-Income San Francisco School Children with 2.6 Million Dollars of School and Hygiene Supplies Over Next Three Years

SAN FRANCISCO, CALIFORNIA - Mayor Lee’s approval of $270,000 this year leads the partnership with the City and County of San Francisco, San Francisco Unified School District, Target and other businesses that will benefit more than 40,000 of our city’s students. The nonprofit organization K to College kicked off their distribution of school supply kits to all 250 students at El Dorado Elementary School with the Superintendent, Mayor’s Office, Target and other elected officials. The effort will also provide essential materials to students experiencing homelessness.

San Francisco Unified Superintendent Richard Carranza, Senior Advisor on Education and Family Services to Mayor Edwin Lee and School Board Member Hydra Mendoza, K to College Executive Director Benito Delgado-Olson, VP of Target Stores Meredith Klausner, and more than a dozen Target volunteers were on hand to distribute the donated supplies to the school’s excited students. Each guest spoke to the school about the importance of education and ensuring that all kids receive basic materials like those included in K to College’s school supply and dental kits.

“As a member of K to College’s Advisory Board, I’ve watched this organization grow to assist hundreds of thousands children and youth throughout California,” remarked Superintendent Carranza. “This great expansion to serve more than 40,000 San Francisco students over the next three years, making the district the single greatest beneficiary of the program, is a testament to what we can accomplish for our kids when we work together. I thank Target, the City, K to College and all involved for this tremendous partnership.”

“This program is an excellent example of public private partnership working together with our non-profit community to support our youth,” said Hydra Mendoza, Senior Advisor on Education and Family Services for Mayor Edwin M. Lee. “Working with the school district, Target, other business leaders, and K to College, we were able to find an efficient solution to ensure our most vulnerable students receive essential supplies as they begin the new school year. Mayor Lee thanks everyone involved for this great benefit for our City’s kids.”M

“This is a tremendous step forward for San Francisco public school children,” said Benito Delgado-Olson, Executive Director of K to College. “We are most grateful to the Mayor, the Superintendent, the City, Target, the school district and all involved for their role in making this vision a reality. The challenge for us will be to take this success in San Francisco and apply it to other children and youth in need elsewhere, particularly the state’s 300,000 homeless children and youth.” This will be the first year K to College serves children in every county in California.

By working with key partners and serving kids throughout the state, the organization is able to achieve tremendous economies of scale and centralize in-kind gifts, dramatically reducing costs. In San Francisco, the result is an ability to provide each student served by the program with a kit containing $65-70 of basic supplies at approximately one-third of the cost, with similar savings on other materials. The kits include items such as white boards, binders, paper, writing utensils, art supplies and other materials. The dental kits include a bilingual pamphlet and will be coupled with oral health education programs.

About Target:

Minneapolis-based Target Corporation (NYSE: TGT) serves guests at 1,799 stores and at Target.com. Since 1946, Target has given 5 percent of its profit to communities, that giving equals more than $4 million a week. For more information, visit Target.com/Pressroom. For a behind-the-scenes look at Target, visit Target.com/abullseyeview or follow @TargetNews on Twitter.

August 24, 2015

K2C, Oaklandish & GSB Bring Smiles to Oakland School

K2C, Oaklandish and Give Something Back Bring Smiles to Oakland School with New Oaklandish Backpack and Supplies

OAKLAND, CA - It was a great day Monday as the K to College team partnered with Oakland Councilmember Annie Campbell Washington, OUSD School Boardmember Nina Senn, the Office of Mayor Libby Schaaf, Oaklandish, Give Something Back Office Supplies, The Oakland Police Department, City of Oakland, and Oakland Firefighters Random Acts to distribute brand new Oaklandish backpacks and $65 school supply kits to each student at Horace Mann Elementary in Oakland. Thanks to all who joined to make this a successful event!

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August 23, 2015

5th Annual Berkeley Volunteer Event

BERKELEY, CALIFORNIA - 225 Volunteers gathered at the International House in Berkeley to assemble 3,500 school supply kits and 6,000 dental kits for low-income kids in Berkeley and the surrounding region. The materials are valued at $250,000. This event was supported by Target, Kaiser Permanente, Give Something Back Office Supplies, the City of Berkeley and Berkeley Lions Club. Volunteers joined from each sponsoring organization, a local fraternity (Delta Upsilon) and the general community.

News Coverage by ABC 7 News KOFY

May 31, 2015

Volunteers Gather In San Diego To Pack Kits For Homeless

SAN DIEGO, CALIFORNIA – More than five hundred volunteers packed into the Scottish Rite Events Center today to prepare school supply kits and dental hygiene kits for 10,000 homeless kids throughout San Diego County and Southern California. The event was coordinated by the Oakland-based nonprofit organization K to College, who planned the event to both help local homeless kids and to draw attention to the need for basic material needs assistance for the more than 22,000 homeless kids attending San Diego public schools and the nearly 300,000 homeless kids throughout the state.

Many local leaders volunteered at the event, including several members of the Office of Speaker of the Assembly Toni Atkins. Speaker Atkins said of the event, “Young people facing poverty and homelessness are dealing with challenges that make it harder for them to concentrate in class and obtain a good education. K to College helps make their lives easier by giving them simple items like paper, pencils, and art supplies that other students might take for granted. I am thrilled to join the volunteers assembling these kits so that hundreds of San Diego children will have access to the materials they need to help them succeed in school.”

K to College Founder & Executive Director Benito Delgado-Olson said that the nonprofit received an overwhelming response from the San Diego community in support of the volunteer event, but he emphasized that K to College and similar charitable efforts are still far from being able to fully address the basic material needs of California’s homeless children & youth. “San Diego’s response in terms of volunteerism is outstanding and their hard work and sweat will benefit 10,000 homeless kids throughout the region,” said Delgado-Olson. “But it’s important to remember that there are still several tens of thousands of homeless kids across our state that don’t have floss, a decent pair of shoes or a backpack.”

Major sponsors of today’s event included Target, Huawei Technologies, WD-40, Hitachi and Give Something Back Office Supplies. The supplies were also in part funded by the School Supplies for Homeless Children Fund, which receives funds through donations on individuals’ personal state income returns. The Fund was created by legislation in 2012 and generates a little more than $325,000 annually. K to College says this is significant, as it along with a corporate match will enable the program to donate something to every county in the state, but notes that with 297,617 homeless students identified in public schools last year, there is still a large gap to be closed.

Currently, K to College and the California State PTA have cosponsored Senate Bill 636, which is authored by State Senator Carol Liu (Los Angeles) and more than a dozen coauthors, including local Assemblymember Shirley Weber as the principal coauthor. The bill articulates a state policy enabling social services to partner with nonprofits to distribute basic materials through school district social workers and also requires matching private contributions.

On Saturday evening, K to College kicked off the weekend volunteer event by gathering numerous state and local leaders with the backdrop of more than 70 pallets of school supplies and more than a dozen 40-foot long assembly lines. Guests included Speaker Atkins, Assemblywoman Shirley Weber, San Diego County Office of Education Superintendent Randolph Ward, and San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten.

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Above:(1) Volunteers of All Ages, (2) College Students, (3) Carting Boxes (4) Great Volunteers, (5) 500 Volunteers

May 30, 2015

State Leaders Speak at San Diego Reception to Support K to College

This fall, K to College is partnering with hundreds of school districts throughout California to distribute school supply kits, dental hygiene kits and other materials to homeless children and youth. With the backdrop of countless pallets of materials staged for the following day’s volunteers, this reception was an opportunity to thank K to College's sponsors and raise awareness of K to College's goal–to build a statewide supply bank (like a food bank, but materials) that can meet the basic material needs of our state’s 297,000 homeless kids and other low-income children and youth where possible.

The San Diego Reception was a celebration of this effort and a kickoff of the following day's assembly event, where five hundred volunteers assembled more than 10,000 school supply and dental hygiene kits. Special guests included Speaker of the California State Assembly Toni Atkins, Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber, County Superintendent Dr. Randolph E. Ward, San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten, and Give Something Back Office Supplies Founder & President Mike Hannigan.

Above: (1) Mike Hannigan, President & Founder Give Something Back Office Supplies, (2) Speaker of the California State Assembly Toni Atkins, (3) Special Guests & Speakers with K to College Executive Director Benito Delgado-Olson, (4) San Diego Unified School District Superintendent Cindy Marten, (5) Assemblymember Dr. Shirley Weber

May 14, 2015

Santa Clara Weekly Highlights Silicon Valley Volunteer Event

K to College Assembles Kits for Needy Children

By Monica KcKenzie, Santa Clara Weekly

More than 20,000 children in the Bay Area identify themselves as homeless. In Santa Clara County alone, over 4,500 youth are living without shelter and basic comforts, making it nearly impossible for families to provide their kids with basic needs.

On May 9, nearly 400 volunteers for K to College arrived at the Santa Clara Convention center to assemble 10,000 school and dental hygiene kits that will be distributed locally. The non­profit organization ­ with sponsorships from Huawei Technologies, Target, Kaiser Permanente, Give Something Back Office Supplies and SummerHill Housing ­ purchased between $60 and $65 in school supplies for each kit, more than $500,000 in total, geared toward pre­K through fifth graders.

May 14, 2015

Volunteer - Assist With San Diego Event Set-up

Event Set-Up Volunteers Needed - San Diego Kit Assembly Event For Homeless Kids

We invite you to help us prepare for our K to College Assembly Event. Set-up will take place in the Scottish Rite Event Center on May 30th, the day before the main event, and we need all of the hands we can get. We will set-up tables, chairs, signage, and boxes in preparation for the next day in which volunteers will assemble over 10,000 education and dental kits, and basic material needs for distribution to homeless students throughout San Diego County.

Please register to help set-up by using the form on this page so we have an accurate volunteer count. Free t-shirts, water and snacks will be provided. We look forward to seeing you there!

Register Here: https://sandiegosetup2015.eventbrite.com

April 10, 2015

K to College is Building a Supply Bank

K to College is building a statewide supply bank, similar to a food bank, as a sustainable nonprofit solution to efficiently and systematically provide basic material needs assistance to all homeless and other under-resourced kids. This collaborative project involves manufacturers, several public agencies, corporate partners and more than 200 school districts and county offices of education.

Children Go Without Basic Material Needs Met

During the 2013-2014 school year, nearly 297,000 children and youth enrolled in California public schools were identified as homeless according to the California Department of Education (CDE). Based on academic research, a survey of more than 200 school district homeless liaisons and our own experiences with school districts that represent more than 90% of this population, we can conclude that the basic material needs of these children and youth are largely unmet. These are kids attending school without school supplies, clean clothes, the ability to brush their teeth and other symptoms of basic material needs going unmet.

While there are several actions needed to alleviate the many hardships faced by homeless children, the lack or absence of basic material needs assistance, which additionally impacts other impoverished kids, reflects the overwhelming need for one piece of the puzzle. Not discrediting the numerous community supply drives and like-minded efforts throughout California and the United States each year, they are in large part isolated to one particular community and thus lack scalability. Additionally, nearly all of these efforts do not coordinate with school districts, which are the only entities that can systematically distribute to those children and youth most in need.

Above: California's K-12 homeless population by county. Los Angeles County accounts for roughly one-fifth of the state's total with more than 67,000 homeless children and youth. In total, there were just under 297,000 kids statewide and likely more than 300,000 when accounting for children in the 0-5 age range.

The Need to Build a Statewide Supply Bank and How It Reaches Kids Throughout the State

What is needed for California to meet the basic material needs of children and youth is a statewide supply bank, similar to a food bank, which can efficiently and systematically provide assistance to all homeless and other under-resourced kids by working with local school districts and county offices of education. Food Banks were created to serve as a centralized distribution hub that could achieve economies of scale and simplify the process for farmers, government agencies and other parties to fight hunger, while also sending food to organizations on the front lines of hunger such as soup kitchens, shelters, churches and other organizations.

K to College’s supply bank will serve as the central distribution hub, with school districts and domestic violence shelters serving as front line organizations that systematically distribute to kids most in-need. Moving in this direction, K to College has partnered with more than 200 school districts and county offices of education establishing the statewide structure to systematically provide every homeless child with basic material needs assistance.

As required by the U.S. McKinney-Vento Homeless Assistance Act, each school district designates at least one McKinney-Vento (homeless) liaison. Often the point person(s) for our program coordination and planning, each liaison identifies homeless children enrolled in their district and is responsible for distributing goods, referring services and other support measures. To identify preschool-aged children we work with County First 5 Commissions, who can identify the best programs and/or shelters. Although eligible, children and youth residing in domestic violence shelters are not identified through the McKinney-Vento law, as their privacy is critical. Therefore, K to College partners with these shelters directly for distribution to the kids residing in their facilities.

Moving Forward

Preparing to distribute resources to several tens of thousands of kids in more than 200 school districts this coming year, K to College is continuing to develop additional partnerships to make this vision a reality – benefiting all under-resourced children and youth in California.

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