Thursday, October 21, 2021


New research suggests ways to make the transition from education to career pathway smoother for young people, many of whom arenít landing the right job until their 30s; and Republicans block voting rights reforms for a third time.


The White House scrambles to quell supply chain backlogs, Republicans block another voting rights bill, and a majority of Americans now believes the Supreme Court bases decisions on politics, not the constitution.


An all-Black Oklahoma town joins big cities in seeking reparations; a Kentucky vaccination skeptic does a 180; telehealth proves invaluable during pandemic; and spooky destinations lure tourists at Halloween.

They're Driven to Donate School Supplies


Tuesday, July 26, 2016   

LOUISVILLE, Ky. - The calendar tells you all you need to know. The start of school is near and store aisles are filled with parents and their children buying school supplies. But, for some parents it's a huge financial burden. That's where civic, faith and business groups are stepping up. In the greater Louisville area, more than a dozen Allstate agents banded together to organize Driven to Donate.

Debbie Williams, who owns one of the offices, said the drive will help the Center for Women and Families supply the parents and kids served at the Center's domestic-violence shelter.

Williams said, "When you've got to get all those supplies that are on that list for back to school, you're wringing your hands, going, 'How do I do this?'"

The National Retail Federation estimates last school year the average family with children in grades K-12 spent nearly $100 on school supplies. Add in electronics and clothes, and the price tag reached $630.

Lisa Lontz is a domestic-abuse survivor; a single mom with five daughters in school. Living on one income, Lontz said of the school supply drive, "It helps considerably. It frees up some money to maybe get them a little bit nicer school uniforms and stuff like that."

Driven to Donate is gathering supplies through July 29th at Allstate offices in Jefferson, Bullitt, Shelby and Oldham counties.

Williams said gift cards are welcome along with, "Glue sticks, washable markers, pencils; the backpacks are the big thing because they're a little bit more expensive. You can get a 24-pack of crayons right now for 50 cents, but a backpack is anywhere from 15 to 30 bucks."

According to the School Ready Supplies Program, more than 16 million kids live in extreme poverty in the U.S. and arrive on the first day of school without the supplies they need to learn, a statistic volunteer efforts such as Driven to Donate are trying to change.

get more stories like this via email

California, Colorado, New York, North Carolina, Texas, and Virginia were selected for the REACH Collaborative for their efforts to serve and support adult learners and demonstrated commitment to equitable student success. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

DENVER - On Wednesday, leaders from Colorado's 13 community colleges joined a national effort to help more of the state's adults get credentials and …

Social Issues

LAS VEGAS, Nev. -- Today, a virtual summit hosted by the Las Vegas Mayor's Faith Initiative looks at the crisis of missing and murdered Indigenous …

Social Issues

HOUSTON -- Many U.S. communities with bustling downtowns were better prepared to weather economic fallout from the pandemic, thanks to a decades-old …

Some labor experts estimate that about 300,000 jobs are outsourced annually by companies based in the United States. (Adobe Stock)

Social Issues

MILWAUKEE, Wis. -- A Wisconsin group that advocates for working families is launching a new campaign, which connects federal policy to the …

Social Issues

SEATTLE - Constructive conversations online can seem few and far between. Research from the University of Washington explores how the design of …

Advocates for Iowans with disabilities say the caregiver shortage could erase decades of progress in self-advocacy. (Adobe Stock)

Health and Wellness

WATERLOO, Iowa -- Advocates for Iowans with disabilities are sounding the alarm over what they describe as a caregiver crisis, pleading with …


BRAINERD, Minn. - Minnesota boat owners are storing their watercraft for the winter. But that isn't stopping the conversation about responsible water …

Social Issues

BOISE, Idaho - Millions of members around the world, including some Idahoans, are observing International Credit Union Day today. This year marks 73…


Phone: 303.448.9105 Toll Free: 888.891.9416 Fax: 208.247.1830 Your trusted member- and audience-supported news source since 1996 Copyright © 2021