For children dealing with the daily chaos of homelessness, school can be an important source of stability.
Every fall through Project Cool, Coalition members and volunteers make sure that hundreds of homeless children and youth start the school year off right. Project Cool helps homeless students who may have lost most or all of their personal possessions get the school supplies they need to feel confident and be prepared. Included with every backpack a student receives is a Know-Your-Rights flyer on the educational rights for homeless students outlined in the McKinney Vento Act. The Coalition also regularly provides training for staff working with youth and unaccompanied minors to help them advocate for and support the educational rights of homeless students.
Over 24 years, Project Cool has helped more than 23,000 homeless students be ready for the first day of school.
Project Cool for Back-to-School happens each year because of people like you!
We welcome your help.
Cash donations are the most flexible way you can help kids who are homeless through Project Cool. No contribution is too small to make a difference and certainly no gift is too large!
- $60 will provide 1 child with a new backpack, filled with quality school supplies, age appropriate books, and key basic health items.
- $100 will allow 25 high school freshmen to write their first high school essays in new spiral notebooks.
- $200 will color the lives of 30 children as they begin kindergarten with new crayons, markers, and colored pencils.
Donate securely on-line or by mail (make checks out to "Project Cool/SKCCH" and send to 77 S. Washington St., Seattle, WA 98104). Donations are tax-deductible to the full extent allowed by law.
Would your business like to be a Project Cool sponsor? Your company can make a huge difference for 2,000 children in King County, and be recognized in our annual report for your generosity. Sponsorship starts at $500.
3. Host a Supply Drive or Fundraiser
Have fun hosting a supply drive or fundraiser in your workplace, community group, or school! Contact Rebecca, our Community Projects Manager, at 206-204-8353 or projectcool[at]homelessinfo.org for everything you need to know to set up a successful supply drive. We always need in kind donations of:
- Crayola or RoseArt crayons (box of 24)
- Colored pencils (box of 12)
- Thick colored markers (box of 8)
- Pens (black and blue)
- #2 Pencils
- Pink erasers
- Glue sticks (non-toxic)
- Toothbrushes (individually wrapped)
4. Contact your dentist!
We collect small tubes of toothpaste and toothbrushes (must be individually wrapped) to include in the backpacks. Ask your dentist to support Project Cool by donating these items or by making a financial contribution. Here is a sample letter!
Every July volunteers have fun with family, friends, or a service group counting, sorting, and organizing supplies to fill backpacks for distribution. Give us a hand for an hour or an afternoon! We'd love your help, and we welcome groups! If you'd like to help in Summer 2014, then please sign up to receive Friends of Project Cool emails.
To read the 2013 Project Cool Annual report, click here.
Like us on Facebook at www.facebook.com/ProjectCoolforBacktoSchool and invite your friends!