United Way Launches School Supply Drive

Drive Kicks Off UW Fundraising Campaign

September is here and school has begun. With COVID-19 still around, each student must have his or her own supplies as sharing is not allowed. Help is needed to make sure each student has what they need to succeed.

On Tuesday, Sept. 15, United Way of Rockbridge launched its 2020-2021 annual fundraising campaign with a two-week community school supply drive to gather school supplies for students in all three school districts. The school supply drive will run through Monday, Sept. 28.

No contact drop-off boxes are located at 14 area locations:

Cattlemen’s Market;

CornerStone Bank, Buena Vista;

Lexington Fire and Rescue Department;

Rockbridge Baths Post Office;

Rockbridge Regional Library System, Buena Vista, Glasgow, Goshen, Lexington;

Spencer Home Center;

SpiritHorse Shenandoah Valley;

Sweet Treats Bakery;

The Bookery;

United Way of Rockbridge;


United Way’s fundraising goal this year is $250,000 to fund 20 programs at 15 local safety-net agencies.

UWR Director Patte Wood said, “This year, more than ever, community organizations need your help. Some of our agencies are very well known to the public, such as RARA, RATS, and the YMCA. But others are perhaps less familiar and don’t have the means to effectively do their own fundraising. These include Blue Ridge Legal Services, Blue Ridge CASA for Children, Natural Bridge/Glasgow Food Pantry, The Coffee House of Rockbridge, Campus Kitchen, Talking Book Center, Maury River Senior Center, Meals on Wheels, The Community Table, Boxerwood Education Center and others.

“When you receive your UWR donation letter and envelope in the next few weeks, please give generously,” said Wood.

For more information on how United Way of Rockbridge funding impacts the community, go to the webpage at uwrockbridge.org where you can donate online, facebook.com/uwrockbridge, or call 463-4482.

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