In 1967 the Salt River flooded, washing out many of the migrant camps located along the river bank. A group of women supported by “The Order of True Sisters” and other Phoenix agencies banded together to raise money to supply back-to-school clothes for the children of the migrant families. Founders Lucy Allen and Selma Shefler raised enough resources in the first year to provide 871 children with clothing, establishing Back-to-School Clothing Drive.
Almost 50 years later, Back-to-School Clothing Drive still strives to provide for students from Phoenix and the surrounding areas.
More About Back-to-School Clothing Drive
Founded in 1967, Back to School Clothing Drive provides these fundamental items to high-need children throughout Arizona. Through our three programs we help more than 25,000 children from 260+ schools in 40 school districts. These programs help break down barriers to early childhood school success, build self-esteem and self-confidence, and ultimately confident, strong students ready to learn, achieve, and advance.
With the help of our volunteers, corporate sponsors, foundation grants, and donors, Back to School Clothing Drive allows students to focus on what’s truly important – getting an education.
Vincent Payne, Board President
Ken Jacobson, Treasurer
Kelley Kwasigroch Allen, Board VP
Bonnie L. Smith
Marie G. Brennan
Who We Reach Per Year
Ms. Grady’s nonprofit work experience includes client management and program services, fundraising and events management, donor relations, volunteer coordination, public relations and community liaison work. She has advanced communication and service skills, along with staff management experience.
Ms. Grady graduated with a Bachelors of Science degree in Child Development & Family Relations from Illinois State University, lived and worked in the Chicago area most of her life and moved to Phoenix in 2004.