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Which schools and districts participate in your Annual Distribution event?2016-07-18T05:25:52-07:00

We have over 140 schools in 30 school districts that participate in this program. A general breakdown of school districts is as follows: Phoenix, 75%; Glendale, Surprise, and Tolleson school districts, 4%; and the balance are from the Mesa, Paradise Valley, Buckeye, Chandler, Avondale, Laveen districts, at 2%.

Can my club, school, or civic organization donate clothes and/or schools supplies to the program?2019-09-06T00:04:57-07:00

Yes, we accept NEW school outfits and uniforms to supplement the merchandise we purchase for our programs. Please visit the “Drives” section under the “Support Back to School” tab for additional information

What is Momentum School Uniforms?2022-09-26T16:35:56-07:00

After 20 years of selling school uniforms and clothing basics to hundreds of partner schools through our SAFE program, we opened an online store to sell the same high-quality, low-cost merchandise to retail customers. What makes this store special is that ALL proceeds from Momentum School Uniforms are invested right back into our non-profit program! Everything you buy helps a student in need.

What is Project:WEAR?2022-09-26T16:36:23-07:00

Project:WEAR is a partnership with Maricopa County that provides free clothes, school supplies, and personal hygiene items to individuals and families adversely affected by the COVID-19.

Who is eligible to participate in Back-to-School Clothing Drive programs?2022-09-26T16:29:33-07:00

BTSCD is 501c3 nonprofit that provides services to students in Title I public elementary schools, foster care, transitional housing or domestic abuse shelters, and military families. We are not a direct service provider to the public. (UPDATE: We are able to provide services to families living in Maricopa County that were adversely affected by COVID-19 through a grant from the county. This grant expires in June 2023 or when all funds are used. Learn more and apply here.)

If your child attends a Title I school and you would like to get your child on the list, call your school and ask who in your school or district is in charge of registering children.

Where do the “New Clothes, New Beginnings” clothes/items come from?2022-09-26T16:33:36-07:00

We purchase new clothes, shoes, backpacks and school supplies each year to distribute to the students we serve. We do not accept or give out any used clothing or supplies. We are grateful that many civic organizations, schools, and corporations across the Valley hold sock/underwear or school supply drives to help us offset our costs. If you’re interested in hosting a drive, please email us at [email protected].

What is the SAFE program?2022-09-26T16:35:09-07:00

SAFE is a program that sells high-quality, low-cost uniform basics to schools throughout Maricopa County. Schools use their federal McKinney-Vento funds, local grant dollars, and district budgets to purchase clothes for students who can’t afford them. If you are a school representative who is interested in learning more about this program, please email Janette Lopez.

Can we use McKinney-Vento funds to buy uniforms from the SAFE program? Can we use money from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust to buy uniforms from the SAFE program?2022-09-26T16:35:22-07:00

Absolutely. Our offerings are approved purchases for both of these programs. Also, We’re an approved vendor through Phoenix Elementary School District #1. If your school is a member of the Greater Phoenix Purchasing Consortium of Schools, you can reference RFP 003-1819 and eliminate the process of obtaining three quotesNot sure if your school is a member? Look here.

How do your prices and quality compare with other school uniform sellers and local retailers?2022-09-26T16:36:07-07:00

Our products and prices are comparable to other retailers and uniform providers in the Valley. However, since all of our proceeds are invested back into our program, you get the added benefit of knowing that your purchase is helping other students in your school or district.

How do I apply?2022-09-26T16:36:33-07:00

If you are a resident of Maricopa County and would like to apply to this program, follow this link

What volunteer opportunities are available for individuals and groups?2022-09-26T16:30:06-07:00

The majority of our volunteer opportunities take place during New Clothes = New Beginnings each July. Depending on the shift, volunteers are used for inventory management, backpack stuffing, personal shopping, department help, set up, or tear down. Please email Suzanne Kramer for information on volunteering. Occasionally we have a need for administrative help throughout the year. For more information on those opportunities, please email Karl Gentles.

What does each participating child get at the Distribution event?2022-09-26T16:33:47-07:00

Each child receives two pairs of shorts, two polo shirts, a sweatshirt, a belt, three pairs of socks, three pairs of underwear, a pair of sneakers, a backpack filled with school supplies, a dental hygiene kit and a hand-made item from Stitches of Love.

How can I support Back to School Clothing Drive2022-09-26T16:30:28-07:00

We’re so glad you asked! As a nonprofit, we can always use financial support. If you pay income tax in Arizona you may be to donate to us at no cost to you by taking advantage of the Arizona Charitable Tax Credit.

If your child attends a school with a uniform policy, you can support our programs by buying your uniforms and clothing basics at Momentum School Uniforms. That is our online retail store and 100% of proceeds are invested back into our program. We offer high-quality, low cost merchandise that helps children right here in Arizona.

How do you select the schools and kids that participate in this program?2022-09-26T16:34:13-07:00

In order to ensure that the children we serve are those who need the most help, we rely on our partner schools to select the students. Schools and districts each get an allotted number of participants and can register students in kindergarten through (entering) 6th grade.

If your child attends a Title I school and you would like to get your child on the list, call your school and ask who in your school or district is in charge of registering children.

How do your prices compare with other school uniform sellers and local retailers?2022-09-26T16:35:36-07:00

Our products and prices are comparable to other retailers and uniform providers in the Valley. However, since all of our proceeds are invested back into our program, you get the added benefit of knowing that your purchase is helping other students in your school or district.

I have items that I would like to donate to the charity. How do I do that?2022-09-26T16:34:30-07:00

If you have held a drive and are looking to schedule a time to drop off your school supplies or socks/underwear, please email [email protected]. If you are looking to donate material or notions for Stitches of Love, please email [email protected]. Due to the guidelines and uniformity of items we distribute, we are unable to accept donations of backpacks, clothes, or shoes.

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