FAQ Page2019-09-06T00:04:35-07:00
Can we use McKinney-Vento funds to receive a matching grant for your store?2016-07-18T05:22:20-07:00

Absolutely. We match funds from many sources including, but not limited to, the McKinney Vento Homeless Assistance Act, Virginia G. Piper grants, PTA groups, bake sales, etc. We want to help you help as many of your students as possible so send us an email about your SAFE grant today!

Our school received money from the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust. Can I use that money to receive a matching grant from you?2019-09-06T00:04:56-07:00

Absolutely, BTSCD works closely with the Virginia G. Piper Charitable Trust each year to leverage the dollars it provides with money we have available for matching grants. We strongly encourage you to use those dollars to apply for our matching grant.

How do your prices compare with other school uniform sellers and local retailers?2016-07-17T19:24:22-07:00

We are competitively priced with other retailers and uniform providers in the Valley.

Can I apply for more than one grant in a school year?2016-07-17T19:25:05-07:00

No. You can only apply once each year so we encourage you to request the total amount needed for the year to guarantee funds will be available when you need them.

How do I apply for the matching grant?2016-07-17T19:25:21-07:00

All applications are submitted directly on our web site and the match is given to schools on a first-come, first-serve basis. We provide over $250,000 in matching grants each year and, due to the program’s popularity, we encourage interested schools to apply as early in the school year as possible.

What is the SAFE program?2016-07-17T19:25:38-07:00

SAFE is a program through which eligible Title I public elementary schools can apply for a matching grant of up to $2,500 to purchase clothes for their onsite clothing closets. The matching grant is applied to the purchases they make online in the SAFE Store, thereby doubling their purchasing power. School use our store because it offers quality products at low prices, a dollar-for-dollar match, free delivery, and most importantly, all profits are invested back into our program to fund grants for other schools. This is an exclusive program of Back to School Clothing Drive and is the only one of its kind we know of in the nation.

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

Where do the “New Clothes, New Beginnings” clothes/items come from?2016-07-17T19:30:12-07:00

BTSCD purchases more than $500,000 of new clothes each year to distribute to the kids we serve. We do not accept or give out any used clothing or supplies. Many civic organizations, schools and corporations across the Valley hold sock and underwear or school supply drives to help us offset our costs.

What does each participating child get at the Distribution event?2016-07-17T19:30:30-07:00

We distribute more than $1.8 million in merchandise (retail value) at our annual event. Each child receives more than $300 of free clothes and school supplies including: Two pairs of shorts/skorts, two polo shirts (one white and one school color); three pairs of socks; thee pairs of underwear (boys boxers or girls hipsters); a backpack; one pair of sneakers; a hand-made item from Stitches of Love; and pencils, paper, rulers, erasers, glue, a school pouch, crayons, colored pencils, and dental hygiene items

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%.

How do you select the schools and kids that participate in this program?2016-07-17T19:30:49-07:00

We rely on our partner schools to select the children who participate. We only ask that the children are between the ages of 5–11 and  entering 1st grade through entering 6th grade. We cannot serve kids younger than 5 or older than 11.

I have items that I would like to donate to the charity. How do I do that?2016-07-17T19:32:21-07:00

Call 602-256-9408 to schedule time to drop off your donation at our office which is located at 360 E. Coronado Road, Suite 200, Phoenix, AZ 85004. You can also drop off your donation at one of our monthly open houses, held on the third Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m.

What volunteer opportunities are available for individuals and groups?2019-09-06T00:04:57-07:00

The majority of our volunteer opportunities take place during our Annual Distribution each July. There are morning and afternoon shifts each day of the event. Depending on the day, volunteers are used in the following areas: inventory management, backpack stuffing, personal shopper, department store “worker”, set up or tear down. We also offer a number of administrative volunteer opportunities throughout the year. For more information please email [email protected]

Who is eligible to participate in Back-to-School Clothing Drive (BTSCD) programs?2016-07-18T05:24:52-07:00

BTSCD provides services directly to eligible Title I public elementary schools, school districts using McKenny-Vento Homeless Funds, ARREA Funds, Migrant Program, or other funding sources; select charter schools; domestic violence shelters, and other nonprofits by invitation. We are not a direct service provider to the public. Individuals needing clothes for their children should contact their child’s elementary school to determine if they participate in our programs.


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