NCJW is committed to ensuring that all children have equal access to education. The Back 2 School Store (B2SS) is a mechanism for helping underprivileged children begin the school year on an equal footing with their peers. It also prepares students for success by fostering positive self-esteem and sparking enthusiasm for the upcoming school year.
Elementary school students from pre-qualified families have the opportunity to shop for brand new clothing, shoes, outerwear, and school supplies at no cost. While the children select their items with a volunteer personal shopper in the B2SS, parents visit our Resource Room to connect with local organizations and agencies for assistance with health care, parenting, financial literacy, career development, and other social services.
In 2015, our inaugural year, we served approximately 200 children. Nearly 500 students shopped at the Back 2 School Store in 2016, and we reached another 600 students in 2017. Our goal for 2018 is to continue to expand our reach among underprivileged children in the Pittsburgh area.
We can’t do it without you.