Caring Cubs volunteered at the Cleveland Kids in Need Resource Center on Saturday, September 21, 2013. Caring Cubs participants generously donated many much needed school supplies to help local children. The Caring Cubs families also volunteered their time to sort pens, package chalk, prepare glue sticks and highlighters, and help stock the shelves with a variety of school supplies. The “cubs” were able to put their individual donations on the shelves as well as help with other corporate donations that needed to be displayed for teachers.
The mission of the Cleveland Kids in Need Resource Center is to ensure that every child is prepared to learn and succeed by providing free school supplies to students most in need. Since opening in 2001, Kids In Need has provided over $1 million in school supplies every year to students and teachers in over 200 schools around Greater Cleveland. In Cuyahoga County, more than half of the children in public schools are enrolled in the free and reduced meal program and basic school supplies often become a luxury they cannot afford. In an effort to create a positive learning environment, teachers often spend their own money to stock their classrooms. Kids In Need bridges the gap between great need and available resources to provide school supplies to teachers and their students. In 2012, the Center received $2.1 million in nationally- and locally-donated supplies for distribution. The Center is a 15,000 square foot facility in the heart of Cleveland where eligible teachers can come to shop for school supplies free of charge once a semester.