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It Takes an RVA Village

Most families only think of shopping for school supplies in August or September, but refugee families arrive in Richmond year-round and school-age kids are enrolled in school quickly after they arrive. With the help of community partners, the IRC in Richmond provides students backpacks filled with supplies -everything they need as they embark on their new academic path.

School supplies collected for refugee students

Over the summer, our partner Education for Everyone generously donated backpacks and supplies, but we welcomed many more families after the start of school: 11 families with a total of 19 school-age kids!

Grace Baptist Church answered the call for help. Rev. Courtney Allen Crump put the wheels in motion and thanks to the Missions Commission and Grace parishioner and IRC in Richmond volunteer Judith Bailey, we soon had the funds needed to go shopping.

With school supply lists in hand, IRC in Richmond volunteer Karen Schanke took on the daunting task of shopping for 19 kids, all in different grades. As a result of all this support of volunteer time and community partner financial donations, we are able to fulfill this important need for families just arriving to the U.S.

Still have your child’s mandatory supply list from the start of this school year? Consider shopping it again and donating it to a family in need. Mark the backpack with a tag for what grade student it is for and drop it off at the IRC in Richmond Monday – Friday 10am to 4pm.