Remember heading back to school after a summer of freedom? Sure, it was great seeing your old friends again, but a return to the routine means busy schedules, classroom lectures and horror of horrors, homework.
Now imagine what it would be like to go through that while being homeless. According to homeless advocacy group Project Hope Alliance, an estimated 28,000 homeless students in Orange County don’t have to imagine.
Project Hope Alliance
One of the roles Project Hope Alliance plays is helping to get school supplies to students who really need them. Having new clothes and school supplies can help a student succeed in school, a critical step in escaping the cycle of poverty. Project Hope Alliance enlists Orange County businesses in back to school drives each year, having the companies collect school supplies such as backpacks, water bottles and clothing retailer gift cards.
Helping Children Escape Homelessness
Payroll Tax Management answered the call this year along with its sister company, doing their part to help Orange County’s children escape homelessness. Over the three weeks, PTM associates donated three boxes’ worth of calculators, markers, notebooks and other supplies. They also donated cleaning products, books and a $50 Old Navy gift card.
“We felt the drive was very successful,” said FBG Holdings Human Resources Analyst, Alex Lee. “We surpassed all expectations. The OC office really came together as a group to make the drive a success. It feels good the company was able to come together and provide much-needed supplies for the children in our community.” According to their website, Project Help Alliance serves more than 400 children attending 91 schools in 31 of Orange County’s cities.
Education for a Brighter Future
Studies have shown education is one of the best ways people can escape poverty. By giving Orange County’s most vulnerable students the tools they need to learn, PTM both gives hope to homeless students and helps create a brighter future for all.