Back to School with Dignity

Back to School with Dignity is a vital People to People program that provides children from low-income families with the tools they need to be successful in school. Parents who struggle to feed their children are even more hard-pressed to purchase the many items included on the “required school supplies” lists distributed at the start of the school year.

 Education is widely acknowledged as a key factor in breaking the cycle of poverty.  Through Back to School with Dignity, People to People equips at-risk children in grades K through 12 with the essential items needed to successfully start school.

Grants and financial contributions from Orange & Rockland Utilities, Flaregas Corp., and Clarkstown Retired Teachers – along with contributions from individuals, community groups and civic associations – support People to People’s Back to School with Dignity initiative. To date, People to People has expended nearly $16,000 to purchase hundreds of quality backpacks, binders, pocket folders, calculators, composition tablets, highlighters, pens, pencils, markers, crayons and more.

 School supply collection efforts by Pfizer, Better Homes and Gardens Rand Realty, Blue Hill Plaza and other businesses or civic groups contribute the additional school supplies needed to provide nearly 2,500 children with backpacks filled with school supplies.


How to Help Back to School with Dignity

  • Make a financial contribution by clicking on the DONATE button at the top right of this page.
  • Purchase extra school supplies when shopping for your children and donate them to People to People.
  • Organize a school supplies collection through your church, civic group, office or company. Click here for the School Supplies List or contact Jim Burton, Director of Operations, at for more information.
  • Donations of school supplies may be dropped off at People to People, 121 West Nyack Road, Nanuet, NY on Monday through Wednesday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Thursday from 9:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. and Friday from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.