Adopt-A-Child Back to School Program

Adopt-A-Child Back to School Program

The first day of school can be a tough time for needy children whose parents cannot afford a nice outfit and/or appropriate school supplies. A child’s self-image has a dramatic effect on performance in the classroom and can lead to lasting changes. 

United Way believes that the first day of school is an important event in a child’s life. To help kids get the year off to a good start, we began the Adopt–A–Child Back to School Program in 1999, when we served 30 children. We have continued this program each year and it has grown dramatically, with over 700 children served last year alone.

Donors supply a backpack, school supplies and an outfit for the first day of school. United Way will provide you with a Child Information Sheet for each child that you adopt including the child’s age, favorite color, specific clothing sizes, as well as a list of school supplies needed.

To get involved, please call or email Kimberly Hernandez at (860) 582-9559 x 405 or

Adopt-A-Child Donations will be accepted at the United Way office on August 9 & 10 from 9 am – 4 pm.


Thank You to our 2015 Donors!

On behalf of the United Way of West Central Connecticut and our community partners, we would like to express our sincere thanks and gratitude to all those who participated in the 2015 Adopt-A-Child Back to School Program.  Over 700 local students were adopted for the first day of school thanks to the generous individuals and organizations in our community! As a result of your kindness, these children from the communities of Bristol, Burlington, Plainville and Plymouth received new outfits, backpacks and school supplies for the first day of school. These donations will help to ensure that these children start off the school year with confidence and hope. 

Thank you to everyone in our community that Lives United!

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