Adopt-A-Child Backpack Program


2021/2022 Backpack Program

The United Way of West Central Connecticut will once again be running our Adopt-A-Child Backpack Program for the 2021/22 school year.

However, due to the restrictions, closures, and changes implemented during the COVID19 pandemic, we have had to make several changes to our program this year. Since we are unable to collect forms from the children and their families, we will not be assigning donors with specific children to shop for. Schools and local organizations will provide us with the total number of children that need backpacks as well as their grades and gender, which we will in turn provide to you. We know that many of you enjoy shopping for and will miss the personalization that comes with being assigned a specific child; however, this was the best option to reach out to and sign up the greatest number of families during these trying times.

We hope that you will be able to make a difference through a donation this year, since the need is greater than ever before. This year we are asking donors to purchase a backpack and supplies, and instead of clothes, we are requesting that donors (if they are able and willing) provide a gift card from a store that can be reached by public transportation (for example Wal-mart, Kohls, TJ Maxx, and Marshalls) for the child’s parent or guardian to purchase them clothes for the first day of school.

For more information or to sign up to participate in our program please e-mail Kimberly Hernandez at or Donna Koser at or give us a call at (860) 582-9559. Once you sign up you will be provided with the gender and grade for each child that you adopt as well as a list of school supplies needed.

Thank you again for opening your heart to support the Live United movement by giving through United Way.