Backpacks with Essentials





History Logs

Project Description

Country: USA

Location: Twin Falls, ID

Total Budget: $6,048

Area of Focus: Basic education and literacy

Activity Type: Community Needs Assessment

Summary: Backpacks will be stuffed with essentials to help children succeed in school. They will be distributed to children removed from their homes and placed in the Foster Care system.

The club will be providing children entering the Foster Care System with backpacks stuffed with essentials such as school supplies, non-perishable, healthy snacks and toiletries. Often times children are removed from their homes without their belongings or daily essentials. When a child does have the rare opportunity to grab some belongings to bring with them as they journey on the path of uncertainty into foster care, they aren't always equipped with suitcases or backpacks. Children are leaving home with bags - trash bags. We want to provide the child with a Backpack which will be multi-purpose. The one we have selected will hold a lot. It could hold not only the school essentials, but also clothing or other personal belongings.

The club plans to hold a supply drive August 16 & 17 at local stores, such as Walmart and Target, to promote donations of the items needed. By doing this at back-to-school time of year, we hope to piggyback onto households already shopping for the items we need to stuff in our packs.

Club members will physically participate in this drive outside stores, and they will help in the stuffing and delivering of the Backpacks to CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocate) who will then distribute the backpacks to children as they enter the system. The project is expected to be complete by September 2019. Spreadsheet in "documents" includes the spending plan.

In Twin Falls County, an average of 280 children are removed from their home. Our funding would provide enough packs for half of the children - 140. If we are able to get our school essentials donated, we will purchase additional supplies and/or more backpacks.

Project Contact Person

District: 5400

Rotary Club of: Blue Lakes-Twin Falls

Primary Contact: Michelle Carpenter

Email: michelleanncarpenter@gmail.com

Project Status

This project is "Paid". This means that the funds from the district have been issued. This project is now being ready for implementation. When this is done, a report needs to be uploaded on the project page and the "Reported" button needs to be clicked, then the status of the project will be changed to "Reported".

Project listed for the 2019-20 Rotary Year.

Proposed Financing

Existing Contributions Towards This Project





Twin Falls (5400)









Project Supporting Documents

District Match Check

Spending Plan


Project Photos

History Log Entries


by Michelle Carpenter

System Entry: Creation of project page.


by Michelle Carpenter

System Entry: Project reverted to "Published".


by Michelle Carpenter

System Entry: Project is now "Fully Pledged".


by Michelle Carpenter

System Entry: Project sent for club signatures.


by Michelle Carpenter

System Entry: Project signed by Michelle Carpenter.


System Entry

System Entry: Project signed by Loren Baker.


by Ines Crespo

System Entry: Project approved by the District Approval Committee.


by T. J. Adams

System Entry: Check for DDF payment issued by Foundation Treasurer.

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