DHS News September 2013
Donations Start the
School Year Right
Generous donations to DHS means that hundreds of children served
by DHS are starting the 2013-14 school year
with everything from backpacks to calculators to new shoes.
For the second year in a row, CentiMark, an international
commercial roofing and flooring company based in Canonsburg, has donated
backpacks and supplies to children in grades kindergarten through 12. Three
hundred children involved with Children, Youth and Families (CYF), who live
with their birth families, received the age-appropriate backpacks. The company
also donated a $100 Target gift card and $50 Famous Footwear gift card to each
of the children.
Additionally, Centimark included 54 backpacks and supplies
appropriate for preschoolers and donated them, so some of our
Headstart-involved preschoolers are well-equipped as they begin their programs.
CentiMark has donated more than 850 backpacks and packs of supplies to children
served by DHS over the past two years. It
has also given thousands of dollars in gift cards.
DHS Director Marc Cherna thanked CentiMark Chairman and CEO Edward B.
Dunlap in a letter, noting that while having proper clothing and supplies for
children are vital to a good start in education, “for many families it is a
daunting and sometimes insurmountable financial challenge. The
support that the Department of Human Services receives from the private sector
has been crucial to our ability to build a safety net for our residents in
need, most especially for our children. Thank you for so readily joining us in
In the same generous spirit, the Homeless Children’s
Education Fund (HCEF) gave about 300 backpacks filled with supplies to DHS,
which staffers at Children, Youth and Families offices distributed to children
in foster care. HCEF partners with Citizens Bank in a collection drive for
providers who assist homeless families. Backpacks and supplies that remain
after that drive are then donated by HCEF to foster children. HCEF has been
making the donation for more than a decade.
“We are grateful to the Homeless Children’s Education Fund
in their continued generosity and support of the foster children served by
Allegheny County,” said Ondrea Burton, Event and Donations Manager in the
Office of Community Relations.
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