Agency Donates 100 Backpacks Filled with School Supplies to Students in the Inland Empire
Families Receive Assistance Just in Time for the New School Year
Riverside, CA – August 1, 2011 –Just in time for the annual back to school shopping excursion, many families in the Inland Empire are receiving some much needed assistance from Springboard Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management. The organization is donating 100 backpacks stuffed with school supplies to students enrolled in Pre-school through 12th grade. The charitable backpack program is organized by Springboard’s S.E.R.V.I.C.E. committee, which held multiple fundraisers, including a company-wide bake sale to raise funds to purchase the backpacks. Springboard employees also “adopted” students and purchased specific requested items such art supplies, pens, pencils, paper, rulers and markers for their student. Springboard’s S.E.R.V.I.C.E. committee is comprised of volunteer team members who are dedicated to making a difference in the community, above and beyond their day-to-day job responsibilities at Springboard, a full service housing and credit counseling agency.
“As a result of the nation’s ongoing economic crisis, we know that many families in the region are still struggling,” said Melinda Opperman, Springboard’s senior vice president of community outreach and industry relations. “We want to show the community that we really care. We’re hopeful that because of the backpack donation, children and families in the region will now have one less thing to worry about,” said Opperman.
Springboard contacted other nonprofit organizations in the region that helped identify families needing the most assistance in providing back to school supplies for their children. Springboard frequently collaborates with local nonprofit organizations and community stakeholders to provide important services to the community. Some of the families are currently without a permanent home or living in transitional housing. Springboard is distributing the backpacks this week to nonprofit organizations based in Riverside, San Bernardino, Upland and Victorville.
About Springboard Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management
SPRINGBOARD® Nonprofit Consumer Credit Management is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit personal financial education and counseling organization founded in 1974. Springboard is a HUD-approved housing counseling agency and a member of the National Foundation for Credit Counseling, a national organization of nonprofit credit counseling agencies, and a member of the Association of Independent Credit Counseling Agencies. The agency offers personal financial education and assistance with credit counseling, housing counseling, debt and money management through educational programs and confidential counseling. Springboard is accredited by the Council on Accreditation, signifying the highest standards for agency governance, fiscal integrity, counselor certification and service delivery policies. The agency provides pre-bankruptcy counseling and debtor education as mandated by the bankruptcy reform law. The agency offers nationwide phone counseling services and has locations in California, Arizona, Nevada, New Mexico and Texas for in-person counseling sessions. Not all types of counseling are available in-person at all locations, please call for details. For more information on Springboard, call 800-449-9818 or visit their web site at www.credit.org.