Tools for Schools

Be a Business and Community Leader

Since 2003, Schoolhouse Supplies’ Tools for Schools program has distributed over 136,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to low income children.  Your business or organization can be a part of this community effort.

The Tools for Schools backpack giveaway program provides every student at participating schools a new backpack filled with new school supplies. For many of the children, these may be the only new items that they receive all year. The primary program goal is to ensure that students in the highest need schools have the school supplies needed to experience a more equitable education, achieve academic success, and grow into tomorrow’s successful citizens.

Research documents that when children have the school supplies they need to fully participate in school, they are more prepared to learn, achieve higher test scores, and have improved attendance. Nearly all of the families whose children attend the schools served by the Tools for Schools program cannot afford needed school supplies for their children.

In addition to your financial support, up to 20 of your employees will join their school’s community to pack and distribute backpacks at the sponsored school. This meaningful volunteer experience occurs in August just before or during the schoolhouse-supplies-3142first week of school. This is direct engagement with students and teachers that provides a deep connection for your staff.

Join us!

To learn more about the Tools for Schools program or if you are interested in supporting a school not on the list below, please contact Alice Forbes at or (503) 249-9933 x8.

2017 Partnerships

School  2017 Sponsor

Boise-Eliot / Humboldt (K-8)

Kuni Lexus of PortlandChase Bank

César Chávez (K-8)


Faubion (K-8)


Harrison Park (K-8)

Fortis Construction

James John (K-5)


Trail Blazers Foundation & Wells Fargo

Kelly (K-5)

Kuni Lexus of Portland

King (Prek-8)


Smith CFI & TMT Development

Lee (K-8)

Moda Health

Lent (K-8)

Available for sponsorship

Marysville (K-8)

Held for Umpqua Bank

Rigler (K-5)

Moda Health

Rosa Parks (K-5)

Vernier Software & Technology

Scott (K-8)


Held for Pacific Poweravailable for sponsorship

Sitton (K-5)

Terwilliger Plaza & Grainger

Vestal (K-8)

Unitus Community Credit Union

Whitman (K-5)

Available for sponsorship

Woodlawn (K-5)


Woodmere (K-5)

Tripwire  & The Standard


Additional support (for schools that recently lost Title I status)

The Standard, Vernier Software & Technology, NY Life Foundation, Oregon Retired Educators Assoc. Unit 1