Tools for Schools


You Can Be a Business and Community Leader

Since 2003, Schoolhouse Supplies’ Tools for Schools program has distributed over 147,000 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.

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 first week of school. This is direct engagement with students and teachers that provides a deep connection for your staff.

Join us for 2018!

To learn more about the Tools for Schools program, please contact Alice Forbes at or (503) 249-9933 x8.

Thank You 2017 Sponsors

Thanks to the generosity of 27 local businesses and organizations, including Comcast, Kuni Lexus of Portland, Moda, and First Tech Federal Credit Union (complete list below,) 10,403 low-income students in four school districts received school-supply-filled backpacks at the beginning of the school year.


Thank you to our 2017 partners for your dedication to children and community – you’re the best!!


2017 Partnerships

Portland Public Schools

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)

CareOregon, New York Life, & anonymous

Marysville (K-8)

Umpqua Bank

Rigler (K-5)

Moda Health

Rosa Parks (K-5)

Vernier Software & Technology

Scott (K-8)


Pacific Power & anonymous

Sitton (K-5)

Terwilliger Plaza & Grainger

Vestal (K-8)

Unitus Community Credit Union

Whitman (K-5)


Woodlawn (K-5)


Woodmere (K-5)

Tripwire  & The Standard


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

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

Hillsboro School District

School  2017 Sponsor


First Tech Federal Credit Union
W.L. Henry


First Tech Federal Credit Union

Parkrose and David Douglas School Districts

NVIDIA Beaverton, National Air Traffic Controllers Association, Marriott Courtyard Downtown Convention Center