Our Thanksgiving Drive kicks into high gear along with the start of each new school year. All Broward County Schools have the option to sign on to participate with collections and referrals for families. With our 14 different school-based distribution sites working with more than 190 schools to ensure that all recipient families receive 6-10 bags of groceries along with their gift card or perishables to complete their Thanksgiving meal. Recipient families are identified by Broward County School Social workers and other reputable agencies like The Boys and Girls Club and Firewall Centers.
None of this just happens. Every item collected, every school signed on, and every community and business partner who assist their local schools become a vital part of the project. Imagine going to your local grocery store and purchasing 200 jars of peanut butter or 800 soups. Not an easy or inexpensive task. If a company asks each employee to bring in 4 or a school asks each student to bring in 1, the task becomes much more manageable. These collections are the sum of all who participate. We invite you to join us by partnering with your local distribution school to assist families nearby to where you live and work.
The Harvest Drive is truly a grassroots community-based effort. Our distribution sites are located throughout Broward County. All of our sites encourage participation by their area public schools, business partners, civic and community organizations. The energy the student leaders bring to this project is absolutely inspiring. Knowing that you have helped to make your very local community a better place to live and learn is priceless. We are proud to acknowledge the huge role the Harvest Drive Café plays during this time. The café which is managed by the school PTSA’s is able to provide snacks & meals for hundreds of our hard-working volunteers through donations from local restaurants, organizations & retailers.
If your child comes home with a donation request from the Harvest Drive, please help them fill this request. If your business, place of worship, civic organization or family is looking for a way to assist others during the holiday season, please reach out to Renee Herman at firstname.lastname@example.org or 954-444-5548 or Holly Stracquadaine at email@example.com or 954-465-0042.
The two Harvest Drive Boutiques each November are a sight to behold. 450 recipient families have access to an amazing assortment of gently worn clothing and shoes as well as gently used books, toys, and household necessities. At Pompano Beach High School more than 100 families have the opportunity to select clothing, shoes, and books for free. At Western High School, the auditorium is temporarily turned into a makeshift department store where families work with personal shoppers to fill their bags with items that meet their needs.
Our team of Harvest Drive Worker Bees endeavors year-round to collect, sort, and distribute gently worn clothing & shoes, and gently used books, toys, and household items for Broward County Schools families in need. When a family experiences an eviction or a fire, the boutique team is able to provide sheets, towels, dishes and other necessities for them to get back on their feet. If a family has a need for job-specific clothing or clothing to participate in a school-related activity, our boutique team is able to provide them with these items as well.
If you share our team’s passion for helping others and recycling quality goods, please consider joining us in the process. Volunteer opportunities are available during our November distributions as well as during our weekly sorting activities. If you have time, donations or simply connections to linen or toy manufacturers to share with us, please reach out to Holly Stracquadaine at firstname.lastname@example.org or 954-465-0042.
The Harvest Drive begins each school year by donating hundreds of new, filled backpacks to Broward County Schools students who could not otherwise afford them. We fondly remember how exciting it was to start each fall with new school supplies. Unfortunately, there are many students in Broward County who cannot afford to purchase backpacks and the supplies that the teachers require each year. Working in conjunction with civic organizations and business partners, we are able to provide students with the excitement and the materials necessary to start the school year off successfully.
If you have interest in helping with our Backpack Drive, please contact Renee Herman at email@example.com or 954-444-5448.
The Harvest Drive works year-round to provide much-needed food to recipient families. Our Harvest Helping Hands Food Box Program packs more than 1100 forty pound boxes of non-perishable food each year. These food box packings are a fantastic way for community partners to get involved. By working together, we are able to pack 144 boxes in one afternoon. These boxes are then picked up the next day and delivered to Broward County Schools for social workers to distribute. These boxes provide immediate assistance to families in crisis. The goodwill shared by the Harvest Helping Hands in our local community truly makes a meaningful impact on all of our recipient families.
If your company or organization would like to partner for a box packing, please reach out to Amy Freund, Harvest Drive Program Coordinator at firstname.lastname@example.org or 954-651-0772.