As On Point for College prepares to send 400 new first-generation college students from the inner city off to college this fall, the organization is asking the community to donate school and dorm room supplies for these low-income students.
“For more than a fifteen years, so many in this community have generously opened their hearts and donated supplies to help our students find success, and we’re asking for that help again,” said Ginny Donohue, On Point for College founder and former executive director.
The following items are needed:
- Index cards
- Five-subject notebooks with pockets
- Pens and pencils
- Digital Alarm Clocks
- Flash/Thumb Drives
Full size (not samples):
- Bar soap
- Twin or twin XL sheet sets (200 count or higher, flat and fitted sheet and pillowcase)
- Towels and washcloths
- Gift cards to stores where school supplies can be purchased (Walmart, Target, Staples, Dollar Tree, Family Dollar, Barnes and Noble—for textbooks).
- Gas cards for driving students to and from college—On Point provides all transportation for students in need and who attend New York State colleges.
Donations can be dropped off during business hours at On Point's offices at 1654 West Onondaga St., Syracuse (the Catholic Charities building) or 500 Plant St., Utica (the Plymouth Bethesda/Cornerstone Church). To schedule a pickup of a supply drive at your home or workplace, please call Fritz Diddle at (315) 484-3150.
Since 1999, On Point has helped more than 7,200 low-income young people from the Syracuse and Utica regions enroll in more than 200 colleges and universities. Most are the first in their families to attend college.