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Center Parc provides school supplies to students in need with Backpack Giveback

Aug. 03, 2021

APCU employees participating in Backpack Giveback

Center Parc Credit Union employees recently donated their money and time to provide essential school supplies to 240 unhoused kids living in group homes and shelters throughout metro Atlanta.

“Our employees always inspire me with their propensity to help those who need it most in our community,” said Teresa Stonecypher, chief operations officer at the Credit Union. “They really go above and beyond their job descriptions to make sure our Credit Union is an all-around resource for the communities we serve. I couldn’t be prouder.”

Center Parc employees spent the month of July coordinating efforts and donating thousands of dollars in backpacks and school supplies. This culminated in the Credit Union’s 2nd Annual Backpack Giveback event, during which a group of about 40 employees volunteered their time after working hours to fill all 240 backpacks with packs of paper, boxes of markers, bundles of pencils and much more.

Children’s Restoration Network, a group serving unhoused children and mothers in metro Atlanta, helped Center Parc find a local organization in need of supplies.

“Compared to their peers with homes, children experiencing homelessness are 87% more likely to drop out of school,” said Cliff Kinsey, CEO of Children’s Restoration Network. “Generous donations like this one from Center Parc allow these students to enter the classroom feeling more prepared and confident, increasing their possibility of success for the school year.”

In early August, Center Parc donated the backpacks to the Clayton Center, an organization dedicated to aiding those most in need in the community with mental health, developmental disabilities and addictive disease treatment.

“It’s organizations like yours, that helps us to be able to assist our community, including many of our homeless families in the extended stay hotels and shelters,” Johnnie Watkins, resource coordinator for the Clayton Center Community Service Board, said after the donation. “Thank you very much and may God bless you all.”

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