Tools for School Program

Tools For SchoolsAbout the program

The Outreach Centre and United Way of Central Alberta presents Tools for School which aims to reduce one known barrier preventing children and youth from successful learning and participation in school. School supplies are collected and distributed to families across Central Alberta who have children in kindergarten to grade 12, who otherwise could not afford to purchase supplies. Thousands of backpacks are filled with basic school supplies to ensure students have the tools they need to succeed in school.

Host A Product Drive

Start a collection! The success of this program is dependent on donations which we receive from individuals in our community and corporate sponsors. Make a difference and help us collect supplies so we can guarantee that students in need can start the school year on equal footing with their peers. Full lists of supplies, per grade, are available below.

Make A Monetary Donation

Can’t make it out to shop? You can still contribute by making a secure donation online.

If you require assistance:

Any parent/guardian, who is struggling with financial challenges, and requires assistance to provide school supplies for their children, may apply.    All applications must be made in person at our office located at: 4101-54 Avenue  Red Deer, AB.

Recipient Requirement

A valid health care card, per student, along with proof of household income is required.

Shop & Drop Off

If you’re out shopping for school supplies, double up and drop off your donations at one of the community Tools for School collection bins conveniently located at:

  • Wal-Mart Sylvan Lake
  • Staples (south)
  • United Way office
  • Crossroads Church
  • Allstate Insurance office
  • The Outreach Centre