TOM FENNESSY/MIKE HARDEN
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The Tom Fennessy/Mike Harden Back-to-School Project was initially created to insure kids living in homeless shelters had school supplies. It was named in recognition of two Columbus Dispatch columnists who knew firsthand what it means to struggle. At its inception in 1998, the organization was able to donate over 365 backpacks filled with necessary school supplies. In 2015, the Tom Fennessy/Mike Harden Back-to-School Project filled over 8,600 backpacks with essential school supplies for central Ohio's disadvantaged students, ages kindergarten through high school, without regard to race, religion or gender. This was achieved in conjunction with approximately 38 social service agencies, churches and schools. In total, the organization has filled and distributed over 100,000 backpacks, with necessary school supplies, for children who would ordinarily go without.
We are able to accomplish this due to the generous support of many contributors, but also because we are an organization that is solely comprised of volunteers. We are proud of that because it allows us to keep administrative expenses below one percent of our total budget.
Volunteers are needed August 6th to fill backpacks! This year, we will be filling 9,000 backpacks! Please click the "Volunteer/Donate" tab on the menu above for the latest volunteer information.
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