Annual School Supply Drive to follow social distancing guidelines

Published July 14, 2020

Members of the UB community are invited to donate school supplies to benefit students in pre-kindergarten through grade 8 that are attending schools in the Buffalo Niagara region. The Office of Community Relations has taken into consideration public health guidelines in order to make this annual event as safe and easy as possible for university community members who want to donate.

New school and office supplies may be dropped off at locations on the North, South and Downtown campuses. No slightly used or opened supplies can be accepted this year due to public health concerns.

Community Relations will have employees stationed at central drop-off points to collect donations. Donations may be dropped off from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on the following dates and locations:

  • South Campus: Parker Lot, July 28, Aug 4, Aug 11 and Aug 19.
  • North Campus: Center for Tomorrow Lot, July 29, Aug 5 and Aug 12.

Employees on the Downtown Campus can bring their donations to a drop-off box located under the digital signage in the Gateway Atrium at 555 Ellicott St., home of UB's Educational Opportunity Center.

An entirely contactless drop-off option also can be arranged by contacting Community Relations.

Items that are especially appreciated include disinfecting wipes and other cleaning supplies, hand sanitizer and hand soap.

The supplies will be distributed to students at Highgate Heights Elementary School, Westminster Community Charter School and the EOC.

In years past, this popular annual initiative, supported by more than 30 departments throughout the university, collected more than 17,000 items that were distributed to Buffalo students in September.

For more information, visit the School Supply Drive website or contact Community Relations at 829-3099.