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United Way President and CEO, Dora Robinson

United Way President and CEO, Dora Robinson


Your stuff the bus initiative is also key to student success. Can you explain the bigger impact of that program? The bigger impact is that we’re working with youngsters who are homeless and their families. And these youngsters are either in shelters or in transitional housing. More often than not, they’re not ready to start school with with the same supplies and uniforms and so forth that their peers have. And so the bigger impact is that the kids start school ready to learn with a backpack full of supplies and they’re delivered throughout you know Hampden County. So we’re delivering in both rural and urban communities and a lot of times people don’t think about rural communities and poverty but there are lots of poor kids in transition in rural communities as well.

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