Make tax-free weekend extra special w/Trident United Way’s virtual school supply drive

School will look a lot different in 2020 - UNITED we can help our students and school staff be ready



NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – Tax-free weekend starts this Friday, August 7 and Trident United Way asks you to consider helping students and school staff as they embark on a school year unlike any other by supporting our virtual school drive.

Our Young Leaders United group is leading the effort to help students and teachers focus on learning instead of worrying about finding school supplies in a time of great economic challenges.

In the past, people donated items and we collected and delivered them to the schools. This year, to maintain a touch free environment, people can donate virtually by picking out an item. Click this link to buy an item and Young Leaders United will facilitate the delivery.

All supplies purchased will be distributed to Title I elementary schools in Berkeley, Charleston and Dorchester counties. The drive runs now through August 17.

Whether classes are at school or at home, the needs are real.

Click below to view/download soundbites from Michael Samuel / Trident United Way Young Leaders United Chairman

“They’re still going to need their calculators, they’re still going to need their pencils, papers, things of that nature. So they will need to have access to things that will allow them to be the best student they can be whether they’re in the classroom or not," Samuel said. “A small donation of hand sanitizer or a mask truly does lead to saving lives. We want to make sure all our students, faculty and staff are being as safe as possible returning to school and we do want to return some level of normalcy and being safe as possible is the best way to do so.” 

Also don’t forget our Teacher and School Staff Thank-a-Thon that runs from now through August 15th. Go to this website and fill out a thank you to a teacher or school support worker. We will distribute these thank you notes to our Tri-County school districts later in the fall.

Education is one of three focus areas for Trident United Way, along with Financial Stability and Health. We are working with community partners to identify innovative programs and resources for our Tri-County community that support parents, connect families with programs and resources as well as make sure all children are kindergarten ready by age five. 

Trident United Way is more grateful for our teachers and support staff than ever before and hopes the community can stand UNITED behind a successful and safe upcoming school year.




Celebrating 75 years of service, Trident United Way is a catalyst for measurable community transformation in education, financial stability and health. According to the Chronicle of Philanthropy, United Way is America’s favorite charity.