School Supply Drive

2023 Trident United Way Young Leaders United School Supply Drive

A huge thank you to everyone who generously contributed to the 2023 Young Leaders United School Supply Drive! Whether you donated, sponsored, volunteered or shared the opportunity with your network, you made a huge difference in the lives of many students in the Tri-County community.

1,400 backpacks and school supplies were donated through the 2023 Young Leaders United virtual supply drive and are being distributed through community partners in the Tri-County area. 120 volunteers participated in the supply drive packing over a two day period at the UPS Customer Center.

Community Partners who received backpacks: Charleston Hispanic Association, CHS Promise Neighborhood (Mary Ford Elementary), Carolina Youth Develoment Center, Lowcountry Orphan Relief, McKinney Vento, My Sisters House, One80 Place, Our Lady of Mercy Community Outrech, St. Julian Devine Community Center, The Hope Center and Trident United Way Resource Connection Centers.


Thank you to our sponsors

For more information on the supply drive, please contact Danielle at

For information on volunteering for the packing days connect with Katherine at

2022 Trident United Way Young Leaders United Back to School Supply Drive

2,700 backpacks and school supplies were donated to Title I elementary schools in the Tri-County area. Over $58,000 worth of backpacks and supplies were donated through the support of 19 company drives and 397 donors!

Over 80 volunteers gathered at the UPS warehouse on August 9th and 10th to pack the backpacks with supplies. The final 100 backpacks were packed during the Young Leader's United socialize & serve event at Firefly Distillery on August 11th. Personel from UPS delivered boxes packed with the filled backpacks to Title I elementary schools on August 12th.

Volunteers packing backpacks with donated school supplies at UPS facility  YLU member packing a backpack with donated school supplies at Firefly Distillery  UPS member moving a box filled with packed backpacks into truck giving thumbs up

St Stephens elementary school principal holding donated backpackSchools that recieved backpacks and supplies:

AC Corcoran Elementary

Clay Hill Elementary

Harleyville Elementary

JK Gourdin Elementary

Pepperhill Elementary

St. Stephen Elementary

Williams Memorial Elementary

“Wow, wow, wow is what I would say to those who helped to make this dream a reality for my students. What a powerful way to say you really care. We are most fortunate to have the generosity of this community. You are helping to set up each of my students for a very successful year!" -St. Stephen Elementary Principal Elaine Graham

Special thanks to UPS for donating temporary storage space for the backpacks and supplies and making the deliveries to area schools. Additionally, we would like to thank the following companies who promoted the drive with their employees and teams:

  • AstenJohnson
  • BoomTown!
  • Carolina One Real Estate Agents
  • Elliott Davis
  • Ground Swell Capital
  • Ingevity
  • Johnson & Johnson
  • Life Cycle Engineering
  • Lowcountry Hurricane Protection & Shutters
  • LS3P
  • MUSC
  • SC State Ports Authority
  • Southern First Bank
  • The Bank of South Carolina
  • Thomas & Hutton
  • Trident United Way
  • Truist
  • We Are Sharing Hope SC

Graphic with school supply drive sponsors Firefly Distillery, Johnson and Johnson insurance, FORVIS, Lowcountry hurricane protection and shutters, elliot davis, select health of south carolina and UPS

2021 Young Leaders United Back to School Supply Drive

  aaliyah smalls with donated backpack joseph, benjamin and joshua robinson with donated backpacks nicole silva velasquez with donated backpack

In 2021 Trident United Way's Young Leaders United hosted their annual school supply drive to provide essential supplies to students in need at Title I Elementary schools. These supplies are necessary for students to succeed throughout the school year. Through a virtual platform, donors were provided the option to purchase backpacks and supply kits for students. A huge THANK YOU to everyone who supported the 2021 Trident United Way Young Leaders United School Supply Drive! Thanks to the overwhelming support and generosity of so many in our community, 16 local companies and 384 individuals contributed $43,000 in donations for 2,700 backpacks and supply kits, surpasing the original goal of 2,000!


raised $43,000  2700 backpacks and supplies  16 companies and 384 donors

2021 Top Donors:

Carolina One Real Estate Agents

Johnson & Johnson

Elliott Davis




volunteers packing backpacks  Rep. Marvin Pendarvis writing note to student  Principal Natasha Jones holding backpacks at school  Gritty Flyright performing at Firefly  UPS loading trucks

Around 100 volunteers gathered at Firefly Distillery for the Back(Pack) to School Bash to fill backpacks with school supplies, including paper, pencils, erasers, folders, glue sticks, crayons, colored pencils and scissors. W.B. Goodwin Elementary School Principal Natasha Jones shared the impact of the backpack and supply drive on local students, and Trident United Way Sing United winner Gritty Flyright performed throughout the event. The following day UPS personnel loaded the backpacks into their trucks and delivered to College Park Elementary, Harleyville Elementary, W.B. Goodwin Elementary and Windsor Hill Elementary. Additional deliveries were made to Mount Zion Elementary and Eagle Nest Elementary.  


2020 Young Leaders United Virtual School Supply Drive

back packs from 2020 school supply drive

Thanks to the generosity of many in our community, over 320 individual donors and 16 local companies provided 3x the number of backpacks and supplies as compared to the 2019 school supply drive! The teachers and students who recieved the supplies were incredibly thankful to receive all of the donations.


$42,000 raised funding 8,000 school supply items     1,511 backpacks filled and collected      110 classrooms received supplies



Thank You!students and teachers with backpacks

2020 School Supply Drive Donor Highlights

Carolina One

Carolina One responded in a huge way to the 2020 Virtual School Supply Drive! Agents donated over $14,500 of supplies through TUW's Roonga donation page, equipping 755 students with backpacks and supplies. 


Select Health of South Carolina

Select Health of South Carolina supplied an initial 300 backpacks to students at College Park, Midland Park and Newington Elemtary. When they were informed there was still a need for more backpacks, they donated an additional 500 more to College Park and Newington Elementary. This meant all students at these schools would have a backpack to start off the year.

In addition to providing backpacks, Select Health also donated 300 small hand sanitizers as well as excess classroom supplies through TUW's Roonga donation page, valued at over $2,600!

Select Health donates backpacks to Midland Park school, pictured with Chloe Knight Tonney and Mayor Keith Summey



Trident United Way President & CEO Chloe Knight Tonney spoke with Mt. Zion Elementary Principal Anna Mims to discuss the impact of the school supply drive on students and teachers in their community, and shares the excitement and gratitude she experienced when handing out supplies.


Trident United Way Young Leaders United Chair Michael Samuels shares his thanks for the generosity of those who donated.