Another school year will be here before we know it, and neighborhood nonprofits are helping students get ready with back-to-school supply drives:

United Nations Church

When: Through July 14  

Drop-off: 5437 S. Central Ave., Phoenix.

Needs: Pencils, pens, paper, notebooks, folders, binders, backpacks, highlighters, crayons, markers, glue, erasers, rulers, scissors, etc.

City of Scottsdale

When: Through July 15

Drop Off: Donations can be dropped off at Vista Del Camino Center, 7700 E. Roosevelt St., Fridays from 9 a.m.-4 p.m. Donate online:

Needs: Large backpacks, 3-ring binders, markers, pens, pencils, erasers, rulers, index cards, glue sticks, notebooks, paper, etc.

Harvest Compassion Center

When: Through July 15

Drop Off: At any HCC location (North Phoenix, West Phoenix or Maryvale) or have them delivered directly through Amazon Wishlist.

Needs: Backpacks, lunch boxes, pencil boxes, spiral notebooks, glue, scissors, crayons and folders.

Boys Hope Girls Hope

When: Through July 31 

Drop Off: Donations are accepted through Amazon Wishlist or in-person at the Boys Hope Girls Hope office, 3443 N. Central Ave., Phoenix. 

Needs: Spiral notebooks, graphic calculators and batteries, Post-it notes, display boards and posters, index cards, folders, backpacks, etc.

Nourish PHX

When: Through July 31  

Drop Off: At theNourishPHX office, 501 S. 9th Ave., Phoenix or Amazon Wishlist.

Needs: Backpacks, scissors, pencils, pens, markers, highlighters, notebooks and paper.

Arizona Helping Hands

When: Through August 31  

Drop Off: At theArizona Helping Hands office - 3110 E. Thunderbird Road, Phoenix or through the website.

Needs: Pencil pouches/boxes, sharpeners, No. 2 pencils, erasers, black/red ballpoint pens, highlighters, glue sticks, scissors, washable markers, Post-it notes, filler paper, spiral and composition notebooks, 3-ring binders and lunch totes.


When: July 11-31

Drop off: Any Fry’s Food Store or BOK Financial (closest is 3001 E. Camelback Road) location.

Needs: Backpacks, colored pencils, crayons, erasers, folders, glue sticks, loose-leaf paper, markers, pencils, pens, sharpeners, rulers, spiral notebooks, scissors.


When: Throughout July

Drop off: At the office, 2850 N. 24th St., Phoenix, or with the online donation cart on the website (folks can purchase pre-filled backpacks here).

Needs: Backpacks, spiral notebooks, pencil boxes, scissors, glue sticks, binders, pocket folders, rulers, dictionaries, lunch bags, etc.


PHOENIX RESCUE MISSiON - Back to School event 

When: July 23 from 9 a.m.-12 p.m.

Drop off: Donations can be dropped off at the warehouse, 2515 N. 34th Dr., Phoenix. They also have an Amazon Wishlist.

What: This year’s Back to School event will help students receive and fill backpacks with supplies donated to Phoenix Rescue Mission. Volunteers will guide students in grades kindergarten-eighth grade in picking out supplies. The nonprofit is still in need of boxes of pencils, pens, pink erasers, crayons, lined paper, spiral notebooks, dry erase markers, pencil boxes, glue sticks, binders, Kleenex boxes, etc. Those interested in volunteering for the event can reach out to to sign up.