Help send West Side students to college by donating dorm items


EAST GARFIELD PARK – A community party is planned to give young people in Garfield Park everything they need to be successful in school.

The main party on August 7 is hosted by Breakthrough Urban Ministries, a Garfield Park group that runs youth development, employment preparation, housing, health and violence prevention programs.

Breakthrough is collecting donations of toiletries, school supplies, dorm furniture, and cleaning supplies to give to neighborhood teens at the party. Donors can support students by ordering items through the Target wishlist organized by the association.

The organization has held the annual trunk party for the past four years to help West Side families who might otherwise struggle to purchase dormitory essentials. Breakthrough estimates that families spend an average of $ 1,600 on outfitting a student dormitory, and the group wanted to ensure that students in the area would not be at a disadvantage when they start school due to their financial situation. said Marcie Curry, program manager for Breakthrough’s Youth Services.

“It’s an economic hardship for a lot of students, especially first-generation students who take a leap of faith and go to college,” Curry said. “We want to make sure they have the things they need to be successful at this social level. They have already proven that they are academically prepared… but there is this other element.

Sixty-five students are taking part in the trunk party, Curry said. Most students recently graduated from nearby schools like Al Raby High School, Marshall Metro High School, and Westinghouse Prep College.

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A student chooses items from the Breakthrough trunk party.

Breakthrough has collected donations before, but the group still needs almost 3,000 more wishlist items to ensure every student receives enough supplies. All donated items will be delivered by Target to the Breakthrough FamilyPlex, 3219 W. Carroll Ave. Students will be able to purchase from the FamilyPlex to choose whatever they think they need for school.

“We hope that when they get to their dorm and feel anxious about leaving home or being in a new space with new people, the items they will receive at the chest will remind them of home so they can feel comfortable and connected to their community, ”said Curry.

Check out the Target wishlist here.

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