U.S. Bank distributes free backpacks and school supplies for students

U.S. Bank employee volunteers distributed backpacks and school supplies to children at Mercy Housing's Lincoln Apartments in Lynnwood. (Photo by David Pan)
U.S. Bank employee volunteers distributed backpacks and school supplies to children at Mercy Housing’s Lincoln Apartments in Lynnwood. (Photo by David Pan)

U.S. Bank employee volunteers helped distribute 100 backpacks and school supplies to children Tuesday at Mercy Housing’s Lincoln Apartments in Lynnwood.

The backpacks and school supplies are provided via collaboration between U.S. Bank and Schoolhouse Supplies. The organizations have been partners since 2001.

“It’s important to start off the school year with backpacks and the school supplies that they need,” said Michael Katz, president of U.S. Bank in Washington.

U.S. Bank has helped Mercy Housing create and preserve housing for lower income families by providing grants, sponsorships, employees as board members and financing for their operations and housing development projects in Seattle, and across U.S. Bank’s 25-state retail footprint.

Mercy Housing, a national not-for-profit affordable housing organization headquartered in Denver, has a presence in 43 states, serves more than 139,300 people on any given day and has participated in the development, financing or operation of 41,700 homes. Mercy Housing serves families, seniors and people with special needs (formerly homeless, people with HIV/AIDS and the developmentally disabled). For more information about Mercy Housing, please visit www.mercyhousing.org.

Schoolhouse Supplies is a nonprofit organization that provides free school supplies to teachers and students in need. Teachers spend an average of more than $500 of their own money each year to provide basic school supplies for their classrooms. Since opening in January 2000, Schoolhouse Supplies has offset these costs by distributing more than $22.3 million in supplies to classrooms, teachers and students in need. The mission is based on the belief that every child deserves school supplies and has the right to a quality public education. For more information visit www.schoolhousesupplies.org.

With 189 branches and more than 2,300 employees in the state, U.S. Bank employees gave back by spending more than 11,900 hours volunteering for local organizations. Statewide, U.S. Bank provided more than $1.8 million in grants and corporate contributions.

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