This project provided backpacks filled with supplies and gift certificates for elementary school children in Danbury. This year we partnered with the Mill Ridge Elementary Schools and 15 area social agencies that referred children in need.

This, the 2007 project, was our most successful year ever as we presented 468 children with these wonderful backpacks, supplies and gift cards, all donated by business and community volunteers. Since 1992 this project has benefited 4,384 children.

Most of us have memories of starting school with our new clothes and brand new pencils and notebooks. The gift certificates enabled families to shop together and allowed the children to enjoy the back-to-school shopping experience. The gift certificates and school supplies are tools to promote education and the importance of school readiness.

We want to congratulate and thank all of the participating companies and their volunteers for this wonderful effort.

Volunteers lead by example, and that is exactly what the members of WCBVC do. The WCBVC is a coalition of businesses that provide leadership in meeting community needs through business and employee volunteerism. Membership is open to all western Connecticut businesses.

For more information or to join the WCBVC, please contact The Volunteer Center at (203) 797-1154 or send e-mail to bvc@volunteerdanbury.org.