As the holiday season wraps up, many students in Ibero’s Youth Services Division will find themselves without necessary school supplies when they head back to school on January 5th. “This is a difficult time for many of our students because they have run out of school supplies for the year. The majority of the gifts they received during the holidays, if any, are not gifts they can use in the classroom,” says Associate Director of Youth Services, Jessica Wilson.
The goal of the new collaboration between Ibero and ONE STOP Janitorial and Office Supply, which is based in Henrietta, is to collect enough supplies for these students. Many of them attend James Monroe High School in the Rochester City School District. “Education is crucial to our youth, but we can’t expect them to be excited about learning if they do not have the proper tools. No one wants to go to school without cute pencils and folders. The joy of the school year starting again after break is just not the same as it was on that first day with all your new supplies,” says Owner and President, Angella Luyk.
The following supplies will benefit the Children and Youth Services Division.
• Arts and Crafts (paint, brushes, poster board paper)
• Binders and Dividers
• Elmer’s Glue
• Sporting balls, such as basketballs, volleyballs, footballs and soccer balls
• Pens, pencils
• Bilingual children’s books for one to five-year-olds
Date: January 5, 2015 – January 9, 2015
817 East Main Street
Rochester, NY 14605
Time: Monday through Friday, 9am – 5pm
Or you can shop directly through One Stops website by clicking on the Ibero link.www.onestoprochester.com Be sure and add the coupon code Ibero to receive a discount on your purchase. One Stop CEO Angella Luyk says, “We are not trying to make money on these products, but we want to offer a way for busy people to still participate without having to try and find time to go to a store.”
ONE STOP Janitorial and Office Supply has a long history of giving back to the community. This past year, it set out to help children for the “forgotten” times by collecting Easter baskets for children who may have not received them. “As a child, I would have to go back to school after Easter break and make up a story about receiving an Easter basket. I almost didn’t want to go to school out of fear that someone would find out I really didn’t get one and made up the story,” says Luyk.
“We are so grateful to ONE STOP for its support and willingness to partner with us. These are the kinds of relationships Ibero is focusing on as we head into 2015. Our programs are showing great results at all levels, so as we head into the New Year, we are reaching out to new businesses and organizations to partner with in new initiatives,” says Ibero’s Director of Development and Communications, Tricia Cruz.
Established in 1968, Ibero is the only dual-language nonprofit in Monroe County. The English-Spanish human services agency serves people of all backgrounds with the unique ability to target Latino families. Ibero provides programs and services to children, youth and families in need of support in school and the workforce, with the primary goal of creating self-sufficiency among families.
You can learn more about Ibero and the programs they offer at www.iaal.org/
Originally published in the Democrat & Chronicle on January 2nd, 2015.