Cornell Elves Summer Backpack Program

Yes, another school year is over and for many folks that signals it’s time to relax into summer… but not for the Cornell Elves Backpack Program!  This begins our busiest time of year as we prepare to collect new backpacks and supplies for many of our area’s neediest children.

Who are we? The Cornell Elves Backpack Program began in the fall of 2007 with 284 backpacks donated.  Support has grown steadily over the past ten years, and last year we over 1100 new, filled backpacks to 28 schools!  This year, we are working with 25 area schools (please see list of schools and program contacts at the bottom of this email).  You can also check out our website for additional information about the Elves Programs:  http://elves.cornell.edu/

How does the program work? Children who receive these backpacks are entering kindergarten through sixth grade and are identified by the nurses/social workers at the schools represented by the program.  Our sponsors include Cornell employees, students, local families, neighbors, businesses, and organizations such as the Girl Scouts.

How can I help? It’s so easy to make the first day at school special for a local child! You can choose to donate to a particular school from the list at the bottom of this email, or bring the backpacks to my office where it will be donated to the schools who may still be in need.

  • Buy a backpack & supplies: A new backpack and all of the supplies can be purchased for $20 - $25 once all of the back-to-school sales begin.  See the Supply List and enjoy shopping the sales!
  • Donate supplies: Did your business buy too many pencils or notebooks this year? Have extra glue sticks? We’ll get them to classrooms where they’ll be used!
  • Write a check: Don’t like to shop? No problem. Our elves know how to stretch a dollar and get what kids need most.  Any amount will make a difference to a needy local child! Checks can be made out to “The Elves” and sent to my attention at the address below. 

Are donations tax-deductible? Donations to the Backpack Program are not tax deductible because we are not a registered non-profit organization. There is significant expense and ongoing paperwork involved in becoming a nonprofit.  We are proud of the fact that we are simply concerned Cornell employees trying to support our communities. We have absolutely no overhead costs, and every penny donated goes directly to help children who are truly in need. 

What is the deadline to provide donations? In order that we can get the backpacks to the schools in time for the kids to pick them up before that first day, I ask that backpacks being dropped off at my office, be brought no later than August 24, 2018. 

Questions? Contact Maureen Brull, Sr. Consultant, Education and Voluntary Plans, Cornell University, Division of Human Resources, Benefits Administration, 395 Pine Tree Road, EHOB, Suite 102, Ithaca, New York 14850, phone: 607-255-7509, fax: 607-255-6873, email:  mpb8@cornell.edu, www.hr.cornell.edu

 

BACKPACK LEADERS 2018

     

Leader

Email

Phone

Campus Address

School

 

 

 

 

 

Rhonda Dellinger

rn57

255-8383

465 Statler Hall

Lansing

Maureen Brull

mpb8

255-7509

395 Pine Tree Rd. Suite 102

Dryden

 

 

 

 

Freeville

 

 

 

 

Cassavant

 

 

 

 

Cincinnatus

Angie Giammarino

amg297

254-6125

Seneca Place

Belle Sherman

Cindy Greco

jkg52

254-2730

Schwart Center - Performing Arts

Elmira Heights

Wendy Treat

wgt2

254-4240

Office of Engagement, 3rd floor Kennedy Hall

Watkins Glen

Christie Sayre

cms44

255-3730

1029 Fernow Hall

Spencer-Van Etten

Dina Maxwell

dem289

255-9075

209 Dryden Road, Breazzano

Northeast

 

 

 

 

Beverly J. Martin

Bridgette Bush

bip1

255-9065

369 Pine Tree Road

Marathon

Michelle Zirbel

mlz2

254-2753

Statler Hotel

Southern Caygua

Lisa Clark

lmc20

254-8580

B7 Day Hall

South Seneca

Matt Conway

mjc69

254-4610

Johnson Art Museum

Enfield

Lynn Dowling

lad25

254-1352

130 E. Seneca Street

Owego Apalachin

Angie Smith

ams27

255-2274

B75 Mann Library

Candor

Penny Spoonhower

pl82

254-6119

Seneca Place

Newark Valley

 

 

 

 

Vestals Tioga Hill Elementary

Jennifer Mailey

jam33

253-3702

S2-009 Schurman Hall

South Hill

Elena Welch

ew68

253-3703

S2-013 Schurman Hall

South Hill

Ellice Switzer

es656

255-2768

312 Dolgen Hall

Caroline

Val Kelly

vkelly23@live.com

315-730-2228

 

Moravia

Cathy Klimaszewski

crk7

254-4627

Johnson Art Museum

Groton

Jessica Divell

jh144

253-3076

S3008 Schurman Hall

Newfield

Jessica Townley

jet239

315-787-2236

B1 Jordan Hall

Geneva