Why a Back to School Shop?


Over 50% of the elementary school children in Stamford are considered economically disadvantaged.  As a result, too many local children return to school each year without basic clothing and school supplies, which can undermine the confidence they need for academic success.




Our Mission


The mission of the Back To School Shop is to provide economically disadvantaged elementary school children in the local community with clothing and school supplies that will help build the confidence and enthusiasm they need for a successful start to the school year.




Volunteers make Back To School Shop a magical day for children in need in our community. If you would like to volunteer CONTACT US

Outfit a Child

For just $200 we can outfit one child for the 1st day of school.

A donation of $100 will provide a winter coat, hat and gloves.

$50 provides a new school outfit.

$25 provides a backpack and school supplies.


Sponsorship Benefits

We are looking for corporate and individual sponsors.


Contact us

Do you have questions?


How It Works

The Back to School Shop is set up like a department store. Volunteer Personal Shoppers help children “shop” for new clothing and school supplies. While the children are shopping, parents and caregivers have the opportunity to visit the on-site Japha Family Resource Center where information about vital community resources is available from local agencies.

What A Child Receives

Each child will “shop” for a complete new outfit of clothing (shirt, pants, underwear, socks and sneakers) plus a winter jacket, hat and gloves.  They will also select a new backpack and fill it with school supplies and books.  For many, this may be the first time they will have something brand new to call their own.


How Many Children Will Benefit?

250 disadvantaged elementary school students in Stamford benefited from Back to School Shop's 2017 event. Participating children are selected by social workers in the Stamford  Public School System from among those most in need.

2017 Back to School Shop Event

Our third annual event was held on Sunday, July 30th at Davenport Ridge Elementary School in Stamford. We served 250 children, and recruited over 175 volunteers.


Back To School Shop: In The News


Back To School Shop: Background

The Back To School Shop is an all volunteer organization that was founded by two local women, who wanted to create an event in Stamford where economically disadvantaged children could "shop" for their own new school outfits and back to school supplies, like their more fortunate peers. They recruited a steering committee, which runs the event, and secured the support of United Jewish Federation of Greater Stamford, New Canaan and Darien, as well as the Stamford Public Schools to provide administrative and logistical support.



The inaugural event in 2015 was a resounding success, serving over 120 children. Nearly 200 children were served at the second annual event in 2016.  Back To School Shop will be an annual event, with the number of children increasing each year.



Check out the video from our inaugural event!



Japha Family Resource Center

While the children are busy “shopping” their parents and caregivers  visit the on-site Japha Family Resource Center where local organizations provide information about healthcare and important community services. Participating organizations at the 2016 event included AmeriCares Free Clinic, Child Guidance Center of Southern CT, Stamford Department of Health and Social Services, Stamford Office of Community Engagement, Community Action Agency of Western CT, Connecticut Legal Services, Hanna and Mazer Dental Group, Inspirica Stamford, Jewish Family Service, Kids in Crisis, Mom’s Demand Action for Gun Sense in America, and St. Joseph Parenting Center.


How You Can Help

Volunteer:  If you would like to volunteer CONTACT US


Donate:  We are looking for individuals and organizations to partner with us to make Back To School Shop a success in 2018.  Every single gift-- whether it is $50 or $10,000-- is valued and will make a significant difference in the lives of economically disadvantaged elementary school children.


For approximately $200 we can outfit one child with the essential clothing and supplies for the first day of school.  A donation of $100 will provide a winter coat, hat and gloves.  $50 will provide a new school outfit; $25 provides a backpack full of school supplies.  Please help make that first day of school a bright new beginning for children in out community by making a generous donation to the  Back To School Shop 


Levels of Giving

Diamond Star $10,000 and above Outfit 50 or more children
Platinum Star $5,000-9,999 Outfit 25 or more children
Gold Star $2,400-4,999 Outfit 12 or more children
Silver Star $1,000-2,399 Outfit 5 or more children
Bronze Star $200-999 Outfit 1 or more children
Honor Roll up to $199 Provide a backpack, winter coat or sneakers


All giving levels include sponsorship benefits.click here for details




Ways To Give


Credit Card: Contributions may be made by VISA, MasterCard, and American Express online.

Click here to donate by credit card


Cash and Checks: Please make checks payable to :  

United Jewish Federation - Back to School Shop


Please mail checks to 

United Jewish Federation 

Attention: Back to School Shop

1035 Newfield Avenue, Suite 200

Stamford, CT  06905


In-Kind Donations:  New clothing and/or new school supplies are welcome, as are donations of printing, storage, and equipment rental services.  Click here to contact us.


Matching Gifts: Corporate matching is available at many companies to greatly enhance your personal contribution.


All donations are tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.


Click here to contact our program chairs Meryl Japha and Jane Levene. 



We are looking for corporate, foundation and individual sponsors to help us make the Back to School Shop a success.  Click here for sponsorship benefits. Click here to contact us.


Click here to connect with us through out Facebook Page  


(Reflects donations August 2016 - July 2017)

Platinum Star

Audrey Gaelen

Meryl and Ron Japha


Gold Star

Charlesanna and Bill Ecker

Marc Gaelen

Nan and Paul Gordon

O. Berk Company of New England

Jason Mager



Silver Star

Ricky Arbron

Fairfield County Community Foundation

The Claire L. Helsing Foundation

JCC Sara Walker Nursery School

Jane and Phil Levene

Debby Lione

Diane and Howard Mager

Julie Mendelsohn