Ways to Donate
Contributions are tax-deductible through our partnership with Community Action Council of Howard County, a 501(c)(3) organization.
Online: CLICK HERE to be taken to the Community Action Council donor form. Very Important: You must select “Prepare for Success” under the “Donor Restriction” drop-down for your donation to be allocated to our organization.
By Mail: Send check payable to “Community Action Council/PFS” to:
Community Action Council / PFS
9820 Patuxent Woods Drive
Columbia, MD 21046
By making a monetary donation, we are able to make your dollars stretch. To get the most supplies for the lowest prices, PFS makes wholesale purchases from a national education supplier. Our price of a backpack filled with required supplies average out to about $25 per student. That’s far less than the cost of buying retail at local stores. 100% of monetary donations are used towards the purchase of school supplies.
School Supplies Donations
We welcome donations of new, never-used school supplies. During our back-to-school drives which take place over the summer, we will have collection sites throughout Howard County, at all HoCo Public Libraries, CA Village offices and select CA facilities. Businesses and restaurants may also request a donation box on their premises during our collection drive season. To see where you can drop-off supplies, follow our Facebook page and group. We will also list our locations on this page. If you would like to host a box at your business or have any questions about donating supplies, especially outside of our main summer drive, please send us an email.
We started our Amazon Wishlist for our 2020 summer drive, due to the pandemic. But after getting requests to continue our list even as numbers of cases have gone down and individuals are shopping in person again, we realize how many of our donors enjoy the ease of donating supplies with just a few clicks. We are happy to offer our Amazon Wishlist year-round. The list is always kept updated and items will be delivered directly to us so that we can include them in our back-to-school assembly. Click here to shop.
Interested in your own Prepare for Success Amazon Wishlist? Organizations, civic and church groups, businesses and clubs interested in running an online drive for PFS - we are happy to customize a Wishlist so you can target your group and keep better track of participation. Please contact us via email for more information.