The summer is coming a close and a new school year is waiting just around the corner, which can only mean one thing: it’s time for a trip to get new school supplies.

For the last several weeks, the Women’s Center has been holding a school supply drive for Hope House families as part of the MLK Women’s Hope Project. Women’s Center staff collaborated and donated a wide span of school supplies for students ranging from 4th to 11th grade.

“Over the summer, the staff at the Women’s Center have been overwhelmingly supportive of the supplies drive and I couldn’t be happier that they have so fully invested in this project,” said Dr. Jaronda Miller-Bryant, Director of Engaged Scholarship and founder of the MLK Women’s Hope Project. “Dr. Martin Luther King Jr is most often recognized for his push for equality and justice but his committment to service sometimes gets lost in his overall message. Its projects like these that make my heart smile knowing that we have provided a service to our community, WITH our community.”

The Maxine Platzer Lynn Women’s Center established a partnership with the MACAA Hope House this past February to support the MLK Women’s Hope Project. Hope House provides housing for families experiencing homelessness or who may become homeless, while they address the issues that are preventing them from maintaining permanent residency. The MLK Women’s Hope Project serves as a way to commemorate the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. all year long through service events chosen by Women’s Center staff and interns. These events are carried out with the hope of making this transition to self-reliance as effortless as possible.

At the core of the Women’s Center’s mission is community engagement and the building of partnerships for social change, two objectives that are emphasized in the internship experience. The Women’s Center and Hope House partnership gives Women’s Center interns the chance to participate in the front lines of social change within the Charlottesville community. Women’s Center interns will work closely with Nancy Kidd, Director of Hope House, to create service projects that will be valuable for Hope House participants.

The Women’s Center hopes that the Hope House families enjoy their new school supplies and wishes them a happy and successful start to the new school year!