PEMCO Mutual Insurance launches fourth annual collection of school supplies

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SEATTLE – (COMMERCIAL THREAD) – As students prepare to return to class after more than a year of challenges, PEMCO Mutual Insurance is once again holding its annual ‘Supply Surge’ school supplies drive, July 19 through August 6, to support some of those most in need – homeless and underserved students in the Pacific Northwest. The goal of the campaign is to help fill the gap in opportunity for these students by making sure they start the school year with the necessary supplies.

Since 2018, Supply Surge has rallied donors and organizations to collect more than 455,000 individual classroom supplies for students. This year, Supply Surge will bring together 37 South Lake Union companies, along with donors from across the state, to provide students with essential school supplies – from paper and pencils to backpacks and calculators – as schools return to in-person learning this fall.

“As the world adjusts to its new normal, many families continue to face challenges. With this year’s supply push, PEMCO and our generous community partners will work to help students in Washington and Oregon feel confident and prepared for the upcoming school year, ”said Stan McNaughton, CEO of PEMCO. “Supporting teachers, students and families has been important to PEMCO since our founding, and the past year and a half has reinforced the importance of supporting our neighbors. ”

The Supply Surge team currently includes 37 community-driven organizations such as Seattle Cancer Care Alliance, Vulcan, Inc., Seattle Children’s Research Institute, Sellen Construction, MoPOP, Pacific Science Center, Bristol Myers Squibb and Starbucks, as well as many more. South Lake Union Businesses.

As part of PEMCO’s commitment to support the education and development of young learners through its Mutual good program, the PEMCO Foundation will match donations dollar for dollar for every donation made between August 4 and 6, up to a total of $ 5,000.

Donations from Supply Surge will benefit 13 middle and high schools in Seattle, Lynnwood, Spokane and Portland that have high numbers of homeless students. The schools were identified in partnership with the district’s student support programs and data from the Office of the Superintendent of Public Education’s Diversity Report, which provides information on the number of students per school who are experiencing the homelessness, whose families are struggling financially and how many students are a part of the Black, Indigenous and Colored (BIPOC) community.

“Our community needs and often does not have the necessary school supplies for our children,” said Melanee McClary, intervention specialist at Shaw Middle School in Spokane. “Sometimes our families have to choose between school supplies and food or pay an electricity bill. PEMCO’s support is therefore a huge relief for our families. ”

To see all the participating businesses, learn more or to donate school supplies, visit www.pemco.com/supply-surge.

About PEMCO Mutual insurance

PEMCO Mutual Insurance is the defender of your Northwest, offering auto, home, renters and boat coverage. We are constantly recognized for our exceptional service, the expertise of our employees and our social impact. Our Mutual Good programs raise the levels of achievement of young people in education; building stronger and greener environments; and increase safety at home, on the road and at play. Our Mission: Free our communities to worry less and live more. To learn more, visit www.pemco.com.


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