Fill-A-Van with Back-to-School Backpacks

Back2SchoolCrayonsAs we rapidly approach the first day of school, Project Understanding is asking for your help with basic school supply donations. Our tutoring sites and pantry families are in need of backpacks and the basic items needed for kids to start their year with confidence.  Our goal is to arm each child with the tools they need to succeed. Project Understanding currently has 11 tutoring centers throughout Ventura County, in El Rio, Oxnard, Santa Paula, Saticoy and Ventura. Our Food Pantry allows over 1,000 people to use their funds to stay housed while not sacrificing their access to food.


Help Fill-A-Van!

Project will park the van at the top of the Pacific View Mall on the NW section of the parking lot for the next few Wednesdays from 10am-2pm and accept donations.

If you are interested in donating to the back to school program, please feel free to contact Janine Dykstra @

Here are some guidelines when choosing your items by grade and age group. Complete backpacks are requested but if you can donate any item(s), they will be appreciated.

Kindergarten through 2nd grade

  • Backpack
  • Crayons
  • Ruler
  • Spiral notebook
  • Pencil box

3rd grade through 5th grade

  • Backpack
  • Book covers
  • Pencils/pens
  • Colored pencils/Markers
  • Ruler
  • Spiral notebook
  • Comp book
  • Pencil pouch/box
  • Basic calculator
  • 3 ring binder

Other items to consider

  • Notebook tabs
  • Pocket folders
  • Note cards
  • Erasers