BETTENDORF, IOWA (July 13, 2020) United Way Quad Cities wants to make sure 10,000 local students have the supplies they need to succeed as the area braces for a return to school like none other.

The Stock the Schools supply-drive concludes this week, with businesses, non-profits, and individual donors dropping off supplies Thursday, July 16, 7AM-2PM, at the Quad-City Times, 500 E 3rd St, Davenport. The COVID-19-safe drop-off site is accessible from 4th Street.

“By the time schools reopen, students will have been out of school for six months. For some of our kids, this slide could severely impact their education.” said United Way Quad Cities President and CEO Rene Gellerman. “Despite the uncertainty around the fast-approaching return to learning, we know students won’t be able to share supplies as they have in years past.”

“Giving at a time like this is easy. If we’re not proactive, years from now we’ll refer to ‘COVID kids’ millions of American students, like our own, whose education slid backwards because of the coronavirus pandemic of 2020 and whose lives were seriously affected.”

COVID-safe Giving

United Way Quad Cities’ Women United donor network along with community volunteers will be on-site at the Quad-City Times building to ensure the supply drive is contact-free. Anyone is welcome to pull up, park their car, and let volunteers unload supplies for them while maintaining social distance.

Donors may also purchase items virtually or donate at

Supplies sought include items needed for any other school year, such as pencils, markers, paper, and glue, as well as cleaning and hygiene supplies like hand-sanitizer, disinfecting-wipes, paper towels, face-masks, and more to support local early-learning centers.

All collected school supplies and dollars will go to the Davenport, Bettendorf, North Scott, Pleasant Valley, Moline, Rock Island, East Moline, and Silvis school districts through the First Day Project.

All of the collected hygiene and cleaning items will go to local early-learning and child-care centers to ensure the health and safety of Quad-Cities children.

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Just $30 will equip one student with a backpack and basic set of supplies. Below are the school and hygiene supplies needed.

School Supplies:

  • Backpack
  • Composition Notebook
  • Spiral Notebook
  • Filler Paper
  • Pocket Folder
  • Headphones
  • Pencils
  • Pens
  • Crayons
  • Washable Markers
  • Colored Pencils
  • Watercolor Paints
  • Erasers
  • Glue Stick
  • Pencil Box
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

Hygiene Supplies:

  • Diapers
  • Wipes
  • Formula
  • Touchless thermometers
  • Face masks
  • Alcohol pads
  • Cleaning rubber gloves
  • Food prep rubber gloves
  • Bleach
  • Toilet paper
  • Paper towels
  • Cloth shoe coverings
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Travel size plastic bottles
  • Disinfecting wipes
  • All-Purpose Cleaner
  • Floor cleaner

About United Way of the Quad Cities

United Way believes every Quad Citizen deserves the opportunity to live their best possible life. These opportunities happen by involving people in volunteerism, advocacy, and giving. The result is a mobilized community creating the conditions that improve individual lives and strengthen the Quad Cities.

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