Community Engagement

IDEX Health & Science Hosts “Build A Backpack” Event for Local Youth in Need

Aug 19, 2022 by IDEX Health & Science

we partnered with Jewish Family Service to donate and build 575 backpacks

On August 10th, 2022, IDEX Health & Science Volunteers from Rochester/Lima came together to “build a backpack.” Through partnership with the Jewish Family Services: Pencils and Paper Program and a $29,000 donation from the IDEX Foundation, volunteers were able to gain the supplies needed fully outfit each bag. In total, 575 backpacks were filled with school supplies and will be outfitting every student at Roberto Clemento School #8 in Rochester.

personalized notecards for backpacks

Backpacks were all L.L.Bean brand, so that they don’t fall apart in a year, and each were stuffed with:

A note personalized by a team member

  • 1 Pack of Filler Paper
  • 3 Folders
  • 1 Spiral Notebook
  • 1 Pencil Pouch
  • 1 Pack of Pencils
  • 1 Pack of Colored Pencils
  • 1 Pack of Crayola Crayons
  • Pens
  • Glue Stick
  • Dry Erase Marker
  • 1 Pack of Markers
  • 1 Pack of Highlighters
  • Pink Eraser
  • Calculator
  • Pencil Sharpener

(right) In true IDEX Health & Science fashion, all backpacks were checked for Quality Assurance (QA) before shipping out. A designated team member would do an inventory check of the supplies in each backpack and then sign off with this QA Checklist!

check inventory of backpacks for quality assurance

Thank you to all our team members who donated their time to help prep these backpacks for their new owners, and to the Employee Engagement team for facilitating this amazing event!

Watch a timelapse video below of our backpack stuffing volunteers in action.

backpacks ready to be distributed

(above) Backpacks all ready to go outside Roberto Clemento School #8.

(right) Roberto Clemento School #8 Principal & IDEX Health & Science Volunteers waiting to distribute backpacks to students.

Click Here for More Information About Jewish Family Services’ Pens and Pencils Program
Click Here to Learn More About How IDEX Health & Science Gives Back to Our Local Communities

distribute backpacks