It’s hard to believe the new school year is just over a month away with many parents and children preparing for the big day! With the success of lasts year’s Backpack Drive, our local 3M Canada Perth plants are once again stepping up to run a Backpack Drive, from now until August 17th, to collect school supplies and donations for local youth in Lanark County.  Sadly, many families in our community are unable to afford the traditional school supplies needed to kick off a new school year, which sees kids still returning without the supplies they require to achieve their full potential.

“Over the past 3 years, we have seen great support from 3M and the community with our Backpack Drive. With their generosity, we were able to fill 50 backpacks last year, distributed to students through the youth centres in Lanark County and Smiths Falls.  This year we hope to continue to meet this need, helping children and youth in our community start the school year on a positive note,” says Amy Elsner, Community Partnership Development Officer for United Way Lanark County.  “3M and its employees continue to show enthusiasm and drive to help those in need in our community, and we are so grateful for their support and willingness to bring awareness to local issues. As both a long-time and one of our largest supporters through corporate and employee donations, 3M exemplifies true community spirit and an organization dedicated to social responsibility”.

3M employees will be busy collecting and donating supplies and cash to the drive, and invite members of our community to participate and donate as well. “At 3M we are proud to be part of this community initiative. We are honoured to participate in such a worthwhile event,” says Allyson McIntyre, Human Resources Manager at 3M Perth.

What to Donate?

For financial donations click HERE and be sure to check off the 2018 3M Backpack Drive box!


The focus of the Backpack Drive will continue to centre on collecting school supplies for children and youth in Grades 7 to 12.

The Back To School Kits will specifically include:

Backpacks, pencil crayons with sharpener (24 pack),markers (12 pack), pencils, blue pens, 1.5” binders, highlighters, lined paper, large glue sticks, scientific calculators and lunch bags.  We also appreciate cash or gift cards to local stores, which we will use to complete the kits with the necessary items.

Click UWLC-3M Backpack How to Participate for more details.

Drop-off Locations

 UWLC and 3M, along with community partners will welcome new backpacks and unopened items from the community until August 17th at the following locations during their regular opening hours:

  • 3M Perth (2 Craig Street, Perth) – Inside building 301 Monday-Friday 7:30am-4:00pm
  • United Way Lanark County: (15 Bates Dr., Carleton Place) Monday-Friday 8:30am-5:00pm
  • Mississippi Mills Youth Centre: (134 Main St., East Almonte) Tuesday-Friday 9:00am-4:00pm
  • WAK c/o Big Brothers Big Sisters: (18 William St., East Smiths Falls) Monday-Friday 8:00am-5:00pm
  • Lanark Highlands Youth Centre: (61 Princess St., Lanark) Monday, Tuesday, Friday 3:00pm-8:00pm; Wednesday-Thursday 3:00pm-6:00pm
  • YAK Youth Services: (1 Sherbrooke St. East, Perth) Monday – Friday 2:00pm-7:00pm
  • Carleton Place Youth Centre: (Edmund St., Carleton Place) Monday – Friday 7:30am-5:30pm

Further details on drop-off UWLC-3M Backpack Drive Info.

In addition to this 3M Backpack Drive, Connections (a program of Lanark Community Programs which is part of Lanark Renfrew Health & Community Services) supports families in the healthy growth and development of young children through cooperative efforts involving families, services and communities, will continue to collect requests and referrals from other organizations and individuals throughout Lanark County for younger children. Connections’ program will on average, supply over 300 backpacks each year to children in the community.  The 3M Backpack drive will share any supplies donated for that age group with the Connections program.

 Help our youth start their school year off confident and ready to learn!

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