The FRRR Back to School Gift Voucher Program is coordinated nationally by the Foundation for Rural & Regional Renewal.
Border Trust provides the local mechanism for the program, which offers valuable assistance for local families in need by distributing $50 Target Gift Vouchers to support with the purchase of school supplies.
Each year, we register our interest with FRRR on behalf of families in need and in direct consultation with the 110 primary and secondary schools in our region. School principals throughout the region are invited to register for the program and request vouchers for families in need.
The vouchers are allocated to schools by Border Trust and are distributed at the discretion of each school and to assist families with the purchase of uniforms, books, footwear, stationary, toiletries or other school necessities.
This small gift aims to help students start the school year happy, confident and with the resources they need and to feel they fit-in and not stand-out.
The last event of the month is the annual Big Give, the coming together of recipients, donors, friends and family, to celebrate the impact of collective giving.
The Big Give is presentation to successful recipients of our annual community grants. The evening is the culmination of hard work and contributions from many. It is a wonderful example of what can be achieved when we work together.