Success at School starts with YOU


For less than the cost of going out for dinner, you can equip a child with the right tools for school. This time of summer is often an anxious time for kids and parents, especially those faced with mental health and financial concerns. Help us reduce their back-to-school stress by contributing to the Orchard Place School Supply Drive. This year’s Drive will benefit an estimated 800 of the more than 7,000 youth we serve through PACE Center, our Child Guidance Center, and Orchard Place Campus School.  

Save time, give online. Custom pre-made School Supply Kits and backpacks are available for Orchard Place to purchase for only $30 per student. For example, a gift of $150 would provide backpacks and supplies for a strong start to the school year for five of the youth we serve. Financial contributions of any size are greatly appreciated. When you give online, be sure to type in School Supply Drive if you’d like to designate your gift   

Send us gift cards or checks. Teachers often add last-minute required materials, and Orchard Place continues to enroll new students. Gift cards and checks are flexible ways to help us meet the needs of the youth we serve.  Please send your donations to Orchard Place 2116 Grand Ave. Des Moines, Iowa 50312. Please note that your contribution is for the School Supply Drive.  

Do you enjoy school supply shopping and hands-on volunteering? Team up with your co-workers, neighbors, friends, and family to purchase the school supplies listed and fill a backpack for each student you’re supporting. See enclosed lists of the necessary supplies for elementary, middle, and high school students. All donated school supply kits need to be received no later than Friday, August 11, so the kids get everything they need before their first day of school.

To arrange a time to drop off your donations, please email Brandie Broadhead, CVA, Director of Volunteers and Special Events at or call (515) 287-9621.