The Red Canoe Credit Union started the annual community Fill the Canoe Back to School Drive in 2009. They generously matched $1 per pound of school supplies donated & also provided a dollar-per-dollar match. Thousands of dollars and supplies have been donated to the families in our communities over the years.
We did our homework and the drive looked a little different this year. The FWPS district is providing supplies but advised us there was a need for quality backpacks. This year, the Red Canoe Credit Union partnered with We Love Our City with the goal of collecting 1000 backpacks. Over 25 local churches, businesses, non-profits & community members accepted the challenge! Donations are being distributed to the FWPS district, Communities in Schools, Boys & Girls Club, FW Veterans Center, and a variety of back-to-school events. We are always thrilled and amazed at the generosity of our community.
We are happy to announce, that with the help of all our partners, we exceeded our goal with 1100 backpacks & 2838 pounds of supplies! We are grateful for all our donors and we are excited to help our students kick off the new school year!
We invite you to participate in the Annual Fill the Canoe Back to School Drive. Each year, Red Canoe Credit Union partners with our branch communities to collect thousands of pounds of school supplies, which are then matched pound-for-pound by the credit union.
This year, the community has two ways to support Fill the Canoe. You can drop off donations of new backpacks at the Federal Way Red Canoe branch, or donate funds online at www.fillthecanoe.com. All donations will go to We Love Our City for Federal Way Public School students and families in most need.
Your support of Fill the Canoe helps ensure children in our community get the tools they need this fall. We’re proud of Red Canoe Credit Union’s commitment to local kids. Please join our efforts if you can!
Ways to help:
Donate School Supplies! Drop off new backpack donations at Red Canoe Credit Union Branch (33616 Pacific Hwy S.), or at Family Life Community Church and all South King Fire and Rescue Stations.
Share, share, share! Please share our Facebook posts about Fill the Canoe on your social media! Follow @RCCUFederalWay on Facebook to stay connected.
Encourage Others! If your business would like to donate, please let us know so we can cheer you on!
Red Canoe will be matching your donation, so your donations will go even further. If you have questions or would like additional information, please contact Shelley Pauls.
*Supplies will be matched pound-for pound. Cash donations made at www.fillthecanoe.com will be matched dollar-for-dollar, up to a maximum of 2021 giving levels. Donations to Fill the Canoe are not tax-deductible.