The Long Island Board of REALTORS® (LIBOR) in partnership with the New York State Association of REALTORS® (NYSAR), is hosting a “Back to School Supplies Drive” to benefit the Long Island Coalition for the Homeless (LICH) Backpack Pirates program. There are currently over 10,000 children who are homeless or in need on Long Island. Each September, when it's time to return to school, these children often do not have adequate supplies to help them get started on the road to learning.  

rcwIn honor of REALTOR® Care Week, from August 17 - August 22, 2020, LIBOR is requesting donations of new school supplies and other non-stationery items to be distributed to children living in shelters, temporary housing and other facilities on Long Island.   Established in 2019, REALTOR® Care Week is a week-long initiative that encourages REALTORS® to engage in community improvement projects throughout our neighborhoods.

Although it is uncertain what the 2020-21 school year will bring due to COVID-19, we ask that you please help us in this collection. Whether learning virtually or in the classroom, every child deserves to start the school year right, with the tools they need to succeed.  

For additional information on how you can help, please email:


Purchase elsewhere and have items shipped directly to LICH:
600 Albany Ave Suite 2
Amityville, NY 11701

List of Suggested Supplies:

Elementary school items:
  • Wide-ruled notebook paper
  • No. 2 pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Black and white composition notebooks
  • Lined index cards
  • Pocket folders
  • Washable markers
  • Rulers
  • Erasers
  • Glue sticks
  • Crayons
  • Child-sized scissors
  • Pencil boxes/pouches
  • Backpacks 

Additional unused personal hygiene items
  • Disinfectant wipes
  • Baby wipes
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Packs of facial tissues
  • Band-aids
  • Toothpaste/toothbrush
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Soap/bodywash
  • Packs of underwear, children and adult sizes
  • Packs of socks, children and adult sizes
Middle & high school items:
  • College-ruled notebook paper
  • No. 2 pencils
  • Rulers
  • Blue, black and red pens
  • Highlighters
  • Spiral notebooks
  • Lined index cards
  • Three-ring binders
  • Colored pencils
  • Erasers
  • Four-function calculators
  • Dry-erase markers
  • Washable markers
  • Backpacks 
Virtual learning family support items:
  • Calendar
  • Flash cards for all grade levels (math, sight words, language arts, shapes and colors etc.)
  • Workbooks (for all grade levels)
  • Binder rings
  • Index cards
  • Hole punches
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Red correcting pencils
  • Scotch tape
  • Basic calculators
  • Staplers and staples
  • File folders
  • Sharpies
  • Post-it Notes
  • Magnetic letters and numbers
  • Paint and paint brushes
  • Construction paper
  • Coloring/Activity book
  • Wooden craft sticks
  • Glue