Sign up for Back-to-School program extended to July 20, donations needed

Sign up for Back-to-School program extended to July 20, donations needed
Kids pick out books during The Shepherd's Staff's Back to School Program in Westminster in 2015. This year, people can sign up for the program through July 20. Donations can be made through July 23. (DYLAN SLAGLE/STAFF PHOTO / Carroll County Times)

The Shepherd’s Staff has extended the deadline to sign up for its Back- to-School program, which provides free school supplies to families in need.

Those interested in receiving binders, pencils, backpacks, new shoes and other materials should sign up at The Shepherd’s Staff’s 30 Carroll St., Westminster, location by July 20. The previous deadline had been July 13.


The Shepherd’s Staff is expecting to serve around 1,500 Carroll County students in its Back to School program this year, according to a news release, and is seeking donations to meet that demand though July 23.

For those who can donate, the most needed supplies are things such as three-ring binders; index cards, earbuds; flash drives; new backpacks; and money to purchase new books, shoes and other clothing items, according to the release.

A more complete list of needed items can be found on The Shepherd’s Staff website at

“We are currently accepting school supply donations at our office and also have drop-off donation bins available at local businesses,” The Shepherd’s Staff Executive Director Brenda Meadows is quoted as saying in the news release. “This year, we added multiple drop-off donation locations and now have 28 donation bins available at businesses throughout Carroll County.”

The location of the donation bins are:

  • 140 Mini Storage, 3240 Old Westminster Pike, Finksburg
  • Baugher’s Restaurant & Fruit Market, 289 W. Main St., Westminster
  • BB&T Bank locations in Eldersburg and Westminster
  • Carroll Community Bank, 29 Westminster Shop Center, Westminster and 1321 Liberty Road, Sykesville
  • Elite Tents and Events, 6372-6486 S Carroll Park Drive, Sykesville
  • Farmer’s and Merchants Bank, 15226 Hanover Pike, Upperco, and 275 Clifton Boulevard, Westminster
  • Old Line Bank, 1046 Baltimore Blvd., Westminster
  • Thrive Fitness and Wellness Studio, 1030 Baltimore Blvd., Suite 160, Westminster
  • Ting, 15 E. Main St., Suite 100, Westminster
  • Top Nosh Cafe, 125 Airport Drive, Westminster
  • TownMall of Westminster, 400 N. Center St., Westminster
  • The College Square, Eldersburg, Hampstead, Mount Airy, New Windsor, Taneytown and Westminster branches of NSWB Bank
  • The Eldersburg, Taneytown, Union Bridge and Westminster locations of Terry’s Tag and Title

The Shepherd’s Staff office at 30 Carroll St., Westminster, is open 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Mondays, Tuesdays and Fridays, and 3 to 7 p.m. Thursdays.