The owner of Magic City Ford presenting a $1,000 cermonial check to students of the STAR CouncilMembers of Fellowship Community Church posing with Dr. Bishop and a $1,000 checkDr. Bishop standing with a representative from Wells Fargo with a ceremonial check for $1,000Ken Lanford holding a ceremonial check for $1,000 to the Help the Homeless FundDr. Bishop and members of Roanoke Ski Club holding a ceremonial check for $2,500 and winter coatsTwo employees from Corvesta standing behind boxes of scarves, hat, school supplies, and toiletries

Roanoke City Public Schools (RCPS) has identified 433 students for the 2018-2019 School Year.  RCPS ended the 2017-2018 School Year with 568 students identified as homeless.  That is down from a high of 604 three years ago.  

Our Help the Homeless Fund is preventing families from becoming homeless.  To date, the school system has spent $23,939 helping 161 families (353 students).  The fund pays for things like an utility bill or rent to prevent evictions.  The funding is being used to fill the gaps after all other community resources have been exhausted.

Homelessness can take on different forms.  Some of our students live in shelters.  Others live in hotels or are doubling up with our families.  Put another way, these students don't have a permanent residence.  There are a number of ways you can help. 

If you want to make a monetary donation, please make the check out to “Roanoke City Schools Education Foundation, Inc.”  Please send to:

Cindy Poulton
P.O. Box 13145
Roanoke, VA 24031

**Please note on the check the money is for homeless students.

If you would like to donate by credit card, please click the donate button.

Here is a list of items that are needed on a regular basis:

School supplies (paper, glue sticks, crayons, markers, notebooks, composition notebooks, binders, and book bags)

Winter coats (all sizes)

New winter hats, gloves, mittens

New Towels/washcloths



New underwear (preK- 18 yr.)

sweat pants/sweat shirts (new or gently used)

Dishes, pots, silverware, cups, etc.

Dish cloths/dish towels

baking sheets

washing detergent

cooking utensils

Notebook and notebook paper or any type of school supply

Book bags


Hand Sanitizer

Sheetz/Kroger gift cards ($10-$20) to purchase gas

You can mail or drop off any of these items to the Community Relations Office at Central Office.  Before dropping off items, you may want to call 853-2816 and arrange a time.  The mailing address is:

Roanoke City Public Schools
Community Relations
40 Douglass Avenue

Roanoke, VA 24012

We greatly appreciate your generosity.  If you have any questions, please call 853-2816. 

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