Worzalla and Bria Bella & Co., a local women’s apparel store, combined efforts to collect socks for families in need during their “Socktember” campaign. During the month of September, associates at both companies solicited donations of socks to help supply this basic need to families ahead of the winter holidays. More than 500 pairs of socks were collected and donated to the Stevens Point Area School District, where District social workers will distribute to children and families who need them. “If I came across a family who needed anything, from socks to toiletries, I would drop these items off to these families to help them stay warm and healthy,” said Peg Bach, recently retired School Social Worker for Stevens Point Area School District who participated in the campaign. “This donation of socks will keep more than 500 pairs of feet warm this winter, thank you to Worzalla and Bria Bella & Co.”
Worzalla, an employee-owned book printing company, collected school supplies to contribute to Project Fresh Start, a United Way of Portage County program. Worzalla associates donated to the program to help provide free school supplies to over 3,000 fourth to twelfth-graders in Portage County who qualify for free and reduced lunch through their school district.
“The United Way of Portage County’s school supply drive gives organizations like Worzalla the opportunity to address current community needs,” said Brianne Petruzalek, Vice President of Human Resources at Worzalla. “With school supply expenses increasing this year, families will get the support they need through this year’s Project Fresh Start.”
Along with the school supplies collected and donated by Worzalla associates, Worzalla also purchased and donated 5,000 pencils and 20 backpacks to Project Fresh Start. Other donated items include pencils, notebooks, folders, markers, and more.
“Supporting programs that promote education and literacy on a local level is important for the development and success of the next generation,” said Jim Fetherston, President and CEO at Worzalla. “Much like having access to books, school supplies are crucial resources that play a role in preparing students to learn.”