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Free back to school supplies Raleigh and Durham area.

Free back to school supply assistance programs are available in the Raleigh and Durham region. Find charities, churches, and organizations like Crayons2Calculators as well as Helping Hands that assist students from low income households. Whether it is free school supplies such as pens, pencils, or backpacks or clothes for students, including uniforms or shoes/sneakers, assistance is available - even Chromebooks or free laptops. Note the agencies listed below are just a sampling of the charities that focus on school items, but there are additional free clothing closets in Wake County area.

Some of the back to school supply as well as free clothes or uniforms programs are focused on residents of that county only. Some help people across Raleigh-Durham. Resources also come and go as well as dates of the giveaways. But the free school supplies for the low income include notebooks, gift certificates, sneakers, book bags, backpacks, pens, tablets or laptops, crayons, and more. There is assistance for students from Kindergarten to High school students, single mom run families and others from agencies below.

Helping Hand Mission
Primary address - 623 Rock Quarry Rd
Raleigh, NC 27610
(919) 829-8048
A number of social services are offered, including student and youth programs. One major one is Back to School Supply Assistance program and Toys for Needy Children. There will be educational games, donated backpacks, school supplies and more. However many other financial assistance, food, and clothing programs are run. There are other locations with school and educational programs too, including the following.

  • 501 New Bern Avenue, Raleigh, North Carolina 27601. Call (919) 829-8048
  • 5713 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27606. Telephone - (919) 829-8048

Durham County Rescue Mission
Addresses include 1201 E Main St, Durham, North Carolina 27701 as well as 507 E Knox St. Durham, NC 27701. There are also multiple thrift stores.
A back to school supply giveaway takes places each year in the community. Low income families, single moms, minorities, and homeless children can get free items. There may be uniforms, shoes, pants, notebooks, highlighters, gift cards for school supplies, books, and much more.




Urban Ministries of Wake County - Helen Wright Center
3603 Bastion Ln
Raleigh, North Carolina 27604
Telephone number is 919-833-1748
Emergency financial aid, school supplies, calculators, gift cards from local stores, protractors, and many other items are offered to students of all ages, including Spanish speakers and immigrants.

Dorcas Ministries
Location is 187 High House Rd
Cary, NC 27511
Dial the clothing bank at (919) 469-9861

Salvation Army free back to school supply giveaways
The faith based Christian charity has operations in both Wake County, Durham County, and Raleigh. Everything from snacks for students to free back to school supplies, homeless shelters, food, clothes and more is offered. There is a thrift store, financial aid, gift card, toys, books, possible Chromebooks and more. School supplies, free uniforms, bags, sneakers, highlighters, crayons and so much more is offered. Find Wake County Salvation Army assistance programs as well as free items from Durham Salvation Army.

Presbyterian Urban Ministry
Address: 2504 North Roxboro Street
Durham, North Carolina 27704
Phone (919) 220-8757
Durham County residents can get help here. There are Adult Learning and Literacy and ESL glasses, free work or school uniforms as well as supplies, gift cards, emergency financial aid and more.

Teachers only - Crayons2Calculators of Durham County
808 Bacon Street
Durham, NC 27703
Teachers only dial 919-695-7199 for information.
Teachers can use this non-profit for free classroom supplies. The non-profit partners with Target to give gift cards, art supplies, items for first year teachers, books, and other free supplies. Teachers only in the RDU area can dial (919) 695-7199.





United Way of RDU
They have information on seasonal school supply programs from local charities. There may also be services such as free haircuts for students, hygiene supplies, and more for students from K-12. They also have details on local giveaways such as Triangle Family Services, Build A Lasting Legacy LLC, Back to School Bash in Durham, Operation Reach Back to School and others. Find more details on applying to United Way low income school supply programs.

First Baptist Church of Raleigh
Church address is 99 N Salisbury St
Raleigh, NC 27603
For information on programs, call (919) 832-4485

Catholic Charities of Durham
2020 Chapel Hill
Durham, NC 27707
Dial (919) 286-1964
Assistance programs include free food, meals, some educational or school supplies. Get everything from calculators to bookbags, backpacks, pants, dresses, and many other clothes or school items.

Wake County Center - Cornerstone
Office address - 220 Snow Ave
Raleigh, NC 27603
(919) 508-0777
A clothing bank and homeless assistance programs. When it cokes to basic needs, there is hygiene items for kids, free back to school supply assistance programs, books, educational items, markers, folders, and other supplies for students of all ages.

NC Association of Educators
700 S Salisbury St
Raleigh, North Carolina 27601
Main phone - (919) 832-3000
Free social services include everything from eyeglasses to clothes, books, free school items for teachers or students and more.

Homeless Liason
This program is for homeless children (or parents with kids) only. The homeless family can be referred to resources, including for free clothes, school supplies, shelters, laptops for work or school and so much more. Call (919) 694-0582 for Wake County or dial (919) 560-3927 for Durham County.

  • Wake County - 5625 Dillard Drive, Cary, NC 27518
  • Durham - 511 Cleveland Street, Durham, NC 27702





Garner Area Ministries
Address is 558 Village Ct
Garner, North Carolina 27529
Telephone number is (919) 772-9100
Residents of Garner can use the free/low cost clothing bank. Some books, clothes for students/kids, basic school supplies, bags, and more may be offered.

True Way Holy Church
Location is 403 Baptist Rd
Durham, NC 27704
For information, call (919) 544-5398
Each year they try to operate a program known as Operation Reach Back to School. Students can get a free backpack full of supplies. There may be paper, notebooks, pens, highlighters and personal hygiene items as well for kids.

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