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Pencils and Paper

JFS Pencils and Paper Logo Pencils & Paper, a program of Jewish Family Services, serves the educational and creative needs of children in the greater Rochester area by providing free school supplies to teachers in high poverty schools. Teachers can shop twice a year and receive an estimated $1,400 worth of school supplies at each shopping trip.

How does the Pencils & Paper program work?

Monroe County schools in which 70% or more of the students are eligible for free and reduced meals, are invited by Jewish Family Services (JFS) to participate in our Pencils & Paper program on a school-by-school basis.  Pencils & Paper is stocked with basic classroom supplies such as pencils, paper, pens, glue, markers, art supplies, tissues, etc.  All supplies are free of charge to teachers and items can only be used for the benefit of students in need in our community.

Teachers from enrolled schools are permitted to shop for free school supplies once per semester.  

Hours

Appointments available August through April:

  • Tuesdays 3:00 pm – 5:45 pm
  • Thursdays 3:00 pm – 5:45 pm
  • Select Saturdays and school holidays

To ensure that you have the best experience possible, appointments are required to shop at Pencils & Paper. Please email ocolon@jfsrochester.org for information regarding scheduling an appointment.

Location

Pencils & Paper
1099 Jay Street
Water Tower Park
Bldg. N, Dock 9
Rochester, NY 14611 (Map)
We are behind the Villa of Hope.

Contact

For more information, special requests or to inquire if your school is participating, please contact Oni Colón, Program Director at ocolon@jfsrochester.org or call (585) 736-4610.

Thank You Notes

Thank you notes or pictures from appreciative students and teachers let our donors know how much their support means! Please email us pictures of your students using supplies and  tag us on social media.

Supply Drive

Once again United Way & the Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce have partnered in hosting a supply drive to benefit our program, Pencils & Paper.  The supply drive runs from July 5 – August 5.

Learn more!
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Host a Supply Drive or Donate

Volunteer

Volunteers are vital to the success of Pencils and Paper. There are many volunteer opportunities available!
Apply to be a volunteer

BASIC NEEDS

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We deliver holistic programming and resource linkage to residents at a local, affordable housing complex, The Rochester Highlands. Programming including case and resource management, nursing services, educational workshops, exercise instruction and child programming are available for utilization by residents.

Brighton Food Cupboard

The Brighton Food Cupboard, a program of Jewish Family Services, is committed to the prevention and reduction of hunger and food insecurity for individuals and families living in Brighton and surrounding communities. Each client interacts with our social worker and receives case management services.

Brighton Your Wardrobe

Brighton Your Wardrobe, a partnership of Jewish Family Services and Brighton Central School District, offers free clothing to the children, individuals, and families living in or attending the Brighton School District who are in need.

Financial Assistance

If you are facing an inability to cover your basic needs, Jewish Family Services (JFS) can help. JFS is here to advocate for those most vulnerable in our community.

Groceries-to-Go

In an effort to connect volunteers who can bring groceries and supplies to those in high-risk demographics, Jewish Family Services (JFS) has implemented a Groceries-to-Go program. Groceries-to-Go aims to connect volunteer shoppers with individuals who can afford their groceries but are currently unable to get to the store themselves.

Pencils and Paper

The Pencils & Paper program, a program of Jewish Family Services, serves the educational and creative needs of children in the greater Rochester area by providing free school supplies to teachers in high poverty schools. Teachers can shop twice a year and receive an estimated $1,400 worth of school supplies at each shopping trip.