Baldwin EMC Hosts Inaugural Backpack Drive

Baldwin EMC will host its first ever Backpack Drive starting June 22 and running through July 24, to collect school supplies for children in need in Baldwin County. All items will be distributed to the community through Catholic Social Services’ Project R.E.A.C.H. (Resources for the Educational Advancement of Children) program.

Baldwin EMC asks the community to drop off items at any of the cooperative’s offices in Summerdale, Orange Beach or Bay Minette. Items must be new and in their original packaging to be accepted.

“At Baldwin EMC, our primary goal is to provide safe and reliable electricity. We also believe being a community-involved cooperative is important, too,” said Mark Ingram, Vice President of Corporate Services and Public Relations. “When businesses began to close their doors following our state’s COVID-19 stay-at-home orders, we knew many local families would lose their financial stability. Our Backpack Drive will give us and our community a chance to meet some of the needs of these families, while helping ensure local children will be set up for success when they return to school.”

Catholic Social Services established Project R.E.A.C.H. to help provide school supplies and financial assistance for children from underprivileged families in our local area.

Families who would like to receive assistance from the program can contact Catholic Social Services at (251) 947-2293 or visit them at 23010 Highway 59 in Robertsdale.

For more information about the backpack drive, or for a complete list of requested items, call (251) 989-6247 or visit

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