Phoenix IUPAT Members Donate School Supplies to Local Elementary School

Charitable organization founded by the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades delivers over 600 book bags filled with supplies to a school in the Roosevelt School District

Phoenix, AZ – On Wednesday, August 5, 2015, local members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) District Council 15 and Local Union 86 delivered school supplies for all of the students of Ed & Verma Pastor Elementary School in Phoenix, Arizona. The supplies were provided by a gift from the Painters and Allied Trades for Children’s Hope Foundation (PATCH).


IUPAT volunteers joined school staff members to assemble over 600 book bags filled with pencils, paper, notebooks and the many other materials students require for a successful school year.

“Our members and families here in the greater Phoenix area understand how difficult it can be to provide the necessities to help children succeed during the school year,” said John Smirk, business manager/secretary-treasurer of IUPAT District Council 15. “We are very proud to be a part of this great program by providing these essentials, and we thank all those IUPAT members and employers who have generously supported the PATCH Foundation.”

book-bag“We are extremely grateful to be the recipients of this very generous donation by the IUPAT volunteers,” said Principal Stephanie Acosta. “The timing is perfect as this is the first week back to school and our students here at Pastor can surely use the items that are being donated to us.”

PATCH was founded by the IUPAT nearly 15 years ago to support programs and organizations that provide children with education, medical care and a healthier life through youth sports. The foundation is supported through local fundraising efforts by IUPAT members throughout the United States.

The PATCH Foundation is also providing school supplies for students in Atlanta and Houston this month as well.