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Kinecta Seeks Donations for Backpack Drive

Jul 12, 2022 03:21PM ● By Mb News Staff
The "Backpack Drive" is back: As part of its commitment to support families and children, Kinecta Federal Credit Union is hosting its 13th annual backpack and school supply drive to assist children in under-served communities. 

Kinecta is now accepting donations of new backpacks and school supplies for under-served students in grades 3-12 (for the 2022-2023 school year). The drive will run from now through July 31.

“A typical family spends roughly $850 annually on school supplies. At Kinecta, we want to help ease the burden for families in need,” said Latrice McGlothin, executive director of the Kinecta Community Foundation, in a statement. “We invite the community to join our 2022 Backpack Drive to help students get off to a great start and achieve academic success.”

Kinecta members and the public are invited to bring new backpacks and school supplies to its Manhattan Beach office on Rosecrans (or any other Kinecta branch) or donate through Kinecta’s Backpack Drive Amazon Wish List.

School supplies needed include colored pencils, highlighters, folders, notebooks, glue, pencils, pens, pencil cases, pencil sharpeners, rulers, paper, binders, scissors, erasers, backpacks and calculators. All items must be new and unused.

The 2022 Backpack Drive will support children through the following organizations in California: Al Wooten Jr. Youth Center, East Side Riders Bike Club, Environmental Charter School, GRYD Foundation, Los Angeles Police Department Southeast Division, Parents of Watts, Richstone Family Center, St. Albert the Great, Thomas House Family Shelter, Verbum Dei High School, Watts/Century Latino Organization, and others.

Kinecta launched the Backpack Drive in 2010 and has helped nearly 6,000 students in need. Last year Kinecta filled and gave away 850 backpacks.

Kinecta Continues Service to Community

Kinecta Federal Credit Union is the country's 35th largest credit union, with assets of $6.6 billion and over 270,000 member-owners. Its 800+ employees serve members from 32 credit union-owned branches, specialty offices, and call centers on both coasts. Banking in the Southern California area for more than 80 years, with recent expansion into New York, New Jersey, and Northern California, Kinecta offers its members a full range of financial products through the
Credit Union and its subsidiaries, Kinecta Wealth Management and Kinecta Insurance Services.

(Editor's Note: On Wednesday, July 13, Kinecta will hold a ribbon cutting at its newest office in Manhattan Beach, at the corner of Manhattan Beach Blvd. and Sepulveda, at 5:45 p.m.)

Kinecta has been recognized by the Mortgage Bankers Association as a recipient of its Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Residential Leadership Award, and received the Best of Show award granted by the Credit Union National Association (CUNA) Technology Council.

Kinecta gives back through the Kinecta Community Foundation as well as serving as the official financial services partner of the L.A. Galaxy, and as sponsor of the Rochester Americans and Rochester Red Wings.

During 2021, Kinecta, its subsidiaries, and employees donated more than $880,000 to charitable causes, volunteered over 5,100 hours, and participated in over 225 community events. Kinecta's community outreach programs and activities can be found at

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