Build a Backpack

To register your child for Build-a-Backpack, please sign up at this link:

The Build-A-Backpack Back to School Bash will be held from 9 am-12 pm on Saturday, August 17, at The Outreach Center, 510 East Fleming Drive, Morganton, where we anticipate giving away 1,000 backpacks filled with School Supplies to Burke County students in need (K-12).

Students who attend the event will also enjoy free food, clothing and haircut vouchers, health screenings, a resource fair, games, entertainment, fire trucks and more!

Click here to view the Facebook Event.


Donating School Supplies

Collection boxes will be available across Burke County for donations at these locations:
BB&T Morganton, Bowers Insurance Agency, Burke County Democratic Party, Burke County United Way, Carolina's Healthcare Phifer Wellness, Carolina's Healthcare Grace Ridge, Chick-fil-A Morganton, City of Morganton, Food Matters Market, Mimosa Hills Country Club, Mountain View Recreation Center, New Day Christian Church, SGL Carbon, St. Charles Catholic Church, Summit Community Church, Valdese Recreation Center, Walmart Morganton, and Western Piedmont Community College.

Pick-up Days are July 24th and 25th. Please place your dontated supplies at one of these locations before the pick up date!


Back-to-School Supplies Needed:
  • 1 Binder (1”) 2 Pens
  • 6 Folders (different colors) 1 Glue Stick
  • 2 Spiral Bound Notebooks 1 Pencil Pouch
  • 2 Composition Notebooks Scissors
  • 1 Pack of Notebook Paper 1 Pack of Skinny Markers
  • 1 Pack of #2 Pencils (10) 1 Container of Lysol Wipes
  • 1 Pack of Crayons (24) 1 Box of Tissues
  • 1 Pack of Colored Pencils 1 Pack of Copy Paper

Volunteers are needed!

If you are interested in volunteering, please sign up for one of these opportunities:

+Packing Backpacks, Thursday, August 15th. 9 am until noon or until finished:

+Volunteer Sign-up for the Day of the Build a Backpack Event, Saturday, August 17th:

Thank you to all the incredible sponsors of this event:
Big Brothers Big Sisters of WNC, Burke United Christian Ministries, Burke County Public Schools, Burke County United Way, Chartwells K12, Carolinas HealthCare System Blue Ridge, East Burke Christian Ministries, The Meeting Place Mission, City of Morganton Parks & Recreation, Morganton Public Safety, The Outreach Center, and Walmart Morganton.

For more information, contact The Outreach Center at (828) 439-8300 or by email at