Assistance Resources Page
Please call the contact person/agency listed below for the each type of assistance you are interested in inquiring about.
Operation School Supply: The Assistance League of Boise (ALB) and various other service organizations provide our school with donated school supplies each fall. (Note: We do not receive donations for all of the types of items on your child’s supply list.) Contact the school counselor via e-mail or by phone to request supplies, Susan Thon, 855-4104, E-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Operation School Bell: The Assistance League of Boise (ALB) will once again provide a limited number of Ada County elementary students with new winter clothing, free of charge (coat, 2 pair jeans, sweatshirt, underwear, and a shoe voucher), with referrals from the school counselor. A student who receives free or reduced school lunch would be an ideal candidate. (Note: you must apply for free/reduced lunch each school year, and may do so online.) Contact the school counselor ASAP if you are interested in OSB. Space is limited! Our appointments occur in the fall, one-time only.
Weekend Food: A local church is offering Meridian School District students “in need” (free and reduced lunch recipients) a weekend food package. Each weekend food package consists of non-perishable, individual-sized food items for one student. Deliveries are typically made to Pioneer on Fridays. Space for this program is limited. Please call Mrs. Thon, ASAP to check on the availability of the weekend food bags and to apply.
Holiday Giving: Various community organizations begin contacting schools during the fall months to offer holiday assistance. Some programs offer food boxes and others also offer basic necessity gift items for Christmas (pajamas, clothing items, board games, etc…). If you are interested in this service, please contact Mrs. Thon, Pioneer School Counselor prior to October 2014.
Free Tutoring: If your family finds yourself living in one of the following situations: living in a motel/hotel, car, campground, shelter, or doubled-up with another family out of economic necessity; and you have a 3rd – 12th grade student who is struggling academically (based on ISAT test scores), you may qualify for district-provided after school tutoring. Contact the school counselor for additional information.
Boise Bicycle Project: Gently used bicycles are available as part of the Boise Bicycle Project in the fall and near the holidays. Guardians are responsible for transporting their children to the site for a bike and helmet fitting, as well as a bicycle safety training session. Call Jimmy or Nate at 429-6520 if you are interested in registering for this program.
Computers for Kids: Refurbished computers are available to kids at a nominal fee. Computers and equipment costs are your obligation—this is not a free of charge service. Go to: www.cfkidaho.org for more information, pricing, and an order form.
Self-Rescue Manual: This manual is available online at: http://www.selfrescuemanual.com and provides community resources for a variety of things such as clothing, mental health services, food pantries, free meals, housing assistance, etc…
Idaho State University, Meridian Clinics Offer Low-Cost Help
The Delta Dental of Idaho Dental Residency Clinic offers a full slate of services, including oral surgery, implants, root canals, crowns, pediatric dentistry and preventative care (373-1855).
The Counseling Clinic offers individual, couples, and family counseling (373-1719).
The Speech and Language Clinic offers therapy for children and adults who are experiencing communication problems and disorders (373-1725).
ISU-Meridian is located at 1311 E Central Drive. Learn more about ISU-Meridian programs, including the fee schedule for the clinics at www.isu.edu/meridian .