Kinecta Federal Credit Union to distribute hundreds of backpacks filled with school supplies to local families on Saturday, Aug. 7th

On average, local families spend over $200 per student each academic year on supplies, kinecta hopes to ease the financial burden.

MANHATTAN BEACH, CA (August 6, 2021)WHAT:  For the 12th straight year, Kinecta employees rallied to donate and collect new school supplies for underserved students to get off to a great start for the school year. Last year, The organization collected $3800 in monetary donations during the backpack drive. The funds were used to purchase school supplies and 600 backpacks for hundreds of families and community partners.

WHO:    Kinecta representatives will host the distribution event. Scheduled to attend the festivities are Congresswoman Nanette Diaz Barragán, Representative of California’s 44th District,  prominent Watts activist and Parents of Watts founder, “Sweet Alice” Harris, Carson City Councilman Jawane Hilton and LA Galaxy Forward, Cameron Dunbar. Kinecta’s 2021 “Back-to-School Backpack Challenge” supports children from the following organizations:

  • Al Wooten Jr. Youth Center
  • Boys & Girls Club of Carson
  • Community’s Child
  • Covenant House
  • Environmental Charter Schools
  • GRYD Foundation
  • LAPD Southeast Station Community
  • Operation Progress
  • Parents of Watts
  • Richstone Family Center
  • St. Albert the Great School
  • Thomas House Family Shelter
  • Watts/Century Latino Organization

The event will also feature free frozen treats from Kinecta’s popular ice cream truck

WHEN:        Saturday, August 7, 2021

11 a.m. – 12 p.m.   (while supplies last)


  • Keith Sultemeier, President & CEO, Kinecta Federal Credit Union
  • Latrice McGlothin, Executive Director Kinecta Community Foundation
  • “Sweet Alice” Harris, Parents of Watts Founder
  • Nanette Diaz Barragán, 44th Congressional District
  • Jawane Hilton, Carson City Councilman
  • Cameron Dunbar, L.A. Galaxy Forward

WHERE:      To maintain social distancing and safety, this year’s event will be a drive through event, non-profit organizations pick-up times will be staggered. The event will be held in the parking lot at:

Dignity Health Sports Park
18400 S Avalon Blvd,
Carson, CA 90746

Media should enter Gate D (off of Victoria Street)

WHY:           Since introducing its “Back-to-School Backpack Challenge” in 2009, Kinecta has helped more than 5,000 students in need with essential back-to-school items.

About Kinecta Federal Credit Union

Headquartered in Manhattan Beach, California, Kinecta Federal Credit Union is one of the country's largest credit unions, with assets of $6.7 billion and more than 270,000 members from coast to coast. Banking the Southern California area for more than 80 years, with additional branches in New YorkNew JerseyNorthern California and Florida, Kinecta offers its members a full range of financial products from banking, lending and insurance to wealth management services. 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. Residents of Rochester, NY, voted Kinecta as a finalist for Best Credit Union in the Democrat & Chronicle's annual Rochester Choice Awards in 2022. Forbes awarded Kinecta as a top-ranked credit union in California on its America's Best Credit Unions in Each State 2022 List. Kinecta has 30 locations, and its members can use a network of more than 5,800 shared branches and access over 85,000 fee-free ATMs nationwide. For more information on Kinecta, visit the website and LinkedIn.


Ryann Checchi
Interdependence PR

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