B2SI Free School Supplies Program
• Largest free school supply distribution program in Illinois
• Provides age-appropriate supply kits to children in need
• 29,714 Back 2 School kits distributed to low-income
families in 2016
Every year we award scholarships to
exceptional and deserving high school seniors.
Five scholarships for 2016 Scholarships were
awarded in June. Applications for next year
will be available in January 2017.
Why do we exist?
Every year one million Illinois children cannot afford school supplies.
What can you do?
There are lots of ways you can help!
Donations are 100% tax-deductible.
- All funding and programming stays right here in Illinois
- We honor our servicemen and women by partnering with Operation Homefront
- We participate in dozens of events every year
- Our Back 2 School Kits are distributed in 100+ locations throughout Illinois
- We offer College Scholarships for deserving students
- Our POWER UP! Boot Camp gives kids a way to get and stay fit
- You get a very visible return. Just look at those smiling faces!
Illinois Children Helped
Numbers are cumulative
— Over 3,835,000 school supplies given to date! —
- November 21, 2016
Kailish Panchapakesan Tells Us About His First Semester of Undergrad Every year at our Kickoff Event we give out five college scholarships ($2,500 each) to graduating high school seniors, courtesy of Community Currency Exchange Association of Illinois (CCEA) and the Tufano family. Among our recipients this year was Kailish Panchapakesan, graduating senior from Harry Jacobs
- November 1, 2016
Together We Are Improving the Lives of Illinois Schoolchildren In the Park Ridge area, the Harbour offers emergency shelter, transitional living, and counseling to homeless and neglected youth. For over 40 years, the nonprofit has served youth between the ages of 12-21 who need a helping hand. The Harbour aligns with our organization’s values, which
- October 23, 2016
Year End Distributions Are Underway While our main distribution season runs from July through September, we distribute kits throughout the entire year. Our second busiest time for distributions is during the holiday season. To jumpstart our year end distributions, we visited our longtime community partner: Boys & Girls Club of Chicago. In October, we visited
- October 15, 2016
Drizzle, fog, and crisp fall weather greeted participants of our POWER UP! Boot Camp on Saturday, October 15, but that didn’t dampen their spirits. Produced in partnership with the Chicago Park District and their Wellness Staff, we hosted the day-long event for children ages 6-12 at West Lawn Park (4233 W. 65th Street) with indoor
See our work in action
"Dear Mr Kurtzman, I'm sending you
this card thanking you for the
supplies you give us. When I open
the box I was so surprise when I
saw all the wonderful supplies....
I think you like helping people.
Your friend, Ana D."
Ana D. - Student
Our students were very excited
and grateful. Approximately 98%
of our student population come
from low-income families who
deserve your support. You are
truly a charitable organization
that deserves recognition for
the work you do in the
City of Chicago.
Okab T. Hassan - Principal, Peck Elementary School
"I felt very happy when I open
the box. I had a big smile on
my face. I was super glad that
you brote supplies.... Thank
you my most favorite supplies
was the scissors and the
waterpaint. Your friend
Christian P. - Student
Through your tireless
efforts, Back 2 School Illinois
made it possible for 13,000
low-income children and teens to
start the 2015 school year with
confidence and enthusiasm
because they have the necessary
Linda Dean - Director of Volunteerism
YMCA of Metro Chicago
"Thank you for giving us the school
supplies it really came in handy.
I had to use it for math, reading,
and science. The boxes were really
important. The box had everything
Joshua N. - 11 years old