B2SI Free School Supplies Program
• Largest free school supply distribution program in Illinois
• Provides age-appropriate supply kits to children in need
• 850,000 school supplies given in 2014
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 since 2010
Numbers are cumulative
— Over 3,835,000 school supplies given to date! —
- September 27, 2015
Registration Open To Youth 10-17 Here’s a great way for youth to have fun while learning the importance of getting enough exercise and proper nutrition. This daylong Boot Camp, a co-production with the Chicago Park District, is filled with a series of great activities to teach kids what why the need to be fit and
- August 23, 2015
Third Time Is A Charm As Day Proves To Be A Winner It became clear early on in the day that returning to the Broadway Armory Park as the host site of our biggest event of the year was the right move. With the support of the Chicago Park District staff, great volunteers and our
- August 22, 2015
Youth From Struggling Area Receive Free School Supplies We love it when our Back 2 School kits are treated as the highlight of a festive occasion just like the moment when a birthday cake lit with candles is brought into a room. The Morgan Park Boys & Girls Club located on Chicago’s far south side
- August 21, 2015
Operation Homefront Partnership Helps Us Help Those That Protect Our Country All our community partnerships mean a great deal to us, especially the one with Operation Homefront. It allows us to distribute our kits outside the Chicagoland area and to help military families, many who not only suffer economic challenges but also have to deal
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