B2SI Free School Supplies Program

‌• Largest free school supply distribution program in Illinois

‌• Provides age-appropriate supply kits to children in need

‌• 690,000 school supplies given in 2015

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Giving kids a way to get fit and stay fit.
On October 15, 2016 at
West Lawn Field House & Park

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College Scholarships

‌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.

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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!

Become a Sponsor, Donate, Our NEW! Build a Kit Program, Join Our Team, or Volunteer

Donations are 100% tax-deductible.

Try our new Build A Kit Program! Boost morale, develop better communication, and unleash the inner creativity of your team. All while giving back to your community. Win-win.



Why B2SI?

  • 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!
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Illinois Children Helped

(In Thousands)

Numbers are cumulative

— Over 3,835,000 school supplies given to date! —

Latest news

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    POWER UP! Boot Camp Enters Its Third Year

    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

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    B2SI Surprises Leslie Lewis School of Excellence Students with School Supplies

    For many years we have given out our Back 2 School kits the first week of classes as part of our “Win School Supplies for an Entire School” contest. Each school is allowed to decide how they want to handle the distribution. In some instances, we’ve visited classrooms and it was very low key. In

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    ACE Charter School Awarded School Supplies for Every Student

    As the first of two schools to be selected as winners in our annual “Win School Supplies for the Entire School” contest, ACE Technical Charter School students were surprised on the official first day of classes for Chicago Public Schools. 500 of our signature Back 2 School kits were handed out. To announce the news,

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    “Build A Kit” with Four Chicago-based Companies Yields Impressive Results

    Our efforts to grow our “Build A Kit” program, which has companies getting our school supplies in bulk and then assembling them into kits has proven to be a great growth generator for us. On August 31, 600 kits were built by more than twenty-five employees from Belgravia Group, Maris Construction, Sullivan Goulette & Wilson

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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
Cristian P."

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
I needed."

Joshua N. - 11 years old

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