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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On October 15, 2016 at
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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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    This Year’s “BIG” Distribution & Activity Day Is The Biggest Yet

    At the Broadway Armory Park on August 9th we hosted our “BIG” Distribution & Activity Day Event, B2SI’s largest distribution of the year. This year’s event marked the 12th year we’ve distributed school supplies. It’s been amazing to witness both the growth and evolution of from the 1st year in which we helped just 125

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    Milan National Guard Armory Distribution

    As the summer months come to an end, we enter the beginning of our main school supplies distribution season. This month began with a distribution event at Milan National Guard Armory, located in Milan, IL near the Iowa border. Back 2 School Illinois provided 100 kits to the families of military veterans through our community

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    Deloitte Hosts Second Annual Impact Day

    The day after our Kickoff Dinner the Irving Park YMCA served as the site for a day of kit building with volunteers from Deloitte. B2SI Board Member and Deloitte employee, Michael Kracjer, helped organize this “Build A Kit” event for a second year in a row but this time expanding on both the number of

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    2016 Kickoff Dinner Returns to Galleria Marchetti

    On June 9th we came together to celebrate the work of Back 2 School Illinois and to thank all our sponsors, partners, family and friends who make our work possible. The festivities got underway with a lovely cocktail reception which allowed everyone, from this year’s college scholarship winners, to Currency Exchange owners who launched B2SI,

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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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