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
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! —
- June 10, 2016
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
- June 9, 2016
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,
- February 15, 2016
This month we finalized a new partnership with Broadway Youth Center, a safe haven for queer youth in Chicago. Located in the Lakeview neighborhood, the center has an open-door policy for teens who need medical treatment or just someone to talk to. It’s hard enough to be a teenager with all the physical and emotional
- February 9, 2016
B2SI celebrated a new distribution partnership at the beginning of this month with Catholic Charities, which included a kit distribution at the Peace Corner Youth Center. The facility, located in the Austin neighborhood, acts as a safe haven for kids in the area. After-school activities are the main focus of Peace Corner, but weekend programs are slowly being
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