B2SI Free School Supplies Program

‌• Largest free school supply distribution program in Illinois

‌• Provides age-appropriate supply kits to children in need

‌• 960,000 school supplies given in 2015

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Giving kids a way to get fit and stay fit.

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College Scholarships

‌Every year we award scholarships to
deserving high school seniors.

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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 since 2010

(In Thousands)

Numbers are cumulative

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

Latest news

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    Legacy Boys & Girls Clubs Children Celebrate The Season

    Games, Food, and Kits Highlight Holiday Party As part of our expanded effort to give out Back 2 School kits during the holiday season we spent an afternoon with the kids at the Legacy Boys & Girls Club of Chicago in Little Village. It was so much fun as we got to help out with

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    Camp Duncan Party, A B2SI Holiday Tradition

    400 Children Treated to Kits, a Visit With Santa and So Much More For hundreds of children from Ingleside and neighboring communities, Christmas came a little early this year as they were treated to Camp Duncan YMCA’s annual holiday party. The festivities included lunch, face painting, live music and singing, and a trip through a

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    Green Dot & Currency Exchanges Launches Promotion Benefiting B2SI

    Sales of Prepaid Debit Cards To Raise Funds This holiday season, Green Dot is donating a portion of the proceeds from the sales of pre-paid debit cards at participating Currency Exchanges throughout Illinois. For every card sold with a load of $50 or more, B2SI will receive $2.00. There is no limit to the program

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    New Partnership With Windy City Media Group Serves LGBTQ Youth

    Back 2 School Kits Donated For “Out In The Open” Event As we’ve expanded our reach, we’ve also expanded our school supply distributions beyond the traditional summer back to school window. A few years back we realized the holiday season was a perfect opportunity to partner with various organizations to give out our Back 2

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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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