2020 Back-To-School Drive | COVID-19 Response

Why School Supplies?

At Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago, we strive to enable all young people, especially those who need us most, to reach their full potential as productive, caring, responsible citizens.

School supplies ensure that all kids have the same opportunities to start the school year right and have a profound impact on youth and their learning experience. With the current public health crisis, more and more families are experiencing financial insecurity; and as a result, many children won’t have access to essential learning tools.

With your help, we can ensure that each of our Club members have the supplies they need to be prepared and successful in the school year ahead. Our goal is to collect Backpacks and School Supplies for 2,500 Club members, ages 5-18!

There are THREE ways you can support the Back-To-School drive:

  1. Make a Gift: Your financial contribution will allow BGCC to continue to provide essential learning and educational resources to our Club members through in-person or virtual club programming.
  2. DIY School Supply Kit: Instructions below share how you can make a DIY School Supply Kit for our Club members in the comfort of your own home or with friends or colleagues.
  3. Donate School Supplies: Go to our Back-To-School Drive Amazon Wish List and select items that you would like to donate and have ship directly to the Clubs!

DIY School Supply Kit

What You’ll Need


  • Review the requested packing list items needed in each gallon-sized plastic bag or backpack
    • Packing List: 1 New Youth/Teenager Backpack, 2 College Ruled Spiral Bound Notebooks, 2 Folders. 4 Pencils. 4 Erasers, 4 Pens, 1 Pencil, Sharpener, 1 Pack of Crayola Markers, 1 Ruler, 2 Glue Sticks
      • We are unable to accept used donations.
  • Purchase new school supplies from your preferred store or website
  • Put the school supplies together in either a gallon-sized plastic bag or new backpack
  • Donate your packs at a scheduled drop off date, time and location!

Contact Information

If you or your company would like to participate or schedule a delivery, please send a confirmation email to Emily Steepleton, Corporate & Foundations Coordinator at esteepleton@bgcc.org or call 312-248-8576. If you have any questions about supply needs or would like to make a donation in support of the drive, please do not hesitate to reach out!

Thank you for your continued support of Boys & Girls Clubs of Chicago. Together we are creating brighter futures for Chicago’s youth!