Backpack Coalition has been serving our community for over 20 years and has been led by United Way since 2014. It is committed to providing backpacks and school supplies to students with financial constraints and helping ensure they succeed in school. Each year the coalition distributes thousands of backpacks with grade appropriate school supplies to students in grades K-12.
Thank you to our community for their past support of the Backpack Coalition. In 2023, more than 7,100 new backpacks filled with school supplies were distributed to students in Milwaukee Community Schools and schools in Waukesha and Washington counties.
Here are a few ways a donation makes difference:
- Ensures a child starts the school year with the supplies they need to succeed. With the right school supplies, a child's capacity to learn can be greatly enhanced.
- Helps a child feel proud to have their own school supplies. The average cost of school supplies hovers around $75 and not every family can afford this cost.
- Reduces the amount of money teachers spend from their own pockets to provide school supplies for their students.
- Helps families redirect their limited budgets to other important needs: rent, food, bills, school clothes, and more.
As the 2024-2025 school year approaches, we are proud to once again ensure thousands of local students start the year off right. With rising costs and more students to serve the need is greater than it has ever been. We hope you'll join us this year in supporting the Backpack Coalition.
When you donate your dollars to Backpack Coalition, we can purchase backpacks and school supplies at bulk rates. This means we can offer support to even more students.
Or to donate via check, mail to: United Way Pledge Processing, PO Box 88988, Milwaukee, WI 53288-8988
Payable to: United Way Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County
NOTE: Please add to your check memo line, "Backpack Coalition Restricted Fund"