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Backpacks for Success

Back-to-school season is an exciting time for many children as they look forward to the year ahead, but unfortunately, some children don’t have access to the supplies they need for a successful school year. Providing kids with back-to-school supplies increases classroom participation, attendance and student morale.

The Backpacks for Success program provides students in kindergarten through grade 12 in Windsor-Essex County with backpacks filled with grade-appropriate supplies.  Backpacks and books are distributed to children through existing United Way programs and other non-profit partners serving children and youth before the school year begins, but financial donations are welcome year-round.

What’s In A Backpack?

Paper, pencils, pens, markers, erasers, sharpener, pencil case, binders, duotangs, highlighters, ruler​, and a calculator.

How Can You Help?

In 2021, 2,000 backpacks filled with school supplies and $15,000 in Staples gift cards were handed out to students in Windsor-Essex County. For just $25, you can support one student with a backpack.

2021 Summer Programs Report

Read about the community impact, our program sponsors and volunteers.

In The News

July 16, 2021

United Way Launches Annual Backpack and School Supply Drive

United Way’s Backpacks for Success program provides students with backpacks filled with grade-appropriate supplies they need for school.