raising funds for school supplies

More than $25,000 was donated by August 4 towards the $30,000 goal to provide over 1000 Evanston students with backpacks and school supplies.

Evanston COPE (Caring Outreach by Parents in Evanston) is the organization leading this effort, in partnership with Evanston/Skokie District 65, Evanston/Skokie PTA Council, and Evanston Community Foundation.

donations are always welcome

$23 buys a backpack and school supply kit for one child.

New donations will support the ongoing school supply needs of approximately 36 percent of the district's students who qualify for free lunch.

To donate on the Give Now page click on Other Fund(s) "View a full listing here"  to select "COPE School Supplies Fund" as illustrated below.




2016 success

Thank you to everyone who helped us reach the 2016 goal of $20,000 to provide school supplies to 1000 Evanston students.

School_Supply_D65_letter_9-2015.jpggenerous support

Including an initial $2500 Community Catalyst grant from ECF, more than $17,000 was raised, surpassing the $15,000 goal, with generous support from Evanston COPE, Foundation 65, Houghton Mifflin Harcourt, Mather Lifeways, Rotary Club of Evanston and Rotary Club of Evanston Lighthouse, Steele Foundation, Sts. Mark, Matthew, Luke and Andrew Churches and more than 70 individual donors. In addition, hundreds of items were collected at donation drives by local businesses.

L to R: Maria Allison, Chief Strategy Officer; Joyce Bartz, Assistant Superintendent for Special Services; Kristin James, PTA Council President; and Paul Perry, Special Services Supervisor, work with volunteers to distribute school supply kits in 2014.