raising funds for school supplies

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

Collaboration partners: Evanston COPE, Evanston/Skokie PTA Council, Foundation 65, Evanston/Skokie District 65 and Evanston Community Foundation.

donations are always welcome

$20 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 "School Supplies Fund" as illustrated below.




2015 success

In late August 2015, approximately 950 students were provided with school supplies and backpacks through a partnership between Evanston/Skokie School District 65, COPE (Caring Outreach by Parents in Evanston) and the District 65 PTA Council. Supplies were distributed to students by many volunteers before the start of school on August 24.

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.