Backpack Coalition


Backpack Coalition



Backpack Coalition, which has been led by United Way since 2014, is committed to providing backpacks and school supplies to students with financial constraints, 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. 

The success of the Backpack Coalition is due to many caring volunteers, group supply drives, and our annual Fill the Bus event. In 2020, our strategy will look different to follow CDC guidelines but backpacks and school supplies are still needed. We know many local students rely on these backpacks so this year we are asking for a financial donation.

A $15 donation will provide a backpack filled with supplies for a student.




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To donate via check, mail to:

United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County
Attn: Backpack Coalition
Box 88110
Milwaukee, WI 53288-0110

Fill the Bus, Supply Drives, & Volunteering

Due to COVID-19 and corresponding CDC guidelines Backpack Coalition activities will not be happening in 2020.

How to Get a Backpack

Milwaukee: Backpacks will be distributed to our Milwaukee Community Partnership Schools.

Waukesha County: More information on applications and distribution coming soon. Applications are not needed for children attending Whittier, Hadfield, and Hawthorne Elementaries, all students at these shools will receive a backpack.

Thank You 2019 Corporate Sponsors & Partners

Donated dollar and/or in-kind donations of $500 and above

Advicent, Advocate Aurora Health, BMO Harris Bank, Briohn Building Corp, Charter Manufacturing, Church of the Resurrection, CSE Powered by Halo, Dana Investments, Eaton - Hickory Street, Eaton Cooper Power Systems, Enterprise holdings, Evangelical and Reform Church, Extension, Inc., First Student, Girl Scout Troop Franklin corners WISE, Good Harvest Pewaukee, Hamacher Resource Group, HNI Risk Solutions, Home Care Medical, Inc., HSA Bank, Irgens, Jason Industries, Johnson Controls, Kalmbach Media Co, Landmark Credit Union, M3 Insurance, Midwest Engineered Systems, Orbis Corp, Penrod, ProHealth Care,Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren, Rexnord Corp, Riverglen Christian Church, Rockwell Automation, Sikich LLP, SkyGen USA, Skyzone, Southridge Mall, Sunset Bank & Savings, Vernon Evangelical Lutheran Church, Waukesha State Bank, We Energies, Willis Towers Watson, Wisconsin Diagnostic, Walmart

Coalition Members

Aurora Health Care, Child & Family Centers of Excellence, Food Pantry of Waukesha County, Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast, Milwaukee Area Labor Council AFL-CIO, Mukwonago Food Pantry, Muskego Food Pantry, Oconomowoc Food Pantry, Pewaukee Food Pantry, School District of Waukesha, The Waukesha Salvation Army, United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County, Waukesha County Health and Human Services, Waukesha County UW-Extension



Contact Lori Hayes at 414.837.3639 or email.

© 2020 United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County is a 501(C)(3) Nonprofit registered in the US under EIN: 39-0806190.