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 approximately 3,000 backpacks with grade appropriate school supplies to students in grades K-12. 

Or mail checks to:
United Way,  Attn: Backpack Coalition,  225 W. Vine St., Milwaukee, WI 53212


Supply Drives

Public supply collection bins are located at area Boston Stores July 19 through August 2nd. Meet Green Bay Packers Linebacker Jayrone Elliott on Saturday, July 22nd. Bring in a school supply donation and receive an autograph between 2:00 - 3:30pm at Brookfield Square.

Other Ways to Get Involved

Donate Supplies

Contact Lori Hayes to learn more about hosting a drive at your organization. Or drop off supplies June 1 - August 11, 2017. 


To volunteer with the Backpack Coalition please click here.

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 Coalition Members

Aurora Health Care

Child & Family Centers of Excellence

Food Pantry of Waukesha County

Girl Scouts of Wisconsin Southeast

Hope Center

Interfaith Senior Programs

MSK Advertising

Mukwonago Food Pantry

Muskego Food Pantry

Oberlin Filter

Oconomowoc Food Pantry

Pewaukee Food Pantry

ProHealth Care, Inc.

The Waukesha Salvation Army

United Way of Greater Milwaukee and Waukesha County

Waukesha County Health and Human Services

Waukesha County UW-Extension


 Corporate Sponsors & Partners


Century Fence

Dousman Transport

Erie Insurance

First Student Bus Company


Good Harvest, Pewaukee

Green Bay Packers


Markel Personal Lines


Milwaukee Area Labor Council

Oberlin Filter

ORBIS Corporation, a subsidiary of Menasha Corporation

Power Test, Inc.

ProHealth Care

Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.

RiverGlen Church

Santana Dotson Foundation

Sky Zone Milwaukee


SPX Transformer Solutions

United Steelworks District 2


We Energies

WIS Logistics

Wisconsin Painting Contractors Assc. WI.

 Number of Backpacks by Year

2018 Fill the Bus

Saturday, July 28

Good Harvest - Pewaukee
Wal-Mart - Brown Deer
Wal-Mart - Delafield
Wal-Mart - Greendale
Wal-Mart - Mukwonago
Wal-Mart - Muskego
Wal-Mart - New Berlin
Wal-Mart - Pewaukee
Wal-Mart - Silver Spring
Wal-Mart - Waukesha

Getting a Backpack

Waukesha County Applications Available At:
Waukesha: Waukesha Food Pantry, Health & Human Services and Salvation Army
Pewaukee: Food Pantry, School District Office
Oconomowoc: Food Pantry
Muskego: Food Pantry
Mukwonago: Food Pantry

Milwaukee: Students at Auer Avenue and Hopkins-Lloyd Elementary Schools will receive a backpack prior to school starting. In-coming freshmen at James Madison Academic Campus and Bradley Tech High Schools will receive a backpack prior to school starting.

2018 Applications Available
May 1

2018 Application Deadline
July 20

2018 Distribution Day
August 18