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 2,000 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

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

Dousman Transport

Erie Insurance

First Student Bus Company


Good Harvest



Milwaukee Area Labor Council

Oberlin Filter


Power Test, Inc.

ProHealth Care

Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c.

RiverGlen Church

Santana Dotson Foundation


SPX Transformer Solutions

United Steelworks District 2


WIS Logistics

 Number of Backpacks by Year

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.

2017 Applications Available
June 1

2017 Application Deadline
July 29

2016 Distribution Day
August 19

2017 Fill the Bus

Saturday, July 29

Good Harvest - Pewaukee - Silvernail Rd
Walmart - Delafield
Walmart - Mukwonago
Walmart - Muskego
Walmart - Waukesha

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