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 almost 5,000 backpacks with grade appropriate school supplies to students in grades K-12. 


Get Involved

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


Supply Drives

Public supply drive bins are located at:

  • United Way offices - 1717 Paramount Dr., Waukesha and 225 W. Vine St., Milwaukee
  • Sunset Bank & Savings - 521 W. Sunset Dr., Waukesha and 2500 Grandview Blvd, Pewaukee
  • Springs Water Park - Ingleside Hotel (formally Country Springs Hotel) - 2810 Golf Rd., Pewaukee

To host a drive at your business or organization, please fill out this survey requesting more information.



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

Milwaukee: Students at Auer Avenue Community School, Browning Elementary, Hopkins Lloyd Community School, Lincoln Avenue School, and Longfellow School, and incoming freshmen at Bradley Tech High School, James Madison Academic Campus, and South Division High School will receive a backpack prior to school starting.

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

Applications Available: April 2

Application Deadline: June 22

Distribution Day: August 18

*Students enrolled in Blair or Whittier for the 2018-2019 school year will be provided backpacks (no application required).

© 2019 United Way of Greater Milwaukee & Waukesha County is a 501(C)(3) Nonprofit registered in the US under EIN: 39-0806190.