Help Collect School Supplies for Students in Need!


Thank you to everyone who made Project Backpack 2016 a success! We are so fortunate to work with amazing volunteers and community organizations.

Project Backpack, currently in its eigth year, is a community-based initiative led by Elgin Community College to benefit students in need. Over 16,000 students have been helped since 2010!

Supplies will be distributed on Saturday, August 12, 2017, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. (or until supplies last), at ECC’s Spartan Events Center, 1700 Spartan Drive, Elgin, to students who provide proof of residency or school enrollment within Elgin Community College District 509.

Supply fair recipients must demonstrate residency or school enrollment for Fall 2017 by presenting a medical card, school registration/report card, or birth certificate.

Backpacks are distributed on a first-come, first-served basis, and there is a limit of one backpack per student.

Project Backpack 2010 Event

Donations may be dropped off at community locations prior to July 31, 2017.

Desired Supply Items:

Folders (Two pocket, solid colors only )
Spiral Notebooks
   (one subject, wide ruled, solid colors only )
Packs of Loose Leaf/Filler Paper
   (150/200 count, wide ruled )
Packages of Pencils
   (10 count, standard #2, yellow wood )
Black pens
Scissors (gender-neutral color )
Glue Sticks (0.21 oz.)
Rulers  (wood or gender-neutral color )
Packs of crayons (24 ct./Crayola preferred)
Gender-neutral backpacks


Make payable and send to:
   ECC Foundation
   1700 Spartan Dr., Elgin, IL 60123
   Include "Project Backpack" in the memo line

Online: Donate online via
   ECC Foundation
  (under "Make a Gift" tab, indicate the designation
    of "Other" and add Project Backpack)


Volunteers are needed to fill backpacks with supplies on August 9 & 10 and also to assist with distribution on *August 12!

Note that for liability and student confidentiality reasons, volunteers under 18 years old are welcome to volunteer on August 9 and 10 only.

Would your community agency or business like to share your services with families in our community at Project Backpack!
Registration forms will be posted prior to the event.
Download Event Poster - English
Download Event Poster - Spanish

For more information about Project Backpack (event details, donations, or to volunteer),
contact Elgin Community College's Student Life Office: 847-214-7370.
    Para más información, por favor hable: 847-888-5000, x4211.

Sponsored by: Elgin Community College, ECC Faculty Association, ECCP3, Community Crisis Center, Kane County Regional Office of Education, Kane County Teachers Credit Union, School District U-46, and United Way of Elgin.