Help Collect School Supplies for Students in Need!


Project Backpack is a community-based initiative led by Elgin Community College to benefit students in need, by offering appropriate resources to start a successful school year. Nearly 17,000 students have been helped since 2010!

Different Times Call For Different Measures

In response to COVID-19, Project Backpack is coordinating getting backpacks with school supplies to those in need that are enrolled for fall 2020 at Elgin Community College (District 509) or school districts U-46, D300, D301, D303, or D20 - or reside therein. More information on this year's event to follow.

For safety reasons, we will not be collecting donated items. Though, we encourage and appreciate monetary donations/sponsorships in order to purchase supplies.

Project Backpack 2010 Event

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Event Partners: 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 Centro de InformaciĆ³n.