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. More than 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 2021 at Elgin Community College (District 509) or school districts U-46, D300, D301, D303, or D20 - or reside therein. Backpacks will be delivered to the districts for distribution prior to the start of the 2021 fall school year.

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

Download Donation Drive Poster (PDF)

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.