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Back to School Backpack 

The Families Helping Families School Supplies Closet is open year-round for youth in the foster care system, relative or approved placement, or who have been adopted in family foster care. During your visit to the Clothing Closet, let the volunteer know that you need school supplies.

Donate to the School Supplies Closet

Through your generosity and support, we prepare children who are in foster care, relative, or other approved placement throughout the area for their first day back to school and have helped youth in our community reach academic goals.

While many children are uprooted from their family home, having a reliable stock of school supplies helps alleviate the anxiety that often accompanies the “starting over” of a new school. This steady stock of school supplies can help relieve financial stress during the school year.

Annual Back to School Rally

Every year, Families Helping Families of Iowa hosts a Back to School Rally, providing around 400 backpacks to local students in foster care, approved/relative placement or those who have been adopted from foster care. If your business would like to host a school supply drive to help fill our backpacks for the 2019-2020 school year, please let us know!

Who qualifies for the Back to School Rally?

The Back to School Rally is only available to children who are currently in foster care, relative placement or other approved placement by the Department of Human Services, and to those adopted from foster care. Children must be between the ages of 1 and 18, and children over the age of 18 must have been re-entered into foster care or a special needs basis.

Register for the 2019 Rally

Registration will open July 1st and run until July 31st at 11:59 pm and can be accessed online.

If you′d like to contribute to the School Supplies Closet, we′re in need of the following items.
Backpacks (no wheels)
Binder (1” white, clear front)
Binder (with subject dividers)
Book Covers
Box of pencils
Calculator (basic)
Calculator (scientific)
Colored Pencils
Composition Notebooks (wide ruled)
Copy Paper (white)
Correction Fluid
Crayola Crayons (24 pack)
Crayola Markers (thin & wide)
Disinfecting Wipes
Dry Erase Markers
Ear Bud Headphones
Erasers (pink)
Flash drive
Folders (vinyl, 2 pockets)
Folders (plain, 3 prong)
Glue (Elmer’s)
Glue Sticks
Graph Paper

Hand Sanitizer
Highlighters (all colors)
Lined Notebook Paper (wide ruled)
Loose Leaf Paper
Mechanical Pencils
Note Cards (plain)
Note Cards (3×5 lined)
Pencil box or Zippered Pouch
Pencils (Ticonderoga)
Post-It Notes
Pens – black, blue, and red
Ruler with Centimeters and Inches
Scissors (Fiskars, rounded tip)
Scotch Tape
Sharpies (fine point, black)
Spiral Notebooks (wide ruled)
Staple Remover
Student planner
Trapper with zipper (include a pencil case insert)

Donations will be collected between now and July 26, and can be dropped off at any of our partner locations listed below:
Bankers Trust, 400 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids
Capri College, 2945 Williams Pkwy SW, Cedar Rapids
DC Taylor Co., 312 29th St NE, Cedar Rapids
Geonetric, 415 12th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids
Keller Williams Legacy Group, 4850 Armar Dr Se, Cedar Rapids
Keller Williams Legacy Group, 708 5th St, Suite 2, Coralville
Keller Williams Legacy Group, 211 E Main St, Anamosa
Keller Williams Legacy Group, 605 Rossville Rd, Waukon
Nadia’s Salon & Spa, 3210 Center Point Rd NE, Cedar Rapids
Palo United Methodist Church, 118 Clinton St, Palo
Pearson, 9200 Earhart Lane SW, Cedar Rapids
Pearson, 2510 North Dodge St, Iowa City
Pollard Family Dentistry, 2335 Blairs Ferry Rd NE, Cedar Rapids
Revive Family Chiropractic, 915 Barrington Pkwy, Ste A, Marion
St. Andrews Lutheran Church, 4420 Center Point Rd NE, Cedar Rapids
Styles Unlimited Plus, 132 Railroad St, Ste B, Norway, IA
Urban Vintage Hair Studio & Spa, 1317 7th Ave, 2nd Floor, Marion
Virtue Salon & Spa, 420 12th Ave SE, Cedar Rapids
Vision Financial Group, 4140 Grand Ave, Des Moines
Veridian Credit Union, 5805 Rockwell Dr NE, Cedar Rapids
Veridian Credit Union, 2810 Edgewood Rd SW, Cedar Rapids
Wellmark, 600 3rd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids
UFG Insurance, 118 2nd Ave SE, Cedar Rapids