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Back-to-School Supply Drive

Each year hundreds of children in greater Itasca County go back to school without the essential school supplies they need to succeed in the classroom. When children don't have the school supplies they need, they often disconnect in school, making it much harder to succeed academically.

United Way, in partnership with the local Alpha Delta Kappa chapter of women educators, is engaging volunteers to equip local students with the materials and confidence they need to get a strong start in school.

When you host a drive or donate supplies, you help students across our community access the tools needed to stay on track to graduation.

To get started download our toolkit and follow the steps outlined below. Or bring needed items to one of these drop locations: Woodland Bank (Hill City), Old Central School, Central Square Mall, St. Josephs Church, Grand Rapids United Methodist Church, Zion Evangelical Lutheran Church, St Andrew's Lutheran Church, Community Presbyterian Church, Christ Episcopal Church, SuperOne locations, Mary Immaculate Church (Bovey), St. Augustine Catholic Church (Cohasset), and Our Redeemer Lutheran Church (Cohasset).

Download Toolkit

Are you or someone you know in need of a backpack or school supplies? If so, please fill out the electronic form. Thanks to generous donors, pre-assembled backpacks filled with essential school supplies are available for elementary, middle, and high school students.

Request Supplies


8 Steps To Hosting A Successful Drive 

Fill out the registration form here, and our staff will reach out to make sure you have all the tools you need to create a successful drive.

2. PICK YOUR CREW AND SET THE DATE. Get a team of family, friends, and neighbors to help you organize and execute your drive. Then pick a start and end date that works best for your team (we suggest making your drive at least two weeks long to give folks time to shop).

3. PREPARE YOUR SPACE. Once you’ve picked the location for your Supplies Drive, you should prepare for the incoming donations. Clear out space, set up boxes, and get organized so your drive can run smoothly. 

4. GET THE WORD OUT ABOUT YOUR DRIVE. Use the United Way Outreach Toolkit (at the bottom of this page) to let everyone know how they can help with your Supplies Drive through flyers, emails, and social media.

5. START YOUR DRIVE AND GET COLLECTING! Start your supply drive and begin collecting donations. Set goals so you can motivate your community. As you start collecting, be sure to take lots of pictures to send to us after your drive.

6. DELIVER THE SUPPLIES. Once your supplies have been collected, and the end date has passed, please fill out our short recap survey to let us know how your event went. Don’t forget to send in pictures of your drive to Then, someone will be in touch to schedule a time for you to have your items picked up, or you can deliver the donations to the United Way office.

7. THANK YOUR TEAM! Be sure to thank everyone who took part in your drive and send them a thank you message. A simple thank you can go a long way.

Contact us anytime if you have questions or could use some help. Contact us at or call 218-999-7570.


List of Needed School Supplies


Dry erase markers

Pink erasers


Composition notebooks

Wire-bound notebooks

Watercolor paint boxes

Plastic pencil boxes

Pencil bags

3-ring binders (1")

3-ring binders (3")

Pencil top erasers


Pens- blue or black

Mechanical pencils

Pencil sharpeners

Colored pencils


Color crayons

School glue

Glue sticks

3 x 3 Post-its


Ziploc Bags (quart size)

Disinfecting wipes

Hand sanitizer