How to Donate!

Did You Know?

  • One in three students in Bloomington-Normal public schools comes from a financially strapped family.
  • There are more than 5,500 students in grades K-8 who qualify for free and reduced lunch in District 87 and Unit 5 schools.

The Back 2 School Alliance (BTSA) is a group of volunteers and community partners dedicated to supporting students in need.  For the past 21 years, we have worked hand-in-hand with District 87 and Unit 5 to bring kids and community together by putting backpacks and school supplies into the hands of children who need them most.

 How can I help?

  •  Drop Off supplies at a BTSA box in a participating store or business. HyVee, East and West Market Wal-Mart, either school district office, Meijer, Bloomington Public Library,
  • Assist BTSA with our school supply drives at east  Wal-Mart in July  by clicking Sign up to help at WalMart
  • Volunteer to pack backpacks at Midwest Foodbank by clicking here- Sign up to help pack.
  • Host a supply drive.
  • Donate (tax deductible) to the effort by clicking the Pay Pal Donate Now link, or mail a check payable to IPCF with “BTSA” in the memo line to:

Illinois Prairie Community Foundation

915 E. Washington, Suite 2

  1. Bloomington, IL 61701

Organizations and business donating $100 or more and/or holding a supply drive will be recognized as sponsors, if you desire.

We pack bags all year long with help from the VTap program for disabled high school students.

Donations are accepted year round.