Financial demands surrounding school-age children–clothing, child care, school supplies, among others–place additional hardships on families struggling to manage scarce resources. That’s why we’ve partnered with community schools to collect school supplies for students in grades K-12 who need them. Project Stuff-A-Backpack is a month-long event to collect backpacks and school supplies for low-income families. The gift of a backpack, school supplies or accessories will help equip students for success and relieve some of the financial stress parents are shouldering.

To make a school supply donation, you can any YMCA in the Metro Detroit area. We provide a drop-off bin the lobby. We then distribute the supplies through a partnership with local schools.

To encourage donations, our YMCAs are offering financial incentives for contributions to the campaign, such as a discount on joiner’s fees to those who make an eligible school supply donation.

Stuff-A-Backpack runs from August 1 through August 31.

Questions about the program? Please contact us.

Great Items to Donate:

  • Backpacks
  • Pens and Pencils
  • Markers
  • Paper & Notebooks
  • Binders & Organizers