The Backpack Fund was back for year two and we were able to improve on our success from last year. We donated 509 backpacks and school supplies directly to people along with 168 more to Riverside and 32 to Madison Schools. 709 backpacks and school supplies total!

We distributed supplies at 5 stops this year and here is the breakdown:

  • 67 at Painesville Township Park

  • 98 at Tractor Supply Co Parking Lot (Mentor Ave)

  • 144 at Morley Library

  • 72 at Grand River Park

  • 128 at Madison Public Library


We expanded to Madison this year! The expansion was led by 3 Madison alumni and it was a huge success!


Also brand new to this year was our volunteer packing event! 14 volunteers packed all the backpacks with school supplies in 3 hours at Parkside Elementary.


The Emily Ringler Memorial Scholarship will always be a part of The Backpack Fund. This year it was awarded to Gabrielle Fender!

To give back to our donors we raffled off over $750 in donated prizes. Over 100 donors donated over $7,000 this year!


The project was also supported by over 500 volunteer hours from our staff and volunteers!

All of this because we dreamed BIG and YOU have shown that all kids can dream BIG too.


The Backpack Fund donated 552 backpacks full of school supplies fit for K-12 students


Volunteer staff spent 300 hours putting it all together . . .


We awarded a $1,000 scholarship to Olivia Sutter to honor Emily Ringler


Over 110 donors fundraised nearly $8,000 in just three weeks!

As a community, we demonstrated our shared belief that kids are capable of anything. Every person involved with the project played an important role in helping kids reach their dreams.