For many of the families Jewish Child & Family Services serves, basic tangible needs are out of their financial reach.
Back to School Supply Drive 2017
Jewish Child & Family Services wants to ensure that our youngest clients -- as many as 450 children and youth served by our foster care, counseling and respite in-home services -- experience the joy of a new backpack overflowing with school supplies.
For some children and families, beginning the school year with a new backpack filled with essentials for classroom success is an annual tradition. It’s not if there will be new supplies, but where shall we go to buy all of the items on the long list from the school.
For other children, new backpacks, basic school supplies, are an uncertainty. Children growing up in the state’s child welfare system such as foster care or group homes, families with a child with a disability who face overwhelming medical bills, families who live with poverty…for these children and families starting the school year on the right foot may be out of reach.
Our wishlist for this year's drive includes:
- Backpacks-solid colored – sizes pre-k to high school
- Glue sticks
- Markers, washable
- Paper, spiral notebook or loose leaf
If you are interested in participating in this year's school supply drive, please answer these short questions and we will contact you confirming your participation. We kindly ask that donations are dropped off by Thursday, August 3rd.
If you are interested in volunteering to help fill and/or distribute backpacks to other JCFS offices, please sign up here.
Year round needs.
We also accept NEW toys, clothing and household items and are most in need of the following:
- Art supplies - play doh, water color paint and paper, construction paper and markers
- Dolls with a variety of ethnicities
- Science themed/educational games
We regret that we are unable to accept donations of furniture, computers, used clothing and used toys. The exception to this is certain times when we accept donations of furniture or computers for refugee resettlement. Please contact HIAS Chicago directly at 312.357.4666.
In-kind donation drop-offs are accepted at the following locations and times:
Central Office, 216 W. Jackson, Ste. 700, Chicago
10 AM - 4 PM, Tuesdays - Thursdays
10 AM - 3 PM, Fridays
Joy Faith Knapp Children’s Center, 3145 W. Pratt, Chicago
8 AM - 5 PM, Mondays - Thursdays
8 AM - 4:30 PM, Fridays
Elaine Kersten Children’s Center, 255 Revere, Ste. 200, Northbrook,
8 AM - 8 PM, Mondays & Tuesdays
8 AM - 5:30 PM, Wednesdays
8 AM - 8:30 PM, Thursdays
8 AM - 4:30 PM, Fridays
Donate Your vehicle, motorcycle, boat or RV
Our Representative will schedule a pickup that is convenient for you, and provide you with confirmation of your donation.