For many of the families JCFS Chicago serves, basic tangible needs are out of their financial reach.
JCFS Chicago Annual Back to School Drive
For many families, the expense of preparing a child or teen for the new school year is simply beyond their means. Each year JCFS Chicago hosts a back to school drive to help our youngest clients start the school year with a new backpack, school supplies and a sense of pride.
Nearly 500 children and teens in need who receive counseling, foster care, respite and other essential support services through JCFS will benefit from the generosity of our donors and our team of volunteers.
You can make a difference. If you are part of a summer camp or other organization, thinking of your Mitzvah project, or an individual who wants to get involved, you can host a drive or drop off donations at a JCFS Chicago location by July 5th.
School Supply Needs:
Solid-Colored backpacks for grades 7-12
- Boxes of Pens and Pencils
- Washable Markers
- Colored Pencils
- Large Pencils (for preschool/kindergartners)
- Scissors for 7-12th grade students
Back to School Drive Volunteers – In August we will need volunteers to help sort and fill backpacks to get them ready for distribution. Please check back for dates and times. For more information, or if you want to support this project but cannot make the July 5th deadline, contact Joshua Rosen at 773.467.3746
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 Immigration & Citizenship 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
Call toll-free at 855.700.5237 to speak to a JCFS Chicago Vehicle Donation Representative.
Our Representative will schedule a pickup that is convenient for you, and provide you with confirmation of your donation.