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Cause Area

  • Children & Youth
  • Community
  • Education & Literacy


1946 West Irving Park RoadCHICAGO, IL 60613 United States

Organization Information

Mission Statement

Our mission: To create and support educational opportunities that enrich the lives of Illinois children. Education is the cornerstone to our society. We need to step up to help fill the gaps of a poor state economy, challenges to our schools and the fact that over one million of our children live in low-income or poverty conditions.


Back 2 School Illinois was formed in 2010, by the Community Currency Exchange Association of Illinois (CCEA), which represents more than 350 Currency Exchanges in the state. The roots of the organization were planted a number of years earlier when the first free school supply distribution was launched.

During the next decade, the school supplies program continued to expand, reaching more and more children from low-income families. As the program evolved, supplies were distributed in the form of Back 2 School kits, each containing the core supplies that students need to succeed in the classroom. To facilitate the distribution of these kits, partnerships have been developed with numerous community organizations and government agencies. In 2015, our Build-A-Kit initiative, which allows companies to purchase school supplies in bulk and assemble them into kits, as part of a team building exercise, has helped to accelerate the growth of the Back 2 School program.


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