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Free back to school supplies in DuPage, Will and Kane County

Charities, churches, and townships in Kane, Will and DuPage County provide free school supplies to low to moderate income families. There are annual giveaway programs for students of all ages, from kindergarten to high school up to college. The free back to school supply assistance programs include a wide range of goods, even uniforms or personal toiletries. The list of places for school items below is only a sampling - find other free clothing closets in Will County or, for other areas, locate Kane County free clothing closets.

Parents, and students, can get some or all of the following. The school supply giveaways are based on donations.

  • Electronics, including chrome books or laptops.
  • More expense school supply items including backpacks, book bags, sneakers, lunch bags, or clothes.
  • Writing material such as pens, pencils, highlighters, notebooks, crayons and more.
  • Other items including calculators, rulers, protractors, etc.

Students can also get free personal toiletries, services, hygiene goods and related assistance. There are charities (as well as volunteers) in DuPage as well as Will County that give students haircuts. Or children in Will, Kane and DuPage County can get food, snacks, deodorant and other hygiene goods. Find more details on where to go, and how to get school items below.

Catholic Charities and Back to School Fair
DuPage County - 3130 Finley Rd., Downers Grove, IL 60515. Phone: 630-495-800
Will County is at 16555 Weber Rd., Crest Hill, Illinois 60403. Call  815-723-3405
This is focused on DuPage and will County, but so me struggling Kane County residents can get help too. There are many assistance programs offered, including free food, dental cleanings for children, winter jackets, boots, sneakers and more. This is in addition to the free back to school supplies passed out.

 

 

 

Will County Community Action - Center For Community Concerns
Location is 2455 Glenwood Ave.
Joliet, IL 60435
For information, dial (815) 722-0722
This is the non-profit community action agency. There are Seasonal Programs (such as free school supplies), information on scholarships, teen employment, grants and more. There is also limited financial help.

Salvation Army of Kane, Will, and DuPage County programs
There are several Salvation Army social service centers across these 3 counties. They help with many needs, including school supplies, food, Christmas toys, as well as snacks for students. Free backpacks, book bags, books, personal toiletries and more. There are also thrift stores for low cost desks (for students), free winter attire and many other low income assistance programs. More on free items from Illinois Salvation Army.

Kane County Project Backpack
Dial 847-214-7370
A number of companies, non-profits, and businesses participate. They collect school supplies, notebooks, school uniforms and more and give to students, including minority, immigrants, and single mom run households. Partners include Centro de Información, Elgin Community College, ECC Faculty Association, Kane County Teachers Credit Union, ECCP3, Community Crisis Center, Kane County Regional Office of Education, and School District U-46.

PATH Crisis Center
201 East Grove Street Suite 200
Bloomington, IL 61701
For referrals, call (309) 827-4005
Free referrals are given.  Get backpacks filled with school supplies, information on free wireless or internet, laptops and more. Get notebooks, pens, pencils, coats, calculators and so much more.

 

 

 

 

St. Patrick Catholic Church
Church is at 6N491 Crane Road
Saint Charles, Illinois 60175
(630) 338-8270

Spanish Community Center
Address is 309 N Eastern Ave
Joliet, Illinois 60432
For hours, call 815-727-3683
A major focus is on immigrants, Latinos, and Spanish speakers in Will and DuPage county. There are free educational and school supplies given out. Or sign up for ESL classes, food programs, green cards, or use a computer lab or after school center.

Love in the Name of Christ
Call 630.512.8665
They operate a Clearinghouse. This gives information to callers. Learn about places for clothes, including school attire. There are toys, computers, notebooks and backpacks, books, and more for children and students. Call for referrals.

PRC - Peoples Resource Center
201 S Naperville Rd, Wheaton, IL 60187
Westmont Office, 104 Chestnut Ave, Westmont, IL 60559
Phone  (630) 682-5402
Programs include free clothes, classes, adult literacy, computers, workshops and more for students - no matter their age. Continue with Peoples Resource Center.

 

By Jon McNamara

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