How you

can help!

Volunteer Opportunities

Please follow this link for a complete list of volunteer opportunities and the volunteer registration portion of our website. We need over 100 volunteers to make this event a success. All that is required is a cheerful attitude and a smile.

Tax-deductible Donations

Please know that all donations go directly to purchasing supplies for the one-day shop. Back to School Fond Du Lac Limited is a 501(c)3 public charitable organization and donations are tax-deductible.

Supply Donations

School supply donations can be brought to the Boys and Girls Club or The Salvation Army during normal business hours. If you have a large number of supplies, please call ahead so that we can be prepared to assist with the size of your donation.

Who We Are

The “who” coordinating the behind-the-scenes activities for Back to School FDL are individuals from various churches, businesses, and organizations such as ADVOCAP, the Boys & Girls Club, the Fond du Lac School District, and the Salvation Army. This team relies on the support and generosity of individuals and groups throughout the Fond du Lac area for raising funds, collecting supplies, sorting supplies, distributing supplies, and shopping with the kids on Distribution Day.

What We Do

Back to School FDL focuses on the children in the local area who need assistance with obtaining school supplies for the upcoming school year.  In order to meet those needs, we solicit area businesses and organizations, conduct fundraisers, and write grants so that we will have the monies available for purchasing supplies. We also conduct supply drives at numerous locations throughout Fond du Lac over the summer.

When We Do It

The team starts planning in March for the upcoming August Back to School Distribution Day. Please note: We are always looking for new volunteers. 

The event takes place each year on a Saturday in August at the YMCA | Boys & Girls Club of Fond du Lac.

Who We Serve

We provide school supplies to all children in the Fond du Lac area whose parents meet the income eligibility requirements and who have registered at The Salvation Army. For 2020, registration is online only due to COVID-19 concerns and to ensure the safety of the participants and the volunteers.

Our Heritage

Back to School began in 1995 and initially served about 100 students. Ascension Lutheran, First Presbyterian and The Salvation Army of Fond Du Lac worked together to develop the program over the first two years. Soon many other churches joined in  and the program expanded rapidly with the Salvation Army determining what families needed help and  churches collecting  money and  supplies. By 2007 the program served nearly 800 students in Fond du Lac County. In 2008 through 2011 the Salvation Army took over full operation and control of the program. By 2011 the number of students served dropped to 300 to 400 students. In 2012 the program was reorganized with the collaboration and support of the entire community coming together to expand the program. A dream team of Churches and Agencies was formed and by 2014, 2015, and 2016 the community wide “Back to School FDL” served over 1200 students in the county.

Students Served in 1995

Students Served in 2007

Students Served in 2011

Students Served in 2019 approximately

Why You Should Provide Financial Support!

The Fond du Lac School District has 7,082 students for the 2018-2019 school year. The number of economically disadvantaged students is 3,087, or 43%. These students live in families that struggle to make ends meet and have to decide what bills they can afford to pay. In situations like this, school supplies often don’t get bought.

One teacher commented that,

“Our students already have doubts about their importance and the value of school. The children without pencils learn to pretend that they don’t care about being prepared, but it is clearly a source of stress.”

Having school supplies has a significant impact on increased interest in learning, increased class participation, increased class preparedness, homework completion, improved self-esteem, student behavior, and school attendance.


Percentage of Economically Disadvantaged Students

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Principal Level Supporters

for meeting the challenge with a gift of $501 – $1,500

     “Our gratitude to
Gannett® Media and the
Fond du Lac Reporter for
contributing to our success

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“Create Salon & Spa
values our mission and

‘Styles’ our success

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“We appreciate the caring
First Presbyterian Church
of Fond du Lac.”

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“We thank Alliant Energy®
Foundation for their past
and present support.”

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“A driving force of community
support for the ‘Back to School’ mission
is WELLS® Vehicle Electronics”

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“We acknowledge the
United Way™ 
for contributing to
our continued success.”

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“Thank you National Exchange Bank Foundation, Inc. for your
generous donation!”

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Donate Today For Recognition All Year!

Donate today and get the recognition you deserve as countless visitors browse this site. Our Team is counting on your support to be sure no child is unprepared. Please help make this possible with a tax-deductible contribution. Your donation helps to make our community better. Right here. Right now.

Help Us Make a Difference in a Child’s Future
by Choosing a Giving Level that’s Right for You.

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creative fundraising Ideas.
Just let us know the type of
event you’d like to host.

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⇒ Download Promotional Tools
(pdfs of posters, hand-outs)

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If you have questions about our program and it's Mission, please email us at

Back to School FDL, a community-wide collaboration, helps many children in the Fond du Lac area begin school each year with the supplies they need. Over the past several years, an average of 1200 kids per year has benefited from this community effort, an effort that takes many, many helping hands.

Consider joining our Back to School team this year. We are looking for new volunteers who can give several hours of time during the months from May through August to ensure that curbside

distribution on Saturday, August 22 at the YMCA/Boys and Girls Club is an unqualified success.. We need help raising funds, securing school supplies, distributing flyers and posters, and working in a variety of areas on shopping day.

Back to School FDL is a program that works. Join us as we help children from the area start school next September with the supplies they need. Help us help kids begin school with confidence; help us help make a difference in a child’s life.

Registration Table:
SERVICERegistration volunteers assist families with registering their child for Back to School Fond du Lac.  Volunteers verify names and distribute and explain information packets.
EXPECT TO BE:  Mostly sitting
Family Greeters & Guides:
SERVICES: Assist families with the Back to School process by greeting them as they arrive, and helping them find their way around. Also assist Registration Team to ensure families get registered in order and on time.
EXPECT TO BE:  Mostly standing and walking.
Family Registration Day:
SERVICE: Volunteers will assist families with filling out Back to School application.
EXPECT TO BE:  Mostly sitting.
Fill the Bus:
SERVICE: Fill the Bus volunteers  stand at the entrance of local stores and hand out flyers.  Volunteers may also collect the supplies and possibly transport the supplies to the Boys and Girls Club.
EXPECT TO BE: You will be outside!  We recommend bringing water, a chair, and anything else you feel will make you comfortable (umbrella for shade?).  This takes place in July and early August.
Supply Table:
SERVICE:  Volunteers  manage their assigned supplies and restock the table when their supplies run low. At the end of the day volunteers  assist with packing up extra supplies.
EXPECT TO BE: Sitting and Standing.
Sorting Supplies Volunteers:
SERVICEAs supplies are donated, they are stored at the Boys and Girls Club.  It is now time to organize!  You will be sorting and counting school supplies.  Dates to be determined.
Personal Shopper:
SERVICE: Volunteers  assist child with “shopping” for school supplies.  They  guide each child through Back to School FDL and ensure that all needed supplies are obtained.
EXPECT TO BE:  Mostly walking

Difference Makers

These are just a few of the dedicated volunteers that make Back to School Fond du Lac a success!

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