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.
Who we are
Get to know us
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, and distributing supplies.
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 who reside in Fond du Lac county and are eligible for free or reduced lunch, which includes households whose income is at or below 1.85 times the Federal poverty level.
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