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Wilder School Success Supply Drive

Providing school supplies annually to students served by Wilder


You answered the call to support Wilder’s 2022 School Success Drive and uplift children and their loved ones to be ready for school success.

Thanks to contributions from the Greater Twin Cities United Way, our community partners and our donors and volunteers, we provided backpacks with school supplies to about 2,000 children served by Wilder programs this fall!

We expanded the school supply drive this year because kids need more than backpacks for success. With your help, we collected more than $14,000 and 250 snack packs to help prepare growing learners for school with resources beyond classroom supplies. These cash and in-kind donations benefit students connected to Wilder and help get them ready for everything a new school year brings. With your generosity, our collective support for families with school-aged children ensures students are prepared for future success! We appreciate you and all you do for students across the greater Saint Paul area.

School Success Drive By the Numbers

  • 17 partner organizations
  • 20 volunteers
  • 50 individual donors

Our community of supporters came together and provided in-kind and financial contributions that include:

  • 250+ snack packs
  • $14,500 dollars

Your generosity benefits the approximately 2,000 students who are connected to Wilder through one of our many programs, services and partnerships!

Check back for information about the next school supply drive in summer 2023.


We choose to partner with Wilder for their backpack drive because we have a shared mission of making a meaningful difference in our communities through direct impact. Our internal employees have also benefitted from Wilder’s services. They have experienced firsthand how Wilder has changed their lives for the better.

Award Staffing, School Success Drive partner organization

School supplies set students up for success

The annual School Success drive helps address equity in our schools and in our community by setting more students up with the tools they need to be successful. Providing backpacks and school supplies for the children and youth served by Wilder helps support parents and removes barriers so more young people have what they need to be prepared for school. We also know that those barriers are more pronounced than ever, and students need more than backpacks and supplies to excel in the classroom.

We built on our many years of success to provide backpacks, supplies, and more to school-age children served by Wilder in the 2022-2023 school year, and we are excited about supporting Wilder-connected students for years to come!

We hope that we have made a small contribution to the great work Wilder is doing in our community.

Julia Burgess, donor and volunteer who supports school success at Wilder

Want to Partner With Wilder?

The yearly School Supply Drive is a perfect opportunity for businesses and teams to make a difference in the community and a great project for families and individuals to do at home.

Have questions? Please contact for more information about how to participate.

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