Building a Community of Support: Queer and Ally Volunteers Unite To Celebrate LGBTQ History Month With Back-2-School Kits and Notes of Inspiration for Students 🏳️‍🌈 🏳️‍⚧️

WHEN: Friday, October 13, 2023 • 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM CST

WHERE: Center on Halsted | 3656 N Halsted St, Chicago, IL 60613

WHAT: LGBT Build-A-Kit Event 

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Chez Ordoñez, Public Relations, Back 2 School America

Back 2 School America, the Chicago-based nonprofit renowned for its Build-A-Kit program that provides vital school supplies for students in need proudly announces the return of their LGBT Build-A-Kit (Volunteering) Event on October 13, 2023, from 8am to 4pm CST, hosted at the Center on Halsted – ​ Chicago’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender community center. 

Queer volunteers and allies will strive for a goal of building 1,500 kits and also include uplifting Notes of Inspiration placed in each kit – encouraging students never to give up, and though some days may feel bad, they'll eventually get better.

“The LGBT community always answers the call to help others in need, especially when it’s underprivileged students, and providing them with hope and inspiration. This event is much more than building kits; it’s helping to build a student's self-esteem, giving inspiration, and letting them know that regardless of who they are or how tough things are right now, it will get better.”
​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ ​ – Matthew Kurtzman, CEO, Back 2 School America.


🏳️‍🌈 2023 Sponsors 🏳️‍⚧️

Comcast, Michael Leppen, McGuirewoods, Wintrust Bank, Starbucks Ferrara Candy

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About Back 2 School America

The Back 2 School program was launched in 2007 to address the pressing needs of communities and the inequities in educational opportunities for children. 

In 2015 the nonprofit changed its name to Back 2 School Illinois (B2SI) to reflect the work of the organization. In the summer of 2018, B2SI expanded and launched Back 2 School America, to provide Back 2 School kits to children across the USA. 

Today, B2SA continues to provide children of low-income households with free school supplies to help level the playing field and lessen the financial burden on their families and their teachers. The Back 2 School program has provided more than 350,000 children with their own school supply kit. The organization’s long-term goal is to make sure that all children in the USA are provided with the school supplies they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond.