School Supply Drive

The annual School Supply Drive, sponsored by Women at Fourth, kicks off in July—and we need your help!

Join us as we collect school supplies and backpacks for children connected with the Chicago Lights Urban Farm, Summer Day, and Tutoring programs and whose families have difficulty buying the tools necessary for learning.

There are a variety of ways in which you can participate and help these children get their school year off to a good start:

  • Donate supplies for the Chicago Lights Tutoring program serving 400 students A list of needed supplies is available here. Donations are due by Sunday, August 20.
  • Help receive, sort, and distribute backpacks and supplies. A list of volunteer opportunities is available here.

We hope you'll join us as we help students start the school year prepared with all of the supplies they need to focus on learning! 

Donation Drop-Off Information

Supplies and cash donations can be dropped off Sunday mornings during Coffee Hour or weekdays at the 126 E. Chestnut reception desk.


Upcoming Events

   Preparing Backpacks for Urban Farm Students 
   Wednesday, August 9 and Thursday, August 10 
   2:30 to 4:30 p.m.
   (Fourth Church, room TBD) 

In August we will be preparing backpacks to give to participants in the Chicago Lights Urban Farm program.

   Urban Farm Distribution Preparation 
   Friday, August 11  
   (Afternoon, exact time TBD)

We are looking for someone with a good-sized vehicle to load backpacks at the church and take them to the Chicago Lights Urban Farm at 444 W. Chicago Ave.

   Urban Farm Backpack Distribution 
   Saturday, August 12 
   11:30 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.
   Chicago Lights Urban Farm 

We will be distributing backpacks at the Urban Farm (444 W. Chicago Ave.) during their monthly cookout. Come enjoy smiles and food and the Urban Farm in full summer glory!


For more information about the School Supply Drive or to sign up to volunteer,
contact Anne Ellis (312.573.3369).