School Supplies, Books, and Uniforms – All Year



Message from Capt. Cowen-Zanders of The Salvation Army


The Back to the Future Initiative unifies community partners, teachers, and local organizations to provide the tools necessary for children to succeed. Children who are prepared for school with supplies are more likely to attend, focus on learning, build positive relationships, and ultimately succeed in school and life. Many students lack adequate supplies, including uniforms for school. There are many local efforts in place. The Back to the Future Initiative is a coordinated effort by more than twenty organizations to attain more resources and reach more children. Greater coordination will help us to:

  • Ensure every student is equipped for success with school supplies, books, and uniforms.
  • Unify the existing efforts of community organizations and schools in order to leverage our expertise and resources.
  • Find additional resources and support from new partners and schools ready to join our initiative.


How can you help?

All donations will help support this great project! $60 will equip one child with school supplies, books, and uniforms. All funds go directly to purchasing school supplies, books, or uniforms for kids in need. The Salvation Army, one of the initiative partners, will coordinate the collections of funds.

  • $10,000—supplies for a school building.
  • $5,000—supplies for three grades.
  • $2,500—supplies for one grade.
  • $1,000—supplies for one classroom.

Make your tax deductible contributions to:


By Check to:

  • Salvation Army – BFI
  • (Please write “Back to the Future Initiative” in the memo)
  • Mail to 620 N. Erie Street, Toledo, OH 43604

Online at: 




“As a member of the Back To The Future Initiative we are setting out to make sure all students start their school year off with the basic necessities of school supplies to execute learning. This collective work will not only help schools and students, but will assist in the financial burden that families experience around this time of the year.”  ~ Dr. Romules Durant


Back to the Future Initiative Partners

The following organizations have been working together sharing their expertise, processes, infrastructures in order to create a networked solution.
THANK YOU to our partners:

  •  The Salvation Army
  • Cedar Creek
  • United Way
  • SSOE
  • Read for Literacy
  • Movement Church
  • Believe Center
  • Books 4 Buddies
  • Lucas Metropolitan Housing Authority
  • Youth Commission
  • Anderson & Assoc.
  • Boys & Girls Club of Toledo
  • Owens Community College
  • Toledo Botanical Gardens
  • Washington Local
  • Partners in Education
  • Afterschool Alliance
  • Woodberry Park Kids, Cartoons, & Chess

If you would like to be a partner, please contact…

Gale Lacey  phone: 567-343-2242 or email:


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