About Yolo County Backpacks for Kids
Established by Yolo County Supervisor Matt Rexroad, ‘Backpacks for Kids’ began as a way to provide 50 backpacks for the Yolo Homeless Shelter.
Little did anyone know that the need for backpacks and supplies was far greater than 50 backpacks. It was decided that a day of family fun with food, music, games, and prizes might be terrific way to raise enough funds to provide for both the Shelter’s needs and local foster care families. Thus, the first annual Backpacks for Kids ‘Family Fun Day’ was established the summer of 2007. All the proceeds from the carnival went to purchasing backpacks and school supplies, providing for over 250 children.
That first year an astonishing 850 requests were received, cementing the need for ‘Backpacks’ to be a countywide service, and developed into a permanent organization. Now a non-profit 501(c)3 charitable corporation, the Yolo County Backpacks for Kids organization has provided for over 8,000 children county-wide.
Our goal is to provide directly to local schools and to supply at least 1000 children in need each year. Thank you to all our donors. You have made a difference in the lives and education of our children!
Our fundraising activities include special events, direct mail appeals, and collaborative programs with other nonprofits and children service providers. We also receive special funding from various grant opportunities.
The majority of our funding comes from the overwhelming generosity of caring individuals, businesses, and foundations. Here are some ways you can contribute.
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”