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Adopt a Student Drive

Thank you to all of our spectacular partners who helped 214 HOW students start the

school year off right with a new backpack and school supplies!

Success in the classroom requires the right resources, but for some students in our community, school supplies are not affordable. To help give students the tools they need to succeed, HOW is hosting an Adopt-a-Student school supply drive, now through August 15th.

We are pairing generous donors like you with HOW students to fill their back-to-school supply needs. Children and teens who have experienced housing instability and homelessness face many challenges in keeping up with school work and achieving good grades, but together we can make sure they have all of the materials they need to succeed!


Here’s how to get involved:


1. Adopt a Student

Please complete this form to adopt a student. Once you do so, someone from our team will pair you with a student, and email you additional instructions.

All donations must be dropped off or mailed to HOW's Rogers Park Office (1607 W Howard, 3rd floor Chicago, IL  60626) by no later than August 23rd. This will allow us enough time to distribute the supplies in advance of the start of the school year. Thank you for making a difference in the lives of HOW students!


2. Make a Monetary Donation

HOW will use monetary donations to shop for school supplies for children not matched with a donor. Send a check payable to Housing Opportunities for Women or make a donation online today! Please click the checkbox next to "I would like to dedicate this donation" and type "Adopt a Student" in the dedication line so we know how you'd like us to use your gift. Thank you for your generosity! 

3. Donate School Supplies

Help HOW fill backpacks by donating school supplies (or even better, backpacks filled with supplies)! All accept supplies are listed at the bottom of the page.


  • Donations can be made online by purchasing items from HOW's Amazon wishlist.

  • Donations can be dropped off (with an appointment) or mailed to HOW's offices:

    • HOW c/o Adopt-a-Student, 1607 W Howard, 3rd floor Chicago, IL  60626.

  • Donations can be dropped off at our community partner locations listed below (look for the big HOW donation box):

Group Donation Partners:

  • Vyaire

  • Change Healthcare

  • CBIZ

  • Old Navy

  • Rep Kelly Cassidy's Office

  • The Children's Gift Shop

  • Euclid Avenue United

  • Maya Papaya and Tony

  • Cloud and Bunny

  • 49th Ward Office

  • First Unitarian Church of Chicago

  • Methodist Church

  • Squasht Boutique

Drop Box Partners

Northern Suburbs​

  • The Children’s Gift Shop

310 Happ Rd, Northfield, IL 6009

  • Maya Papaya & Tony Macarony

1901 Central St. Evanston, IL 60201


  • 49th Ward Aldermanic Services Office

7356 N Greenview Ave, Chicago, IL 60626

  • HOW Office

1607 W. Howard St. Chicago, IL 60626

  • Cloud and Bunny

1600 W Montrose Ave. Chicago, IL 60613




  • Euclid Avenue United Methodist Church

405 S. Euclid Ave, Oak Park

  • Squasht Boutique

2556 W. Chicago Ave. Chicago, IL 60622



  • First Unitarian Church Of Chicago

5650 S. Woodlawn Ave. Chicago, IL 60637


Accepted Supplies:

  • Backpacks

  • Pencils

  • Pocket folders

  • Notebook - wide rule

  • Notebook - college rule

  • Crayons

  • Washable markers

  • Pencil-top erasers

  • Supply box

  • Glue sticks

  • Scissors

  • Ruler

  • Kleenex, paper towels

  • Ream of Paper

  • Liquid Glue

  • Sketch pads

  • Ream of printer paper

  • Calculator

  • Assignment notebook

  • Dictionary

  • Pens

We appreciate your support and wish you a happy summer!

Email or call 773.465.5770 x 257 with any questions or to learn more about making a donation or setting up a donation collection location.


“It’s not how much we give but how much LOVE we put into giving.” – Mother Teresa

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