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Running Start for School 2020

Helping Students Succeed

United Way of Olmsted County's Running Start for School is a community-wide backpack and school supply drive to ensure that every child in our community is prepared to succeed in school. This year, we provided needed supplies to more than 2,000 students enrolled in participating schools across Olmsted County. To achieve our goal, we rely on the community to get involved by donating, hosting a collection, volunteering, and encouraging others to help our children and youth reach their potential in school and the community.


Running Start for School relies on in-kind donations from generous community members to ensure that every child in Olmsted County has the tools they need to succeed in school. We typically host collection bins at local businesses, agencies, religious institutions, etc. United Way of Olmsted County is dedicated to the safety of our community members and though we would love to accept community donations, those who choose to support our program can do by following the information below: 

Our collection partners help make Running Start for School a success by giving back to the community and demonstrating what happens when we Live United. A huge thank you to our 2019 collection partners!  
Being a collection partner in our 2020 season of Running Start, will look different, but we'd love to have you on board again. You can sign up for a "team drive" on Roonga and encourage your clients, customers, etc to purchase supplies underneath your name to support your company's drive. Time to start up some healthy competition with your friends! Please reach out to to start a drive!

2020 Sponsors and Partners                                                                           

Our champions go above and beyond to help us ensure that kids have the tools they need to start school ready to learn. A huge thank you to our 2019 partners!
If you would like to be a sponsor in 2020, reach out to Grace - contact information below. 
Thank you to our Moving Sponsor Midwest Moving Company 
Thank you to the rest of our Partners! Check out who is hosting a drive here

How to Receive Free School Supplies

Students in grades pre-K through 12 who are enrolled in participating schools and who are eligible for free or reduced-price school lunch are eligible to receive free school supplies through Running Start for School. School supplies will be distributed by individual schools. Click here for information about who to contact at your child's school for the 2019-20 school year.

Contact Information

Grace Pesch