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Running Start for School 2019

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. There are two easy ways to donate:

  • Purchase needed school supplies while you're shopping in our community and drop them off with one of our community collection partners during our collection season: June 10th-July 29th, 2019.
  • Visit our online store, Roonga, beginning June 6th, 2019. This online collection closes on July 25th, 2019.


We rely on hundreds of volunteers to rally donors at our Stuff the Bus events, inventory donated supplies, and assemble school kits. Thank you to our volunteers for being BOLD and Living United! More information on how to volunteer with us can be found here on our Get Connected site. 


Collection Partners

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!  
Don't forget to email us a photo of your collection so we can celebrate and share your ideas.






2019 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!
Thank you to our Presenting Sponsor MinnWest Bank
Thank you to our Moving Sponsor Ace Moving and Warehousing!
Thank you to our Media Sponsor KTTC/Fox 47!
Thank you to the rest of our Partners!


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