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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 because of this, we are unable to accept donationated supplies from the public at our office building or any other location. 

  • To donate supplies to our program this year, please visit our online registry, Roonga, beginning June 1st, 2020. This is the only way United Way of Olmsted County will be accepting school supplies to distribute to students this year. 

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!  
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!

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!
If you would like to be a sponsor in 2020, reach out to Grace - contact information below. 
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