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: 

Thank you to everyone who was able to create a Team Drive to support Running Start 2020, connect with us soon to host another drive in 2021!

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. 
Thank you to our Moving Sponsor Midwest Moving Company 
Thank you to the rest of our Partners! Check out who hosted a drive in 2020 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 are distributed by individual schools. Please connect with your child(s) schools to find out how to receive supplies.

Contact Information

Grace Pesch