Fill a Backpack Fill a Need Wausau Marathon CountyFill a Backpack, Fill a Need is a program of the United Way of Marathon County’s Workplace Volunteer Council that collects school supply donations and distributes them, along with a backpack, to K-8 children who otherwise not have the proper tools for school. This year over 5,000 children in Marathon County alone are eligible for the program, and distribution is up over 40% over the last five years.

According to Karla Halverson, the chair of the Workplace Volunteer Council:

This year, 5,090 students received a ticket to our Aug. 11 event. Our projection, based on past years’ experience, will lead us to prepare for 2,600 participants. Backpacks, markers, colored pencils, filler paper, pens, pencil boxes/cases and glue are the items of greatest need. They are all items we also must plan to purchase to avoid running short.

The council is deeply appreciative of every in-kind service, event held, dollar donated and supply purchased on our behalf. Without such tremendous communitywide support and belief in the children of our future, we would not be in a position to aid participating students with school supplies.

Your help is critical in keeping this program up and running. Fill a Backpack, Fill a Need requires cash and product donations, along with volunteer help to assemble and distribute the school supply kits.

FABFAN volunteers are holding a school supply collection and brat fry on Wednesday July 25th, 2012 at the 17th Avenue location of River Valley Bank in Wausau. Stop by any time between 11:00am and 3:00pm to drop off your school supply or cash donations for the program. School supplies needed are: Crayons, colored pencils, rulers –standard 12”, glue & glue sticks, pocket folders and wide-line notebooks, highlighters and backpack (new only).  Fill a Backpack, Fill a Need is a 501(c)3 charitable organization and monetary donations can be made  out to WVC-FABFAN.

Additional drop sites are : all locations for River Valley Banks, Mid-Wisconsin Banks, Peoples State Bank, Bank of Wausau, Time Federal Savings Bank, Marathon Savings Bank, Wausau Center Mall (Center Court) and Texas Roadhouse. The collection dates are now until Friday August 3rd.