What is Back to School Community Giveback?

Back to School Community Giveback is an effort by the Community Foundation, AdventHealth Ocala, and Marion County Public Schools to bring backpacks and supplies to thousands of families in Marion County. More than 7,000 backpacks will be distributed across a variety of location in Marion County. The event’s main host location will be at the AdventHealth Ocala Auxiliary Center, with satellite locations at participating Marion County schools and other locations. More information on this year’s pickup spots will be announced during the summer. The date of this event is Saturday, July 27. Pickup times and date may vary based on location.


Attendees and Registration

Each student will be registered by a parent or guardian on our registration portal. We will collect student names, age, grade level, and school information. Students can only be registered for one location, which will ensure our community is served at the highest level. Parents and guardians will be able to register their children through an online form starting in the summer prior to the new school year. This page will contain more information at a later date when backpacks become available.


Supply Boxes

Supply boxes will be distributed throughout the county to assist in collecting donations, such as student and teacher supplies, hygiene products, coats, socks, clothing, and nonperishable items. These collected items will be distributed to multiple nonprofit organizations serving MCPS families. Individuals can donate supplies via these boxes or through our Amazon Wish List. This page will contain more information of drop-off box locations at a later date.


How Will These Donated Items Reach the Community?

Each nonprofit will apply to receive specific items based on their organizational need. Each nonprofit application will be reviewed by the Back-to-School Committee. A percentage of items will be designated for each qualified nonprofit to receive. Every receiving organization will be required to have a distribution plan upon approval. Nonprofits can access an items request form by clicking here.


Sponsorship and Vendor Opportunities

Interested in partnering with us to bring supplies to the community?  Sponsors and vendors can contact Community Foundation Director of Strategic Engagement Ashley Gerds at 352-622-5020 ext. 105 or at Ashley@OcalaFoundation.org for a variety of sponsorship and vendor opportunities.


Volunteer Opportunities

Event date may vary depending on location. Interested in volunteering? Return to this page for a full list of times and locations when information becomes available. For other questions, contact Marion County Public Schools Director of Community Engagement Lauren Debick at Lauren.Debick@Marion.k12.fl.us.