2019 Backpack Bash!

About 17% of the school aged children in the St. Cloud area live in low income households; please help us aid students in these households by providing them with classroom necessities.

The Backpack Bash, originally started by the Saint Cloud Rotaract, is in its fourth year! This year the Rotaract is partnering with the Jugaad Leadership Program and the United Way’s Young Leaders United to fill 100 backpacks for youth in St. Cloud Area School District 742.


What You Can Do to Help


Text BACKPACK to 85511 to help us reach our goal! We are collecting monetary donations through a secure site sponsored by the United Way. Or click here to donate to this cause.


Hang Up Posters

If you’d like to hang up posters at your place of work, simply print off this document and spread the word!

 Backpack Bash Printable Poster 


Email Your Coworkers, Friends & Family and ask them to support this cause

Use our example email to promote the Backpack Bash to your coworkers and friends!

Backpack Bash Advocate Email Sample


Join us in packing backpacks for the local youth on August 15th: Sign up here!

Volunteer your time and talents to organize a school supplies drive at your place of work or with your friends and family. Contact us to get more information about supplies needed and coordinating a drive.

More information to come! If you have questions about the Backpack Bash, please contact:

Lauren VanGerpen

United Way of Central Minnesota



Lacey Solheid

Saint Cloud Rotaract



Eunice Adjei

Jugaad Leadership Program