About Us

We are individuals who help Bellevue School District students from low-income families get a "Good Start Back to School" each fall. We are led by an ecumenical volunteer steering committee, and we welcome new and previous donors, including congregations, organizations, businesses, schools and individuals.  Volunteers are always welcome as well.  As individuals we can't do it alone, but together what a difference we can make, backpack by backpack! 

We are sponsored by the
Eastside Interfaith Social Concerns Council  (EISCC)
a 501(C)(3) Charitable Organization

EIN 94-3036001


1996 (first year)

  • 143 students helped in 13 schools
  • 10 congregations participated
  • $6,000-$7,000 estimated value of project

2019 (24th year)

  • 1661 students served in 27 elementary, middle and high schools
    • 879 students in kindergarten, 2nd, 4th, 6th, 9th and 11th grades received new backpacks with supplies and 847 students in the other grades received new supplies before school started.  65 additional backpacks with supplies were prepared for new qualifying students for a grand total of 1726.

  • 20 congregations, a service organization, a corporation, a business, a retirement community, a memorial fund and a family legacy gift provided donations.

  • The estimated value of this year's project is $49,936