Chicagoland Real Estate Industry Unites To Ensure Students Have Back-to-School Supplies Amid Skyrocketing Prices

Press Release

WHAT: Chicagoland Real Estate Industry Build-A-Kit

WHEN: Wednesday, July 12, 2023 • 4:00 PM – 9:00 PM CST

WHERE: Rauner Family YMCA, 2700 S. Western Ave., Chicago, IL 60608

Media Contact

Media Contact

Chez Ordoñez, Public Relations, Back 2 School America

Back 2 School America, the Chicago-based nonprofit renowned for its Build-A-Kit program announces details for the annual Real Estate Industry Build-A-Kit, which will be held on July 12 from 4PM - 9PM at the Rauner Family YMCA, 2700 S. Western Ave. The annual initiative is organized with a cross-section of real estate industry leaders that’re committed to making a positive impact by sponsoring the event and personally building back-to-school kits – directly helping thousands of underprivileged students across Chicagoland and combatting the skyrocketing, unattainable prices for back-to-school supplies.


The event is organized like a school supply drive but with a twist. Instead of simply asking for donations, diverse professions across the real estate industry ranging from banks, realtors, architects, contractors, electricians, and plumbers sponsor the event, and their employees volunteer to build school supply kits. It’s an initiative that unites the industry and brings colleagues together for team building, an opportunity to give back to the community, and network with other industry professionals.

We're in June, and parents are worrying about the money they're required to spend for back to school supplies. It's a major burden for thousands of low-income families or those living paycheck to paycheck. Back 2 School America is grateful to our partners across the real estate industry who sponsor and volunteer for this event – their support directly impacts students in need and provides the tools necessary for a success in the classroom. ​ ​ – Matthew Kurtzman, CEO, Back 2 School America

2023 Sponsors 🏆

Brookfield Properties, Lincoln Title, Tishman Speyer, J.C. Anderson, Maris Construction, Belgravia Group, LG Group, SGW Architecture & Design, Pioneer Engineering & Environmental Services, LLC, BKL Architecture, KTGY

Company Sponsorship x Volunteering Info



About Back 2 School America

The Back 2 School program was launched in 2007 to address the pressing needs of communities and the inequities in educational opportunities for children. 

In 2015 the nonprofit changed its name to Back 2 School Illinois (B2SI) to reflect the work of the organization. In the summer of 2018, B2SI expanded and launched Back 2 School America, to provide Back 2 School kits to children across the USA. 

Today, B2SA continues to provide children of low-income households with free school supplies to help level the playing field and lessen the financial burden on their families and their teachers. The Back 2 School program has provided more than 350,000 children with their own school supply kit. The organization’s long-term goal is to make sure that all children in the USA are provided with the school supplies they need to succeed in the classroom and beyond.


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