villa 090122WEST CHICAGO – In partnership with WeGo Together for Kids and more than 30 local businesses and organizations, State Senator Karina Villa and State Representative Maura Hirschauer distributed nearly 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies to local families ahead of the new school year.

“It really does take a village, and I couldn’t be more proud to represent a community that so willingly takes care of its own,” said Villa (D-West Chicago). “We asked our neighbors to give, and they donated their time, money, and goods without hesitation. Thanks to this tremendous outpouring of generosity by the community, nearly 1,000 of our students will be starting the school year off right.”

Villa and Hirschauer attended the 7th Annual WeGo Together for Kids School Supply Event and assisted in distributing the backpacks to West Chicago District 33 families.

Several community organizations also pitched in to help make the drive a success. Casa Michoacan in West Chicago provided a space for staging and packing, as well as volunteers to distribute bags, and Dynamic Utility Solutions donated supplies, provided volunteers, and offered the use of their trucks to transport the backpacks.

The full list of donors includes:

  • Art of Fadez
  • Atlas Chicken
  • ComEd
  • Costco Wholesale
  • DuPage County Regional Office of Education
  • Dynamic Utility Solutions
  • Elgin Sweepers
  • Ethekos Consulting
  • Farmers Insurance
  • Graham Packaging
  • Hearth & Hammer
  • Integrated Pain Management
  • JelSert
  • Lakeshore Recycling Systems
  • LandCare
  • Marian Chicago
  • Mars
  • Meridian
  • Nationwide
  • North Arrow Partners
  • Owens & Minor
  • Realty of Chicago
  • Red Hive Market
  • RJ Lipscomb Engineering
  • Sandi Llano and Associates
  • Andrew Lutheran Church
  • Suncast
  • The Kelly Family
  • The Slice Spot
  • Thoro Bred Fitness
  • UPS
  • Wise Plastics


"We are grateful for the outpouring of support from local organizations and the community as a whole," said Hirschauer (D-Batavia). "I am so excited to see our students grow and succeed in the classroom thanks to the supplies we helped provide to them."

More information about the WeGo Together for Kids initiative is available on West Chicago Elementary School District 33’s website.