Host a Community Backpack Drive

Returning to the community after incarceration is challenging. To assist individuals with getting a head start, Inside Out Reentry Community provides a backpack filled with hygiene products and other items to aid the transition between incarceration and returning to the community. Ready to host a drive? Contact the office at 319-338-7996 or [email protected]! Backpack Drive Flyer PDF 

What is involved in a Backpack Drive?
Groups such as churches, social action committees, schools, and more – sign up to assist Inside Out with hosting a drive. At these drives, groups will advertise, and collect donations of backpacks and hygiene items. Backpacks are most often requested by men, so male or gender-neutral hygiene products are the biggest need.

What to collect?
Backpack- Standard size
Shampoo and Conditioner
Bar of soap/ Body wash
Wash Cloth
Nail Clippers
Notebook and Pen

Other items you could include:
T-Shirts Boxers
Socks Razors

Host a packing event
After collecting donations, many groups find it fun to host a packing event where everyone comes together to pack the items into the backpacks. If you’d like us to join you or stop by just let us know.

Handwrite supportive messages:
This community building time is also a great opportunity for the group to handwrite encouraging and welcoming messages for the recipient of the backpack. These notes are a great way to let those receiving the bag know that the community cares!

Thank you to these organizations for their backpack drives!

One Ancient Hope
Iowa Big
New Song Church







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