Giving kids a great start to the school year.

The 13th Annual Back 2 School Store… Re-imagined for 2021!

Join the Movement!

Since 2008, the NCJW/Essex Back 2 School Store (B2SS) has served over 8,300 children in Essex County, New Jersey, thanks to the help of over 4,400 volunteers. In 2020, the B2SS transitioned to a fully mobile site which allowed us to more than double the number of children served.  Last. year, we outfitted more than 1,700 students with new backpacks, clothes, coats, masks and personal hygiene supplies!

Seeing the smile on a child’s face when they get a new backpack for the first time is priceless! How about when they get brand new school clothes? It’s exactly what you’d think- exciting, heartwarming and a moment you will never forget.

Won’t you be a part of a student’s fresh start to a new school year by participating as a donor or sponsor? Your $180 donation can fully outfit one child! Will you donate today? Please click here to support the 2021 Mobile B2SS!

How You Can Help as a Volunteer

We will again include a personal backpack note in each package, to encourage each child to make the most of their school year. Click here for all the Information about this volunteer opportunity!

Click here for more information about the B2SS.

The Mobile B2SS may be new, but some things remain the same. Children still need school supplies (for virtual or in-person learning).
Rather than a one-day event, multiple distribution days will occur. We remain committed to everyone’s safety, and to providing brand new, up-to-date items to children in financial need — thanks to the generous support of members and friends.
Thank you to our volunteers and sponsors who helped make the B2SS a resounding success!

There are volunteer opportunities throughout the year for the Back 2 School Store. To volunteer, please email

Thank you to our 2021 in-kind donors!

Bombas Socks
Colgate-Palmolive Co.
Camelot Associates, L.P./Eastman Management Corporation
Noah Civian, DDS
Essex County Transportation
David A. Koenig, DDS, PA
Livingston Dental Group
Pearly Whites Dental
PQ Swim
Robert N. Eskow, DMD, MScD
Scheier Dental Group
Two Men and a Truck
Full sponsor list coming soon!

“I want to make a difference in my community by volunteering, leading, organizing, contributing. Where else can I do so much and have so much fun? NCJW/Essex suits me perfectly.”