11 organizations that help college students in want – WeAreTeachers


We need to look out for each other more than ever. Our lives have been turned upside down and every day seems to bring new challenges and greater insecurities. That is why we have compiled this list of organizations that support students in need, including yours! See how you can connect your students with the resources they offer.

Feed America

The Feeding America Network is the nation’s largest domestic hunger relief organization committed to connecting people with food banks, pantries and dining programs, as well as their school supply and backpack programs.

Red Nose Day

Red Nose Day is a campaign to end child poverty by funding programs that keep children safe, healthy, and educated – all through the power of entertainment.

Foundation for Children in Need

This large charity provides a backpack with school supplies to a student in need. Kids in Need enables groups and businesses to band together to build backpacks, raise funds to adopt a school in need, or offer corporate match programs.

No child is hungry

No Kid Hungry is fighting child hunger in America by ensuring that all children are getting the healthy food they need each day to thrive.

Schools on wheels

School on Wheels volunteers provide free tutoring and care for children from kindergarten through twelfth grade living in shelters, motels, vehicles, group nursing homes, and on the streets of Southern California. There are other chapters too, such as School on Wheels of Massachusetts. So look for one near you!

Donor Choose

Founded in 2000 by a high school teacher in the Bronx, DonorsChoose enables public school teachers from across the country to solicit much-needed materials for their students.

Surgical backpack

Operation Backpack has relied on the generosity of donors each year to ensure that every child living in a homeless or domestic violence home in New York has a high quality backpack made with grade-specific materials. Not in New York? Find a chapter near you.

Boys & Girls Clubs of America

The Boys & Girls Clubs of America take a variety of approaches to help children succeed. They provide trained, caring mentors, fun and safe places to grow and thrive, and innovative quality programs that enable teens to excel in school and lead healthy, productive lives.

first book

First Book believes that education for children in need is the best route out of poverty, but access to quality education is far from being the same. Children in low-income communities may have significantly less access to books and study materials and lack of diversity in the books that reach them. First Book’s mission is to remove these barriers so that every child has a chance to learn. To counteract academic relapse and emotional isolation, First Book has provided nearly two million books for emergency feeding sites, homeless shelters, and other programs.

Everyone up

Millions of students are currently studying from home, but at least 15 percent of US households with school-age children do not have high-speed Internet connections. EveryoneOn works to provide affordable internet and computer services to those in need.

  • Get help: Find out about local offers to share with your students and their families.
  • You can help: Donate to cover internet services.


Comp-U-Dopt is an organization that provides underserved youth with access to technology and education. They believe that every child deserves equal access to education and opportunities.

Do you know of any other organizations that support students in need? Please share in the comments below.

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