Back to School Assistance

The Salvation Army Back to School Project is designed to provide basic school supplies for children whose parents cannot afford the items necessary for their children to succeed in school.


Families in need of Back to School Assistance: Please call The Salvation Army Corps Community Center located at 290 W Crystal Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake. 815.455.2769


Eligibility is based on annual household income that is no more than 200% of the poverty guideline  

($47,700 for a family of four) and verified residency in McHenry County


To qualify for assistance, you must bring the following:  

  • 1 form of verification of residency in McHenry Co. (such as driver’s license, utility bill or lease contract)
  • Proof of monthly income (pay stub, social security or child support statements)
  • Social Security cards or birth certificates for all dependent children for grades K-12.

Applications being accepted in Crystal Lake:

The Salvation Army Corps Community Center -290 West Crystal Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake – 815.455.2769

Monday, July 21 – 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm

Tuesday, July 22 – 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm

Wednesday, July 23 – 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm

Thursday, July 24 – 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm

Friday, July 25 – 10am – 12pm & 1pm – 3pm

Applications are also being accepted at the following Service Extension Offices

Please call each location for hours:

Grafton Township – 10109 Vine Street, Huntley – 847.669.3328

1st Presbyterian Church – 7100 Harvard Hills Road, Harvard – 815.943.4474

M.O.R.E Center – 829 Greenlee Street, Marengo – 815.568.7050

McHenry Township – 3703 North Richmond Road, Johnsburg – 815.385.5605


Donations of NEW school supplies are being accepted at The Salvation Army Community Center – 290 W Crystal Lake Avenue, Crystal Lake and at locations throughout McHenry County.