Team Backpack was founded in 2012 by Nicole Ward, (pictured above with her adorable Blue Heeler Max, the official mascot of Team Backpack!) who saw a need to help those in the community that seem to be forgotten. Out of 8,800 high school students enrolled in Tacoma public schools, 6% are documented as homeless or living without residence. By putting together backpacks, Team Backpack helps teens focus on school, brings just a little comfort, and changes lives one backpack at a time. These backpacks are used to house hygiene products, snacks, hats, gloves and various other supplies.
Windermere Professional Partners collected 109 Backpacks and $1,350 (Which Team Backpack used to purchase 193 Backpacks) for a grand total of 302 Backpacks!