calling all helpers


Our volunteer spots are currently filled. For more opportunities or to make special arrangements please contact Allyson Dress at or 563.582.6211 ext. 102

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Print & share a card with a kid on their first day.

Download the coloring sheet and return it to St. Mark by mailing to 1201 Locust St., Dubuque, Iowa 52001
or emailing

More physical copies are also available upon request by calling 563.582.6211.


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Honor Someone Special

Honor or remember someone special by making a gift in their name.

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You can make creating the next generation of happy kids a part of your lasting legacy.

Give By Check or Stock

We also accept donations by check, stock, money order, and wire transfer.

Thank you apples for students

2023 sponsors

become a sponsor
Theisen's Home Farm Auto
John Deere
Five Flags
Hartig Drug
John Deere
John Deere
Theisen's Home Farm Auto
John Deere


Contact Beth at (563) 582-6211 Ext. 102 or

a message for Dubuque Area Parents

Seeking school supplies? Need help? Please connect with your school's counselor to be added to the supply list after Monday the week before school starts. 

St. Mark is committed to sending bags of supplies to every school in public and parochial schools in East Dubuque, Dubuque, and Western Dubuque and is supplying a bag of supplies for every student enrolled in area Title I schools





Please consider hosting a fundraiser instead. St. Mark is working with local vendor Hartig Drug stores and other local sources for supplies at the best rates possible, meaning contributions can be maximized and stay local by hosting a fundraiser with your friends.

Maybe it's a lemonade stand? Maybe it's an extra jean day at work? Maybe it's a friendly office-wide competition. Whatever your ideas we're here to help!

Here's a few simple ways you can help more kids:

1. Start a Fundraising Page - It's Easy!

We're working with GiveButter to make it  hosting your own fundraiser easy! Just visit our GiveButter page and click on "Start Fundraiser" to create your own fundraising page you can share with your teams or friends. 

2. Host a Jean Day 

Some companies have hosted jean days in the past to support our kids. Remember just $47 fills a bag for a kid, so a little can go a long way.

3. Host a Lemonade Stand or Bake Sale 

One fundraiser that warmed our hearts was when a group of young girls hosted a lemonade stand to help support supplies for kids like them. We were in tears when they showed up. 

4. Host a Supply Drive

If you're still considering hosting a supply drive instead, please connect with us at bmcgorry@stmarkyouthenrichment or 563.590.2806. That way we can supply you a list of our most needed items. 

Have an idea? Need help? Contact Beth at (563) 582-6211 Ext. 102 or

Be a Hero

fill the bag

Apples for Students - Fill the Bag is a community initiative of St. Mark Youth Enrichment



Your support has never been more critical for kids.

Parents are unemployed, their hours are cut, and when school starts back they will not be prepared to purchase school supplies. That's why you're needed today. Local schools are expecting a significant increase in need, and if we are to be prepared, they need your support to fill as many bags as possible. Just $47 can provide the needed supplies for 1 student. Will you fill the bag today?

Make the first day of school less stressful. 
When kids start their first day with the supplies they need, that day becomes a lot less stressful and learning has a better chance to begin. You can be a hero today by providing supplies for local students during a time of unprecedented need.

Last year, heroes came together to bring school supplies to more than 3,000 students from East Dubuque to Western Dubuque public and parochial schools. This year, we anticipate that number to be SUBSTANTIALLY higher. Parents are hurting. Many are unemployed, their hours are cut, and while the thought of purchasing school supplies might seem distant, your support is needed today to ensure these parents will have access to the supplies they need for their kids when school doors open once again. It's a piece-of-mind you can provide for as little as $47 per child.

A first-grader from St. Columbkilles Elementary school told us having his supplies at school ready for him made him "feel like the other kids." Imagine the relief you can provide for kids like him. When you take the stigma away from poverty, these students have so many more opportunities to learn, succeed, and grow.

Every dollar raised for this campaign will be used to help these beautiful kids be prepared for school. If the needs of all the area students are met, we will use these funds to support these kids in the best way possible.

Prefer to give by mail? Donations can also be mailed to our office address. 

C/O Apples for Students
St. Mark Youth Enrichment
1201 Locust St.
Dubuque, IA 52001


Contact Beth at (563) 582-6211 Ext. 102 or

Thank you to these great sponsors of APPLES for STUDENTS

  • Five Flags
  • Hartig Drug Stores
  • Theisen's Home-Farm-Auto
  • McGraw-Hill
  • John Deere Works