We Could Not Have Done It Without You!

Thank You for Sharing Our Commitment to the City's Most Vulnerable Students

With the support of countless individuals, corporate partners and community groups, we have packed and will distribute 20,345 new, filled backpacks to our city's most vulnerable students! Operation Backpack 2015 would not have been a success without each and every one of you. It's not too early to learn about Operation Backpack 2016 - click the red box and we'll add your name to the list!

Tell Me About 2016
  • Serving Those Most in Need

    Helping thousands of men, women & children overcome obstacles to living safe, healthy & productive lives

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  • Helping People Find Housing Stability

    Addressing the root causes of homelessness

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  • Veterans and Their Families

    Providing a continuum of care to our servicemen and women

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Our service area includes the five boroughs of New York City, Nassau County, Westchester County and Northern New Jersey

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Uplifting All People

Volunteers of America has been at the forefront of social service since 1896, and today, is one of the largest nonprofit developers and providers of affordable housing in the country.

News and Events

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    Adopt a Product!

    We're already running low on several key supplies - please consider 'adopting' a product or fundraising for us and we'll do the last-minute shopping.

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    It's About Much More Than a Backpack

    Meet Didi, one of the thousands of students who received backpacks through Operation Backpack, and hear what an impact it made on his life.

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    We Couldn't Do It Without You

    We are grateful for the more than 170 corporate and community partners who are contributing to the success of Operation Backpack 2015, and the list continues to grow.

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  • 1,200

    domestic violence survivors and their children found emergency housing as we guided them toward self-sufficiency

  • 18,400

    children began the school year confident and prepared thanks to Operation BackpackĀ®

  • 1,350

    vets in our continuum of care, from homelessness prevention to permanent supportive housing

  • 581

    pre-school age children served by our two Early Learning Centers

  • 161

    at-risk youth find stability and support as we help them prepare for independent adulthood

  • 895

    older adults are safely aging in place in their community with our support