What is Operation Backpack?
Thousands of children live in NYC’s homeless and domestic violence shelters. One of the most devastating consequences of homelessness is the impact it has on a child's education. These children need school supplies for the upcoming school year.
Each year since 2001, Volunteers of America-Greater New York has been giving new backpacks filled with grade-specific school supplies to children who are homeless throughout New York City. A filled backpack relieves parents of a financial burden and provides a sense of normalcy into the otherwise chaotic lives of these children, helping them look and feel more like their classmates. Most importantly, a filled backpack allows these children to start the school year feeling prepared and confident, with the knowledge that their education is important.
You Can Help: Donate Online
Though we do not collect supplies year-round, you can donate online at any time of year, with the funds going toward the next Operation Backpack drive. Use our simple and secure online donation form
to set up a one-time or recurring gift.
Organize A Drive:
More than 150 companies and organizations participate in Operation Backpack. If you would like to be involved in the next campaign, contact Colleen Magri at email@example.com or 212-496-4307