The Agnes Varis Trust
The Agnes Varis Trust, established to honor the pharmaceutical business leader's legacy of philanthropy and community betterment, has awarded Volunteers of America-Greater New York a grant of $100,000 in support of its 2015 Operation Backpack campaign. Dr. Agnes Varis (1930-2011) believed that philanthropy uplifts both the individual and the community. The lower portion of Central Park is dedicated to Dr. Varis with a plaque featuring a Pericles quote: "What you leave behind is not what is engraved in stone, but what is woven into the lives of others."
Judith C. White Foundation
One of our newer and most diverse supporters to both Volunteers of America and Operation Backpack is the Judith C. White Foundation. While driving in his car, Foundation President Jeffrey Kovner heard a radio interview with Operation Backpack founder, Rachel Weinstein. The Judith C. White Foundation made a significant donation to Operation Backpack that year and has gone on to support VOA-GNY's Bronx Early Learning Center for preschoolers with developmental delays and one of our shelters for survivors of domestic violence.
Duane Reade Charitable Foundation
Since beginning its support of Operation Backpack, the Duane Reade Charitable Foundation has continually deepened its commitment to the cause. From posters in the retail windows to collection bins in more than 300 stores; from facilitating donations from the public and a skilled marketing team that promotes the partnership through a multitude of media to dedicated employees who volunteer their time during Sort Week, Duane Reade has been a vital partner in raising awareness of the needs of homeless children.
HSBC and its employees take pride in fostering a connection to their customers and to the communities in which it does business. So who better to demonstrate this commitment than teams of HSBC employee volunteers, delighted to take a hands-on role in preparing New York City children for the first day of school? HSBC remains one of our most committed Operation Backpack partners, providing a multi-year grant to Volunteers of America and positively impacting the lives of disadvantaged children across the nation.
The Home Depot Foundation
Since beginning its partnership with Volunteers of America in April 2011, The Home Depot® Foundation has pledged almost $5 million to the organization to benefit homeless veterans. VOA is one of the nation’s largest nonprofit organizations addressing veterans’ needs, serving more than 10,000 homeless veterans each year in 46 cities. In the Greater New York area, several beautification projects, spearheaded by Team Depot volunteers, greatly enhanced the environment and quality of life for tenants at our two veterans residences.
For over a decade, FedEx has been a vital partner to Volunteers of America, ensuring that the generosity of thousands of people reaches the individuals, children and families in our care. During Operation Backpack, FedEx picks up supplies at participating drop off locations (such as Duane Reade and Walgreens stores) and delivers them to our Operation Backpack ‘Sort Space.’ During the holidays, FedEx delivers truckloads of donated toys to children in our family shelters.
Having inquired too late to conduct a drive for Operation Backpack 2014, OOH Pitch was first to call us to get involved in the 2015 campaign. While rallying staff and vendors to collect backpacks and school supplies, OOH Pitch's incredible gift came in the form of $1 million in donated 'Out-Of-Home' advertising space for Operation Backpack 2015. From Taxi TV to movie theater previews to telephone kiosks to billboards in Times Square, OOH Pitch and its cadre of compassionate vendors literally put us on the map and exponentially increased the visibility of Operation Backpack in the eyes of New York City.