Support Operation Backpack® and More!

If you would like to learn more about becoming an Official Operation Backpack® Sponsor, please contact Rachel Weinstein at rweinstein@voa-gny.org or (212) 496-4305. 


Or, if you're interested in finding out more information about how you can participate in any of the opportunities below, please contact Andrew Zibell at azibell@voa-gny.org or call at (212) 496-4307.

Project Name: Operation Backpack®
Project Description: Bring your office co-workers or congregation members together to collect backpacks and school supplies for children in NYC's homeless and domestic violence shelters. Then have your team join us for “Sort Week," when we pack the backpacks and prepare them for distribution. Since 2004, Operation Backpack® has provided backpacks and school supplies to children living in homeless and domestic violence shelters throughout New York City. Last year, we provided 20,000 homeless children with backpacks filled with grade-specific school supplies – including a dictionary, scientific calculator and flash drive for high school students; and watercolors, crayons and drawing pads for preschoolers. Not only did these children begin the school year with the supplies they need to do their work, but they looked and felt more like their classmates on that all-important first day of school.
Project Location: Your office and/or our Manhattan offices
Project Date: July-August; “Sort Week" scheduled for mid-August
Project Budget: TBD

Project Name: Toys for the Holidays
Project Description: Collect age-appropriate toys and other gifts for children in our homeless and domestic violence shelters in New York City, preschoolers at our Early Learning Center in the South Bronx, and teens in our group homes in New Jersey, to ensure that no one is forgotten during the holidays. We also have a limited number of Secret Santa letters from children in our shelters and early learning centers to which corporate groups may respond. Then join us for “Sort Week," when we pack the gifts and prepare them for distribution.
Project Location: Your office and/or our Manhattan offices
Project Date: November-December

Project Name: Burt & Barbara's Gifts of the Heart
Project Description: Collect small gifts that we can give to our older adults with developmental disabilities. For many of these clients, VOA is their only “family". Burt and Barbara are two such clients who met and fell in love when they both were placed in VOA apartments, after Willowbrook State School finally was closed. Burt & Barbara's Gifts of the Heart is named for them and for their enduring love for each other.
Project Location: Your office
Project Date: For Valentine's Day and the December holidays or all year long for birthdays and other milestones