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Our goal is to get as many full backpacks into the hands of homeless and at-risk students as possible before their first day of school.

Operation Backpack® has been an initiative of Volunteers of America since 2009. It is aimed at providing backpacks, school supplies, and optimism to children belonging to low income households or those who have encountered homelessness.

Students who have the necessary supplies, such as pencils, notebooks, and backpacks, are better prepared to engage in classroom activities and complete assignments. Without these supplies, children may struggle to keep up with their peers and may experience stress and anxiety that can negatively impact their academic performance. Furthermore, students who lack appropriate school supplies may feel embarrassed or ashamed, which can affect their self-esteem and motivation to succeed. Providing students with the necessary school supplies can help level the playing field and give every student an equal opportunity to succeed academically.

Your kindness can shine in making sure students have their own supplies and everything they need to learn. Not only would your kindness be helping children, but you would also help struggling parents breathe a sigh of relief.

There are many ways that you, family, friends, and colleagues can participate in Operation Backpack® and help a child in need:


Can’t participate? Consider donating! Your support and monetary donations are critical in changing the lives of our most vulnerable students across the state. You have the power to make our world a better place and give at-risk and homeless students a chance.

Purchase Supplies

Shop through our Amazon Wish List. The items purchased through this store will ship directly to us at our office in time for the first day of school.

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