Helping America's most vulnerable.

Every school year should start filled with a backpack.

What is Operation Backpack?

Each year, thousands of homeless and at-risk children in our local communities return to school without the basic supplies they need.

Children who live in poverty or are homeless face many challenges and tremendous stigmatization – as a result, less than 25% graduate from high school.  Preparing these children for school with a new backpack filled with school supplies boosts their self-esteem and gives them the tools and confidence needed to learn and thrive in school.

With your help, Operation Backpack® has been able to provide thousands of backpacks, school supplies, and a variety of support services to poverty-stricken or homeless children throughout the Greater Sacramento Area, Bay Area and Reno, NV.  Together, we are helping children learn and thrive in school, stay in school, and build a bright future.

Participate in Volunteers of America's Operation Backpack® and help children in need be prepared and excited for their first day of school!

Make a Donation

3 simple ways you help children succeed in school:

  1. Donate. It's that simple!
  2. Fill a backpack with school supplies and drop it off at a drop-off location near you.
  3. Organize your own drive at work, school, church, or club.

Contact your local office for complete information about: Drop-off locations, school supply lists, and labeling backpacks.

Bay Area: Kim Castaneda, or or (510) 663-4546 x108
Greater Sacramento: Anamaria Bankert, or (916) 265-3966
Reno-Sparls, NV: Sandy Isham, or (775) 322-7143

Where do the backpacks go?

The backpacks and school supplies we collect are used in a number of ways. All of the families and children in our programs are provided a backpack and school supplies. We also work with partner agencies and school districts to ensure as many children as possible get the tools they need to start the school year off on the right foot.

Where do I drop-off my donations?

Thanks to our partners, we offer many convenient locations to drop-off your donations. Choose your city and view the list for a drop-off location near you.

How can my company become a sponsor?

See the In My Area page above to contact your local office and discover how you can make a difference as a state-wide or regional sponsor.

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