Helping America's most vulnerable.

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Get Involved for 2018, helping is as easy as A-B-C!

A) A GIFT CAN BE MADE ONLINE OR IN PERSON Donate individually in any amount or use our simple online tools to create a Fundraising Team for your office, club or group. You can also shop and Fill a Pack you purchase with Grade specific school supplies and Drop them off at a location near you. (2018 locations coming soon)

B) BE A STAR & VOLUNTEER We need Volunteers to help in the office and the community to pick-up items, collect or sort. Just contact one of our regional offices below.

C) CREATE COMPANY ENGAGEMENT Consider having your company, group, or club be a part of the campaign by becoming a sponsor, holding a collection drive, or providing specialty school supply items in bulk such as scientific calculators, art palettes or flash drives.

NO MATTER WHICH WAY YOU PARTICIPATE WE ARE HERE TO HELP! Feel free to contact us at any time and also use the "tool kit" to help promote Operation Backpack to your friends, family and co-workers!


For individual drives please contact your Regional representative:
Bay Area: Cynthia Shane Smith, or (510) 325-1107
Greater Sacramento: Elyse Duenas, or (916) 265-3978
Reno-Sparks, NV: Linda Grace, or (775) 322-7143

For Corporate Sponsorship and Participation please contact:
Ana Bankert, corporate and foundation development officer (916) 265-3966 EVERY CHILD SHOULD START THEIR SCHOOL YEAR WITH A NEW FILLED BACKPACK!

Having a Backpack Helps Kids in Need Succeed!

Having a Backpack Helps Kids in Need Succeed!

thank you to all that made operation backpack 2017 a success, especially our sponsors

~Jackson Properties ~ Maximus Foundation ~Maximus Inc ~ 106.5 The End
~ Entercom Communications ~ Marquee Media~

And to our community partners that held collection drives:

Sutter Health
Kids Care Dental & Orthodontics
Jackson Properties
Maximus Foundation
106.5 The End

Bozzuto & Company Insurance
Jones Lang LaSalle
CA Dept of HR/Personal Management Division
UCD Medical Center
Granite Bay Area NCL
Deloitte Consulting Offices
WellSpace Health
Sutter Health Vascular Surgery
FAST Enterprises
Shell Oil
Sai Center of Sacramento & Sai Seva Sadan
Schetter Electric, Inc.
Sutter Tracy
Dept of Child Support Services
Best, Best & Krieger
Northern California TRACON
Auburn Ravine
Fuse Fitness
Bay Area Mechanical
Wells Fargo
Deacon Corporation
DLR Group
Sydney Paige
National Charity League
Sutter Health (25 locations)
Marquee Media
Washington Lodge #20 F.&A.M.Sutter General
Bank of America (30 locations)
Merryhill Schools

John O Bronson
HUB international
Accenture Credit Services
California Bankers Association
UC Davis Cardiovascular Dept
Dublin Elementary EDCC
UC Davis Health System
Ambulatory Nurse Gov. Council
Sutter Shared Services
Bank of the West
Kasier Permanente
Sutter Roseville
Veeva Systems
Caliber Salon
Red Robin
Sierra Heating and Cooling
Wells Fargo Advisors
Sam's Club
1st Northern Cal. Credit Union
ReMax Professionals
The Chive
La Quinta Inn
Sams Club Sacramento
Sutter Alhambra Family Center
Prime Shine, Inc. (19 locations)
Bayside Church
Healthy Start Family Res. Center
Dickson Realty
Great Basin Credit Union
AMR Contra Costa
Sutter Auburn Faith

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.

With your help, Operation Backpack® is able to provide thousands of backpacks, grade specific school supplies, and a variety of support services to homeless, at-risk and foster children from Pre-school to High School levels throughout the Bay Area, Greater Sacramento Area, and Reno regions. 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!

Why do this?

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.

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.