Helping America's most vulnerable.


EVERY CHILD SHOULD START THEIR SCHOOL YEAR WITH A NEW FILLED BACKPACK!

Helping is as easy as A-B-C!

A) A GIFT CAN BE MADE ONLINE Donate individually in any amount or use our simple online tools to create a Fundraising Teamfor your office, club or group.

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 helping the campaign by providing bulk items such as art sets or flash drives. Your company or group can also hold a collection drive.

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 MORE INFORMATION, CONTACT YOUR REGIONAL VOA-NCNN OFFICE:

Bay Area: Nicki Marazzani NMarazzani@voa-ncnn.org or (925) 269-7009

Greater Sacramento: Anamaria Bankert, abankert@voa-ncnn.org or (916) 265-3966

Reno-Sparks, NV: Sandy Isham, sisham@voa-ncnn.org or (775) 322-7143


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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.

Having a Backpack Helps Kids in Need Succeed!

Having a Backpack Helps Kids in Need Succeed! You can get us to our goal of providing 12,000 filled backpack this year.