Helping America's most vulnerable.


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!

The A-B-C's of simple ways you can help children in need succeed in school:

A) ALL HANDS ON DECK! WE NEED VOLUNTEERS to help the campaign with marketing, data base tasks, sorting, item pick-ups, calls, etc... just give us a call at 916-265-3966.

B) BE A STAR! START A TEAM and become a fundraiser with our simple online tools that allows you to customize a landing page and message directly for your group, office, friends, etc...They can then "Join Your Team" too! It's a fast easy way to generate donations that will then allow VOA-NCNN to purchase supplies and backpacks in bulk at a discount... so it stretches every dollar you raise! CLICK HERE to start your new fundraising team!

C) CREATE COMPANY ENGAGEMENT. Can your company or your vendors sponsor the campaign by providing marketing items such as t-shirts or posters, advertising space or on-air commercials? How about "adopting" a specific school supply and providing bulk items such as flash drives, calculators or watercolor sets? Traditional monetary sponsorships are also available. In turn we will highlight your company engagement with a sponsorship package. Just contact us to learn more on how to help Operation Backpack®. See below to contact your local Operation Backpack community coordinator and discover how you can make a difference as a state-wide or regional sponsor.

D) DONATE online in any amount. It's fast and easy to do HERE, on our donation page, from your smart phone or computer.

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!


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.

For additional information
Contact one of our regional VOA-NCNN office's listed below for local details about joining OPERATION BACKPACK 2017!
  • Bay Area: Nicki Marazzani or (925) 269-7009
  • Greater Sacramento: Anamaria Bankert, or (916) 265-3966
  • Reno-Sparls, NV: Sandy Isham, or (775) 322-7143

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.