Operation Backpack


We need your help with providing more than 1,200 backpacks to children in need.

The first day of school can be tough for every child. It can be especially tough if you are a child who is homeless or living in foster care and you can’t afford to start school with all the supplies that most kids can count on when heading back to school. You can help give a child in need a great start on their first day of school by donating a backpack and school supplies.

Our priority is to provide school supplies needed for their school year. Please click below for a full list of supplies that we will be collecting.

Click here for a list of essential school supplies!

June 9th, 2014 begins the kick-off for collecting school supplies and will continue until Early August! 

You and your group; company, church, or organization can get involved and collect backpacks or volunteer. For more information and to receive materials to share with others, please email Operation Backpack Project Manager: Bridget Hickey at BHickey@voail.org

You can also call the Operation Backpack Hotline at 312-564-2434.  Call today to get started!

If your company or team is interested in sponsoring backpacks for some of our children, please call to inquire about a corporate sponsorship.

If you would like to give a special first day of school treat, please feel free to include fun items, such as stickers, colorful book covers, or fun pencil cases with your backpack donation. 

Sponsored by:

Volunteers of America of Illinois would like to thank the following companies for their generous support in making Operation Backpack 2014 a success:





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