Operation Backpack


Operation Backpack 2014 Highlights


  • We distributed over 1,200 backpacks to children in two Chicago Public Schools in low income neighborhoods along with children of the Veterans that we serve and children in our child welfare services. We served 300 more students this year than previous years.
  • Culligan International and Cummins NPower, both new sponsors, donated over 500 backpacks between the two companies.
  • Operation Backpack partnered with 22 companies that supplied backpacks and school supplies. 14 of the companies were new in 2014
  • 44 volunteers prepared backpacks for distribution during our Operation Backpack sort weeks. 80 individuals volunteered at the two Back-to-School events that VOA of IL hosted, including 16 HSBC employees. 
  • At our Back-to-School event students were able to visit with a dentist to complete their back to school dental exam.
  • Both Back-to-School events provided the students with a meal for the day.
  • Operation Backpack supplied teachers at the two schools with books, Kleenex, and paper towels. 

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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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