Operation Backpack

 We Need Your Help to Provide 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 kids need:
    • Backpacks for grades K through 12th grade for boys and girls
    • Pens, #2 pencils, markers, crayons, highlighters
    • Loose-leaf paper (wide and narrow rule), spiral notebooks, 3 ring binders
    • Assignment notebooks/daily planners
    • High School Dictionary, Thesaurus
    • Calculators, protractors

Click here to get the full list of CPS School Supplies!

Operation Backpack kicks off the first week in June 10th and donations should be dropped off by Wednesday, July 31 at the Volunteers of America of Illinois office located at:

47 W. Polk Street
Suite 250
Chicago, Illinois  60605
You and your group; company, church, or organization can get involved and collect backpacks. For more information and to receive materials to share with others, please email info@voail.org

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

Groups that collect Backpacks are also invited to take part by volunteering at our Back to School giveaway events in August!  
Also, if your company or team is interested in sponsoring backpacks for some of our children, please call to inquire about a corporate sponsorship.

To Download a Operation Backpack 2013 Flyer - Click Here.

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. 

To see all the photos from last year's event including the distribution of backpacks, check out our Facebook album!