PROVIDING BACKPACKS AND SCHOOL SUPPLIES TO HELP CHILDREN START OFF THE SCHOOL YEAR RIGHT.
Operation Backpack is an effort to provide backpacks and school supplies to the children and communities we serve. VOA Illinois is able to provide over 1,000 backpacks filled with school supplies with the support of various partners and donors.
Operation Backpack is an annual drive hosted by VOA Illinois to collect backpacks and school supplies for the youth we serve including, children in foster care, children in families experiencing homelessness, and children of the Veterans served by VOA Illinois. In addition to providing backpacks to the over 450 youth we serve, we also host a back-to-school event open to all community members and we partner with local schools, community organizations, and churches to distribute to students in need.
Our goal is to provide each child we serve with a brand new backpack and everything they need to start the school year off on a positive foot. We know without the proper materials and support a child will not succeed in the classroom.
There are a few ways you can help make this year a success: