Operation Backpack

providing school supplies to children in need


Interested in partnering with VOA Illinois at our back to school event?

Operation Backpack is an annual drive to collect school supplies and backpacks for the children served by VOA Illinois and the surrounding community.

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.

All items will be purchased on this site and shipped to our offices in August. If you have any questions about this drive or the work we do at VOA Illinois, please don't hesitate to contact Katie at kwade@voail.org.

There are a few ways you can help make this year a success:

  1. You can visit our store to purchase backpacks and school supplies
  2. You can create a team page and encourage your coworkers, friends, and family to purchase items to help reach your goal
  3. Share this page with anyone you think would be interested in helping to provide backpacks to children in need in Chicago
  4. Reach out to Katie at kwade@voail.org, if you are interested in hosting an in-person drive.

If you or your company is interested in participating in Operation Backpack please contact our development team at:
Phone: 312-564-2434
Fax: 312-564-2301

Past Operation Backpack Highlights!