Operation Backpack

providing school supplies to children in need


Due to COVID-19 Operation Backpack will be completely virtual for the summer of 2020. 

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

In order to protect the safety of our partners and children, all backpacks and supplies can be purchased on our online store. The store will be open from May - the end of July. After this all backpacks and supplies will be shipped directly to the VOA Illinois office, where our staff will organize and distribute to the children we serve. While our team is going to miss seeing everyone at backpack pick ups, we know this is only temporary and we'll be seeing you next year! 

Many children are already facing setbacks due to limited resources and we want to help them get back on track this fall. With your help, we hope we can reach our goal of providing 500 children with brand new backpacks and school supplies!

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 providing backpacks to children in need in Chicago

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!