Remodeling is Fun & so is Giving Back!

Join Our Team & Volunteers of America Ohio-Indiana to help homeless and at-risk kids go back to school with confidence. What is Operation Backpack?

Through Operation Backpack®, Volunteers of America collects and distributes brand new backpacks filled with school supplies to homeless and at-risk children throughout Ohio and Indiana. A filled backpack relieves struggling parents of a financial burden and provides a sense of normalcy to the otherwise chaotic lives of these children, helping them to look and feel more like their classmates.

Many families in need can’t afford a backpack and school supplies for their children. These children, who live in poverty or are homeless, face many challenges and tremendous stigmatization – as a result, less than 25% graduate from high school. Most importantly, a filled backpack allows children to start the school year feeling prepared and confident, with the knowledge that their education is important and that someone believes in them.

Our Team had so much fun last year stuffing 13 backpacks that we are once again collecting supplies. Our goal this year is to fill 20 backpacks (not that we’re competitive)! We welcome all our client, friends, vendors, suppliers and trade partners to join us and helping us to meet our goal. If you have supplies ready, you can drop them off at office located at 989A Old Henderson Rd, 43220.  To make sure we can get the backpacks and supplies to VoA in time for distribution to the children, please drop off by August 23rd. 

What we Need:

  • Spiral notebooks
  • Filler paper
  • Elmer’s glue sticks
  • Pencil box or pouch
  • Large erasers
  • Rulers
  • Folders, 2-pocket
  • Binders, 3-ring
  • Scissors
  • Crayola crayons, 24-count
  • Pencils, #2
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Crayola washable markers, 8-count

If you would like to donate to Operation Backpack online click here You will be to be directed to Volunteers of America website.

And a special thank you to all of the businesses and individuals supporting this important mission to bring confidence to kids all over Central Ohio!