Operation Backpack®

Operation Backpack® is our initiative to stand in the gap for our region’s most vulnerable children. Your donations help us provide backpacks, school supplies and funding for academic enrichment to more than 2,000 homeless and underprivileged children in Washington DC, Maryland, Virginia and North Carolina. Together, we can help ensure these children achieve success despite their circumstances.

This Year We Need to Rethink Operation Backpack® in Light of the COVID-19 Crisis

Ordinarily we rely on the public – mainly companies – to organize drives that result in at least 2,000 full backpacks. For the other items needed, we raise funds to purchase school supplies, secure in-kind product donations and fill backpacks from scratch with the help of volunteers in August.

This year, with many employees working remotely and social distancing efforts in place, we simply cannot bank on things returning to normal in time to conduct Operation Backpack® in the usual way. Many children are experiencing distance-learning now more than ever and need the appropriate access to computers, WiFi, and other technology to receive an education. Public drives and volunteers at sort week are just not enough to get the backpacks and supplies in children’s hands before school begins – which is imperative.

As we adjust to this reality, we are having to make decisions and commitments to school supply vendors now, months earlier than in the past. So, for this year, we must do things very differently. As a community service with no government funding, your support is vital, and urgently needed now. 

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How to Get Involved in Operation Backpack® 2020

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    Become a Sponsor

    Support Operation Backpack® 2020 by becoming an Official Sponsor.

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    Make a Donation

    Your monetary donation will help us provide backpacks, school supplies, computers, and distance learning resources for children.

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    Fill a Backpack

    You can help us by providing a backpack full of school supplies for a child.

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We are in this together! Get your friends, family and colleagues involved by forming your own fundraising team.

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    Our Family-Based Programs

    Your donation will support the vulnerable children of the families we serve.

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    Donation Drop-Off Locations

    Find the closest drop-off location near you.

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Operation Backpack® News

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    ABC7 Spotlight's Operation Backpack®

    VOACC and Operation Backpack® were featured on ABC7/WJLA 24/7 News , key partners and hosts from the show share how the community can support.

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    Operation Backpack® Helps Local Kids in Loudoun, VA

    ABC7 covers local residents of Loudoun, VA dropping off school supplies and backpacks during the Operation Backpack® School Supply Drive.

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    ABC7's StormTracker Visits Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas during Operation Backpack®

    Christle Baker-Gill , Community Outreach Coordinator for Volunteers of America Chesapeake & Carolinas is interviewed and shares with viewers the significance of Operation Backpack®.

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For inquiries contact our Operation Backpack Team
Phone: (301) 459-2020