Support Operation Backpack® 2020 by becoming an Official Sponsor.
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.
How to Get Involved in Operation Backpack® 2020
We are in this together! Get your friends, family and colleagues involved by forming your own fundraising team.
Operation Backpack® News
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®.
- For inquiries contact our Operation Backpack Team
- Phone: (301) 459-2020