Greater Cleveland & Sandusky

Operation Backpack

Many children return to school without the basic supplies they need. You can give a child hope to start the school year off right through Operation Backpack®.

With your help, new backpacks and school supplies are collected and given to homeless and at-risk children throughout Greater Cleveland & Sandusky.

You can help kids become whatever they imagine and dream.

You are a dream maker. You give a child hope.

Northern Ohio Operation Backpack® begins in July and concludes August 9, 2021.  

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How to Donate a Backpack

  1. Download the Supply List and go shopping for school supplies.
  2. Deliver the backpack to a drop off location near you.
    -OR-
  3. You can shop online through our Online Wish List and have the supplies delivered. Please select Southwest Community Services for shipping. No hassle, no fuss.
  4. Don’t forget to post a photo and share your experience with us! Use the #OperationBackpack and make sure to tag @voaohin on social media.

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Backpack Drop Locations

You can drop off backpacks and school supplies at all Volunteers of America Thrift stores in the Greater Cleveland area.

Check our Thrift Store Directory for hours and locations.

Southwest Community-Based Services of University Settlement
July 19 to August 10, 2021

Monday through Friday, 10:00am - 4:00pm
5210 Loya Parkway
Parma, Ohio 44134


Ohio Savings Bank
Accepting donations now through August 13, 2021
Visit their Branch Directory for locations & hours.


Drive up and Donate!

Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana is teaming up with Cleveland 19 News to welcome you to safely drive up and donate school supplies and hope for kids in our community.  

4-6:30pm on:

Thursday, August 5, 2021
UFC GYM
6849B Pearl Road
Middleburg Heights, OH 44130

Friday, August 6, 2021

Kaplan’s Furniture
24869 Lorain Road
North Olmstead, OH 44070


Thank you Union Home Mortgage and Oswald for giving kids hope throughout Ohio.

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Oswald Logo


A special thank you to our partners for sharing their love and hope with children throughout Greater Cleveland & Sandusky!

You are the hope children need to thrive

Contact us for more information -or- donate online today!