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 local area kids in need throughout Greater Cleveland & Sandusky.

Every child deserves to experience the confidence that comes from starting the school year with the right tools in hand.

You can help all kids dream big for their futures!

Northern Ohio Operation Backpack® begins June 6 and concludes August 8, 2022.  

Donate Online

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.
  3. You can shop online through our Online Wish List and have the supplies delivered. No hassle, no fuss. Please select delivery to "VOA Operation Backpack Cleveland"  for shipping.
  4. Don’t forget to post a photo and share your experience with us! Use #OperationBackpack and make sure to tag @voaohin on social media.

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Backpack Drop Locations

Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana Thrift Stores
June 6 to August 8, 2022

You can drop off backpacks and school supplies at all Volunteers of America Thrift stores in the northern Ohio area. Check our Thrift Store Directory for hours and locations.

Thrift Store Locations

Southwest Community-Based Services
July 18 to August 8, 2022

Monday through Friday, 9:00am - 5:00pm
8911 W. Ridgewood Drive
Parma, Ohio 441340


Ohio Savings Bank
July 11 to August 8, 2022

See flyer for branch locations and hours.

Branch Locations

Drive up and Donate
August 1 & August 3 at Marc's

Channel 19 News - Cleveland

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

Monday, August 1
4:00pm - 6:30pm

Marc’s - Strongsville
16224 Pearl Road
Strongsville, Ohio 44149

Wednesday, August 3 
4:00pm - 6:30pm

Marc’s - Solon
6231 SOM Center Road
Solon, Ohio 44139

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

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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!