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 10, 2020.  

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 Amazon Wish List and have the supplies delivered straight to VOA. 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.

2020 Campaign Toolkit

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
Monday through Friday, 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

5210 Loya Parkway
Parma, 44134

Drive up and Donate!

Cleveland 19 News and our partners are bringing Operation Backpack to your neighborhood! Stay tuned for drive up and donate nights at three locations in Greater Cleveland the week of August 3, 2020. More information coming soon.

A special thank you to our media partners


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