Greater Cleveland & Sandusky

School age boy with backpack

You’re here! And you’re just in time for back to school … 

We’re giving you an A+ for your kindness!

Welcome to your neighborhood Operation Backpack® page – filled with all the ways you can help.

With a few clicks, you can fill hearts (and backpacks) with hope and confidence.

Thank you for joining the Operation Backpack® movement and helping all kids reach for the stars.

We’re so glad you’re here.  

Let us know if you have any questions as you begin your Operation Backpack® adventure. We’re here to help you. Contact Us.

Northern Ohio Operation Backpack® begins June 26 and concludes August 7, 2023.  

Donate today and fill the hearts of kids and families with all the love and help they need to thrive this school year.

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.

Giving Guide

Backpack Drop Locations
June 26 to August 7

To make sure we can get the backpacks and supplies to kids in time for school, all donations must be dropped-off by August 7, 2023.

Read below for drop off availability at each location.

VOA Thrift Locations
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

University Settlement, Southwest CSB
8911 W. Ridgewood Road
Parma, Ohio  44129
Monday - Friday ONLY  | 10a to 4p

Drive Up & Donate
August 1 to August 3

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.

Tuesday, August  1  |  3pm to 6:30pm
Levin Furniture & Mattress
23100 Broadway Avenue
Oakwood Village, Ohio

Wednesday, August 2 | 3pm to 6:30pm
VOA Thrift Store
35101 Euclid Avenue
Willoughby, Ohio

Thursday, August 3 | 3pm to 6:30pm
Levin Furniture & Mattress
1801 Nagel Road
Avon, Ohio

A special thank you to our partners for sharing their love and hope with children throughout northern Ohio!

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You are the hope children need to thrive

Download our Giving Guide -or- donate online today!