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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.  

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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 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, Ohio 44134


Drive up and Donate!

Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana is teaming up with Cleveland 19 News for Operation Backpack®. Cleveland 19 News, Marc’s Stores, and Kaplan’s Furniture welcome you to safely drive up and donate school supplies and hope for kids in our community. 

Join us from 4:00 pm to 6:30 pm on:

Wednesday, August 5 at Marc’s
3307 Center Ridge
Brunswick, Ohio

Thursday, August 6 at Kaplan’s Furniture
24869 Lorain Road
North Olmsted, Ohio

Friday, August 7 at Marc’s
4519 Mayfield Road
South Euclid, Ohio


Thank you Union Home Mortgage Foundation for giving kids hope in the Greater Cleveland and Sandusky areas.



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


A special thank you to our media partners:

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For questions or additional information, please contact:

OperationBackpack@voaohin.org