Central Ohio

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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.

Central Ohio Operation Backpack® drive is June 26 through 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 location near you.
  3. 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

To make sure we can get the backpacks and supplies to kids in time for school, Operation Backpack collections will end on 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 Columbus area. Check our Thrift Store Directory for hours and locations.

Thrift Store Locations

Columbus Metropolitan Library

23 Locations throughout Greater Columbus.

Library Locations

Backpack Drop Days  | Stuff the Truck!
August 8th & 9th

Host a donation drive at your place of business, church, or group? You can bring them to our Stuff the Truck collection days at our downtown Columbus office for two days only after the campaign ends.

Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana
1780 E. Broad Street
Columbus, OH 43203

August 8, 2023  |  9am to 1pm
August 9, 2023  |  1pm to 5pm

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

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You are the hope children need to thrive

Download the Giving Guide -or- donate online today!