Central & Northern Indiana

School age girl 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.

The Central & Northern Indiana Operation Backpack® is June 1 through July 17, 2023.

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


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. You can shop online through our Central Indiana Wish List or Northern Indiana Wish List and have the supplies delivered straight to VOA. No hassle, no fuss. Online shopping available until July 17, 2023.
  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

Central Indiana Drop Locations

Indianapolis Central Library
June 1-July 17 during normal operating hours
40 E St Clair St
Indianapolis, IN 46204

Baxter YMCA
July 3-July 14 during normal operating hours
7900 Shelby St
Indianapolis, IN 46227

Fishers YMCA
July 3-July 14 during normal operating hours
9012 E 126th St
Fishers, IN 46038

Northern Indiana Drop Locations

Volunteers of America Ohio & Indiana
June 1 - July 17 - 9:00am to 5:00pm

504 Broadway, Suite 428
Gary, IN 46402

Volunteers of America  |  The Gardens on Carolina
June 1 - July 17 - 9:00am to 5:00pm
521 Carolina Street
Gary, IN  46402

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

Fox59 Indianapolis Logo

CBS4 Indianapolis Logo

The Indianapolis Public Library Logo

The YMCA Logo

You are the hope children need to thrive

Download the giving guide -or- donate online today!