Operation Backpack®

Backpack of Hope

Hello, Friends!

Whoa! We’ve been buried under thousands of backpacks. Yes, you read that right! Thousands of backpacks filled with hope and school supplies … because of you!

Don’t worry. We’re digging out of this avalanche of kindness as you read this email. All of these backpacks have important work to do. But don’t take it from us …

“First, you've made me so happy! I’m with an amazing kid, AND I’m filled with hope. The moment we met, I knew it was fate. We’re already glued together and dreaming up our future. It’s so great to be loved and needed. I’m so happy to have met a kid who needed me, as much as I needed her.

Thank you for giving me such an important job. I know carrying all this hope for them is going to be hard work. But, it's worth it. You made my job special and I won't let you down.”

Love, The Backpack of Hope

This moment, and so many more like it, is a testament to the kindness and compassion of our community. Your generosity has touch the hearts of thousands of children throughout Ohio and Indiana … Especially in your hometown, where you first shared your hope for children.

Your kindness will inspire hearts and minds this school year. Thank you!

Because of the compassion of Union Home Mortgage Foundation, kids in Ohio & Indiana will be filled with hope and surrounded by love and backpacks!

"We are incredibly proud to join Volunteers of America as the presenting sponsor of this year's Operation Backpack campaign in Ohio and Indiana. This is our fourth year participating and in that time, it has become core to our community engagement efforts. Education is a critical component to success. This year, students, parents and teachers are facing challenges the likes of which they have never seen before. Now more than ever, people need a helping hand. If we can eliminate just one barrier preventing our youth from focusing on their education - we are doing our part to better the community. That’s why we are proud to partner on Operation Backpack."

Bill Cosgrove, President and CEO of Union Home Mortgage

A special thank you to ALL of our kindhearted friends and partners who opened their hearts (and doors), and gave children throughout Ohio and Indiana hope and opportunity.


Oswald Companies

Buckeye Health Plan

Cornerstone (Neyer Management)

Mike Castrucci Automotive


Ohio Savings Bank

Cleveland Public Library

Cleveland 19 News

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