Operation Backpack

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For many children, the start of a new school year is filled with anxiety and academic challenges. Each year, thousands of children return to school unprepared, lacking the basic supplies they need to succeed. Volunteers of America Michigan’s Operation Backpack program provides low-income children returning to school with the basic supplies to thrive academically by reaching out to the local community for assistance in supplying at-risk low-income children with new backpacks and grade-appropriate education supplies.  Volunteers of America Michigan hopes to exceed last year's distribution of 1,200 supply-filled backpacks.
You can join together with Fox 2 Detroit, 96.3 WDVD, community sponsor Real Estate One Charitable Foundation and Volunteers of America Michigan to ensure that low-income children return to school with all the supplies they need. 

Volunteers of America Michigan invites the public to support Michigan’s low-income children and their  families by bringing a new backpack filled with school supplies to any Co-Op Services Credit Union Locations or the Volunteers of America Michigan Administration Office (21415 Civic Center Drive, Suite 306, Southfield, MI 48076) July 30 through August 10th

Click here for full list of dropoff sites

Click here for your supply lists!

You can organize a backpack drive at your office, at your church or with a group of friends!   Learn how other groups have organized their backpack drives.

Contact the Operation Backpack office to sign up as a sponsor. For more information, please contact:

Erica Medvinsky at (248) 204-6034 or, via email: emedvinsky@voami.org

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