Operation Backpack® Needs You

Thank You

You cared. You donated. You volunteered. You gave children across Michigan the chance to go to school confident and prepared to succeed.

  • 1,607

    Backpacks

  • 246

    Donors & Volunteers

  • 633

    Hours Served

  • $54,513

    Impact Value


One of the most devastating consequences of family homelessness is the impact it has on a child’s education. The stigma of being homeless weighs heavily on these children in their school and peer groups. When they arrive at school without a backpack or proper supplies, they are seen by others as different rather than as a potential new friend.

Operation Backpack® is the back-to-school drive that collects and distributes new backpacks full of grade-specific supplies to thousands of homeless and at-risk children across the state of Michigan. A new, full backpack is not only thrilling to the children who receive, but can make all the difference in their self-confidence and their school performance.


Your support and donations are critical pieces to changing the lives of our most vulnerable students across the state.

Operation Backpack® would not be here without you.

Thank you for what you have done to make our world a better place and give at-risk and homeless students a chance.

Contact Development and Volunteer Coordinator Hank Wolfe Rodriguez
Phone: (248) 204-6042
hwolferodriguez@voami.org