9th Annual Operation Backpack® Campaign & the 50-Pack Challenge for Kids in Need

Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio will kick off its 9th annual, statewide Operation Backpack® campaign on Monday, July 20, ending August 8. The campaign, which operates in Cincinnati, Cleveland, and Columbus, helps to send more than 1,000 homeless and at-risk children back to school with backpacks, school supplies, and confidence.  For school supply lists, drop locations, flyers, to make online donations and more information, visit www.OperationBackpackGO.org.  Donation boxes will be available at select branches of Cleveland Public Library, see below.

Volunteers of America’s Operation Backpack® relies on the support and generosity of individuals, community groups and corporate drives to donate the backpacks and school supplies homeless children need to start the school year off on the right foot and boost their self-esteem.

“Many families in need can’t afford a backpack and new school supplies for their children, leaving them to face enormous challenges when going back to school,” said Dennis Kresak, president and CEO of Volunteers of America of Greater Ohio. “Preparing kids with a backpack and school supplies eliminates this financial hurdle for families and sends children in need back to school with confidence, and the tools to succeed.”

Corporations and community groups are encouraged to hold backpack drives and sign on for the 50-Pack Challenge. Organizers can sign-up by emailing OperationBackpack@voago.org. The official campaign kicks off July 20 and lasts through August 8. Donation boxes will be available at select branches of Cleveland Public Library, as well as Volunteers of America Thrift Stores, select branches of Ohio Savings Bank, select Levin Furniture locations, and Bartels Busack Pet Hospital Resort & Spa.

Cleveland Public Library Collection Sites:

Main Library – Lending Department
Louis Stokes Wing
525 Superior Avenue
Cleveland, Ohio 44114
Phone: 216.623.2872
Email: lending.department@cpl.org
Lending Department Manager: Kenyatta Abrams

West Side:
South Brooklyn

4303 Pearl Road
Cleveland, OH 44109
Phone: 216.623.7067
Fax: 216.623.7069
Email: South.Brooklyn.Branch@cpl.org
Manager: Luigi Russo

West Park
3805 West 157th St.
Cleveland, OH 44111
Phone: 216.623.7102
Fax: 216.623.7104
Email: West.Park.Branch@cpl.org
Manager: Michael Dalby

East Side:
16918 Harvard Avenue
Cleveland, OH 44128
Phone: 216.623.6990
Fax: 216.623.6992
Email: Harvard.Lee.Branch@cpl.org
Manager: Harriette Parks

Martin Luther King, Jr.
1962 Stokes Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44106
Phone: 216.623.7018
Fax: 216.623.7020
Email: Martin.Luther.King.Branch@cpl.org
Manager: Toni Parker

17109 Lake Shore Boulevard
Cleveland, OH 44110
Phone: 216.623.7039
Fax: 216.623.7042
Email: Memorial.Nottingham.Branch@cpl.org
Manager: Caroline Peak