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Operation Backpack

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Donate backpacks & school supplies for kids in Indianapolis

One of the most devastating consequences of living in poverty or experiencing homelessness is the impact it has on a child's education. In addition to frequent school transfers and an unsettled home life, many children return to school without the basic supplies they need. On the first day of school, they look and feel different from their classmates.

At Volunteers of America of Indiana, we're working to give every child a chance to go back to school with confidence and pride. You can help through Operation BackpackĀ®.

How you can help

  • Boy with donated backpack from Operation Backpack

    Donate Supplies

    Check out our list of needed supplies. Once you acquire items, drop them off with Kirsten at our administrative office located at 912 N. Delaware St., Indianapolis, IN 46202.

    Supply List
  • Child reading book from Operation Backpack

    Fund Operation Backpack

    If you don't have the time to drop off school supplies, make an online donation. Your gift will then be used to buy school supplies for a family.

    Give Now
  • Backpacks for children at Theodora House

    Put on a Donation Drive

    If you're really motivated to collect school supplies for children, consider putting on a donation drive at work, school, church, or in your neighborhood. Use the supply list to guide the collection.

    Supply List
Contact Kirsten Bush, Community Engagement Coordinator, for more information.
Phone: 317.686.5807
Fax: 317.686.5807
kibush@voain.org