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Operation Backpack

Donate backpacks & school supplies for Hoosier kids

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®.

Want to help a specific child in need? Contact Kirsten Bush at and she will assign you to a child in need.

How You Can Help

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    Donate Supplies

    Check out our list of needed supplies. Once you acquire items, arrange drop off before July 25th with Kirsten at our administrative office at 912 N. Delaware St, Indianapolis, IN 46202.

    Supply List
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    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
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    Host a Donation Drive

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

    Supply List
Contact Kirsten Bush to get started!
Phone: 317-686-5807
Fax: 317-686-5807