Last year every child who called a NYC Shelter "home" started school with a new, full backpack, just like every other kid in the class. This made a huge difference.
How you can help:
-Donate directly through Crowdrise!
-Donate supplies to the box in our lobby starting Monday, June 12!
-Start a donation box in your own office. Contact us and we will help you get started!
-Participate in Sort Week (August 7-18)!
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. If a child goes to school without a backpack or with few supplies, other children will take notice and see a child "in need" rather than just another classmate. A new backpack full of new supplies can make the difference between a child being excited to go to school and not wanting to go at all.
Volunteers of America-Greater New York has responded to this important community need by offering Operation Backpack®. To learn more about Operation Backpack®, click here. Now in its second decade, Operation Backpack® is one more way Volunteers of America-Greater New York helps vulnerable children have some semblance of a "normal" childhood experience.
CCS New York will be joining 200 other organizations partnering with Volunteers of America-Greater New York to provide new backpacks to the 23,000 NYC kids living in NYC Shelters. Help meet our goal of filling 100 backpacks by August 4th!
For more information on how you can get involved, please contact Melisa (firstname.lastname@example.org) or Katrina (email@example.com) at CCS.