Operation Backpack® is the back-to-school drive that collects and distributes new backpacks full of grade-specific supplies to the thousands of homeless children living in New York City homeless and domestic violence shelters. A new, full backpack is thrilling for the children to receive and can make the difference between the children being excited to go to school and not wanting to go at all. One of the most devastating consequences of homelessness is the impact it has on a child’s education. Thousands of children live with their families in a New York City homeless shelter and most would return to school each year without the school supplies they need, looking and feeling on day one different from their classmates if not for Volunteers of America’s Operation Backpack® . Operation Backpack® has been providing NYC’s most vulnerable children with new backpacks brimming with grade-appropriate school supplies in time for the first day of school. So they can start school on day one, looking and feeling like their classmates and not like a child in need. Volunteers of America’s goal this year is 20,000. Last year, CipherHealth participated in Operation Backpack® and together we collected and donated 100 backpacks. This year, let’s make it 150!