Thousands of children live in homeless and domestic violence shelters throughout New York City. One of the devastating consequences of homelessness is the impact it has on a child’s education. We wanted to help. For most of July we hosted a backpack and school supplies drive in partnership with Volunteers of America’s Operation Backpack.
The drive started slow. But the IT Director stepped it up when he ordered 10 backpacks (!!) for his team to fill with supplies. Once the ball was rolling, we had some contributions from the creative and tech teams. However, it was the account services team that took the lead with only a few days left. These 6 people (including our summer Project Management intern) generously each donated a bag stuffed to its brim with the recommended supplies.
Backpacks were labeled by gender and grade and many of our contributions were coincidentally geared towards elementary school-aged kids (our inner 3rd graders peaked their heads when purchasing Spiderman or neon colored bags). Suggested school supplies to fill the backpack included loose-leaf paper, pencils, pens, markers, pencil bag or box, rulers, glue sticks, folders, three-ring binders, notebooks…and the list went on.
These backpacks and supplies mean a lot to the children, helping them go back to school with all of the material they need and a boost of confidence! We are proud to have made a small contribution to Operation Backpack, especially since we know it will make a big difference to the individual families and children who receive our bags.
GO ACCOUNT SERVICES TEAM!