Project Backpack Now through August 26

August 1st,2019 Categories: Latest News

Collection Dates: July 14 – August 25,
Sundays, 9:00 am – 1:00 pm


Nearly 115,000 NYC schoolkids experienced homelessness at some point last year – that’s roughly one-in-ten students in our city. The stress and trauma of homelessness leave these girls and boys struggling to keep up with their classmates, and their families often can’t afford even the most basic items that kids need for school: backpacks, notebooks, binders and other supplies.


Project: Back to School partners with companies, law firms, schools and caring individuals to collect more than 3,000 NEW backpacks for homeless students and fills them with all the supplies a child needs to start the school year right.

You can help a homeless girl or boy with a simple donation of a new backpack or any of the supplies on our wish list (note: all items must be NEW and UNOPENED):

Backpacks – Markers – Erasers – Glue Sticks
# 2 Pencils – Blue or Black Pens – Pocket Folders
Paper Dividers – Rulers – Composition Notebooks
Small Dictionaries – Ruled Paper – Pencil Sharpeners
Notebooks – Index Cards – 1” Binders


• Host a drive for NEW backpacks and school supplies at your workplace or school.
• Make a donation at: Just $20 provides one child with a backpack full of school supplies.
• Volunteer to help sort supplies and stuff backpacks!
• Purchase new items and drop them off at The Park or any of our partnering locations.


The Coalition for the Homeless provides food and clothing, eviction prevention, crisis services, permanent housing, job training and programs for youth to thousands of homeless New Yorkers each day, while our advocacy fights for the proven, housing-based solutions to homelessness that will end this terrible crisis once and for all. Since 1981, we have given more than one million homeless New Yorkers a way off the streets.

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Flyers are available for this project in English and Spanish