Annual Backpack Drive

 

Female student with Pink BackpackOur annual backpack drive is a vital resource for the 6,500 homeless and low-income children in Stanislaus County who go back to school each year without any school supplies.  With foreclosures, evictions, layoffs, furloughs and unemployment affecting our community, the need for assistance has grown.  Together with Volunteers of America's Operation Backpack, we are helping students in Stanislaus County be prepared to thrive in the classroom, stay in school, and build a bright future.

Making a difference is as easy as:

 A  Download a grade-specific school supply list

 B  Purchase a new backpack and fill it with school supplies. (Please avoid blue or red backpacks.)

 C  Bring the filled backpack to one of the drop-off locations before July 31, 2018

 

       Make A Donation to Operation Backpack 2018       


SCHOOL SUPPLY LISTS

 

DROP OFF LOCATIONS

  • Stanislaus County Office of Education - 1100 H Street, Modesto

  • Alfred Matthews Cadillac GMC Buick – 3807 McHenry Ave. Modesto

  • Mocse Credit Union

    • Downtown:  1400 J Street, Modesto

    • North Modesto: 3600 Coffee Road, Modesto

    • Turlock:  1401 Geer Road, Turlock

  • Sutter Gould Medical Foundation

    • 600 Coffee Road, Modesto - Inquire at the Information Desk

    • 3100 W Christoffersen Pkwy, Turlock - Inquire at the Information Desk

  • Prime Shine Car Wash- all locations in the Central Valley, including Stanislaus County locations:

    • ​McHenry @ Standiford, 3520 McHenry Ave, Modesto

    • Prescott @ Briggsmore, 1800 Prescott Rd, Modesto

    • Dale @ Pelandale, 4120 Dale Rd, Modesto

    • Oakdale @ Lancey, 1736 Oakdale Rd, Modesto

    • McHenry @ Morris, 448 McHenry Ave., Modesto

    • Hatch @ Richland, 1740 Hatch Rd., Ceres

    • Whitmore @ Mitchell, 2954 E. Whitmore Ave., Ceres

    • Golden State @ Geer, 487 North Golden State Blvd, Turlock

    • Monte Vista @ Crowell, 980 W. Monte Vista Ave., Turlock

    • East F @ 5th Street, 526 East "F" Street, Oakdale

    • Patterson @ Estelle, 2375 Patterson Rd (Hwy 108), Riverbank

    • Sperry @ Ward, 945 Sperry Ave., Patterson 

  • Kids Care Dental, 115 Spreckels Ave., Manteca

 

 

 WHAT IS OPERATION BACKPACK? 

Operation Backpack is Volunteers of America's annual campaign to help children in need be prepared and excited for their first day of school.  SCOE collaborates with Volunteers of America and collects backpacks and school supplies to support low-income and homeless families in the Stanislaus County area. Since 2008, we have collected over 6,000 backpacks for children in need.  New backpacks filled with supplies, and affixed with a completed school supply list can be dropped off at any of the DROP-OFF LOCATIONS now through July 31, 2018.

 HOW DO I GIVE A MONETARY DONATION? IS MY GIFT TAX DEDUCTABLE? 

Donate individually in any amount by clicking the PayPal link above.  Donations provided thru this link are tax deductible and will be used to purchase school supplies and backpacks for students living in Stanislaus County.  Donated backpacks and supplies can also be tax deductible.  If you would like to receive a receipt for your contribution, please complete the donor contact information on the School Supply List and place the form inside your donated backpack.   A receipt will be mailed to you.

 I KNOW A CHILD WHO NEEDS A BACKPACK.  WHAT CAN I DO? 

Stanislaus County Office of Education, Student Support Services division works with Stanislaus County school districts' McKinney-Vento Homeless Education Liaison to provide backpacks to students in need.  If your child, or a child you know, is in need of a backpack please contact the local school district liaison or your school site for more assistance.

 

For more information about our local backpack drive please contact Kym Barber, kbarber [ahtsym] stancoe [dhotsym] org or call: 209-238-1510 or Victoria Gonzalez, vgonzalez [ahtsym] stancoe [dhotsym] org or call: 209-238-1517

See more at Volunteers of America, Operation Backpack