Operation Backpack - Statewide

Operation Backpack - Statewide

Every child wants to fit in at school, but showing up the first day without the basic supplies required for their grade makes that struggle even more difficult. In an effort to provide back-to-school supplies to disadvantaged children in Pennsylvania, Volunteers of America of Pennsylvania has launched Operation Backpack® 2015.  The program runs July 1 through August 10. 

Volunteers of America encourages individuals, organizations and businesses to help in the following ways: 

Purchase a new backpack and fill it with fresh, grade-appropriate school supplies.
Sponsor a school supply collection between July 1 and August 10, 2015
Make a financial contribution to support Operation Backpack.
Corporations and businesses can hold a school supply and backpack drive.

Backpack donations will be accepted at many local businesses including Planet Fitness, Freedom Auto Group, Sun Motor Cars, The Medicine Shoppe in Mechanicsburg and Old Navy at Colonial Commons.  Donations will also be accepted at the Volunteers of America Thrift store at 675 Silver Spring Road/Carlisle Pike in Mechanicsburg, our ReWares Store at 1 S. Miller Road in Harrisburg (located across from the Colonial Park Mall behind Long John Silvers) or at the organization’s office at 2601 N. Front Street, Harrisburg.  

For a complete list of drop-off locations, as well as for school-supply lists and more information about the campaign and how individuals, groups and businesses may get involved in Operation Backpack, please contact Diana Faust at 717.236.1440 ext. 23 or dfaust@voapa.org.


2601 N. Front Street

Suite 107

Harrisburg,  PA  17110

717 236-1440



675 Silver Spring Rd.

Mechanicsburg, PA 17050

(717) 766-6264


Planet Fitness

6041 Allentown Blvd.

Harrisburg,  PA 17112


Old Navy

Colonial Commons

5112 Jonestown Rd.

Harrisburg, PA 17112


Planet Fitness

Hampden Center

4850 Carlisle Pike

Mechanicsburg,  PA  17050


Planet Fitness

121 Gettysburg Pike

Mechanicsburg,  PA   17055


Drayer Physical Therapy

2805 Old Post Road

Suite 110

(off of Linglestown Rd.)

Harrisburg,  PA  17110


Planet Fitness

3460 Paxton Street

Harrisburg,  PA 17111


The Medicine Shoppe

33 East Simpson St.

Mechanicsburg,  PA   17055


Volunteers of America

ReWares Store

1 S. Miller Rd

(across from Colonial Park Plaza behind Long John Silvers)

Harrisburg, PA 17109


The Reserve and Gardens at Hershey Meadows

 Club House

201 Osprey Ln

Hummelstown, PA 17036

(8-10-15 – 8-14-2015 only)


Freedom Auto Group

6060 Allentown Blvd,

Lower Paxton, PA 1711


Any Sun Motor Cars

(BMW, Mercedes, Audi, Porsche or the collision center)

location on the Carlisle Pike in Mechanicsburg,  PA


Freedom Toyota of Hamburg

41 Industrial Drive

Hamburg,  PA    19526


For more information

Contact: Diana Faust

(717) 236-1440 ext. 23)


Wilkes-Barre, PA

Volunteers of America Thrift Store

400 s. Main Street

Wilkes-Barre, PA