In the Greater Washington area there are more than 2,000 children who are homeless. 2,000 children who are unsure of where they will sleep day to day. 2,000 children who are not sure where their next meal will come from. And 2,000 children who still have to go to school.
Less than 1 in 4 homeless children graduate from high school, are more likely to score lower on standardized tests, and be unprepared and fall behind their peers in class. And without the proper tools and supplies, these children have an even harder time receiving the education they need to succeed. This is where Operation Backpack comes in.
Operation Backpack is our initiative to provide backpacks and school supplies to the homeless and low income children we serve. Operation Backpack 2013 seeks to close the gap for children in need by providing the tools they need to be successful. These tools include backpacks, school supplies, enrichment programs and after-school activities to encourage 365 day learning. Last year With the support of our partners and donors like you we were able to exceed our 2012 Operation Backpack goals, providing backpacks, school supplies and academic support to homeless and low-income children throughout Maryland, DC and Virginia. This year the need has doubled, and so has our goal.
As one of the largest homeless services providers in the Mid-Atlantic region, Volunteers of America Chesapeake is determined to make a difference in the lives of hundreds of homeless and low income children in our area. With your help we can continue to improve the education and lives of these children in order to help on their road to self-sufficiency.
For more information visit our website.
Operation Backpack kicks off July 1, 2013
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