More than 87,000 NYC school kids experienced homelessness at some point in the past year. Last night alone nearly 24,000 children slept in an NYC homeless shelter. Shelter life can put additional pressure on school-aged children who find themselves with little space to complete assignments, long commutes to school every morning and constantly facing the stigma of being homeless. For them, something as simple as a backpack, can make all the difference.
The Coalition’s annual Project: Back to School collects backpacks and school supplies for homeless students in New York City. Each year these gifts help students start the school year off right and ease some of the burdens of homelessness.
No child should fall behind just because his or her family can’t afford to buy pencils, notebooks and rulers.
What You Can Do:
- Host a drive for new backpacks and school supplies at work or school. Download the flyer.
- Donate to help us purchase supplies
- Volunteer to help sort supplies and stuff backpacks!
- Purchase new items and drop them off at any Manhattan Mini Storage or participating location Click here for a list of all locations.
Special thanks to our drive partners: