Operation Backpack is Back at Starrett-Lehigh!

Volunteers of America is returning to Starrett-Lehigh this summer for their annual, and continuously successful, Operation Backpack®!

Operation Backpack’s mission is to send every student currently living in a homeless or domestic violence shelter to school with a fully stocked backpack, raising their confidence and equipping them with the supplies needed to succeed in the classroom. RXR Realty annually donates 17,000 square feet of space at Starrett-Lehigh to store and pack the backpacks. If you’d like to get your company involved, please contact Andrew Zibell, Operation Backpack® Corporate & Community Engagement Manager of Volunteers of America, Greater New York, at 212-496-4307 or azibell@voa-gny.org.

Starrett-Lehigh tenants can participate by:

  • Donating money to help buy school supplies
  • Donating supplies to fill backpacks. There is a donation bin in the lobby of Starrett-Lehigh
  • Donating time to fill backpacks. Tenants may volunteer to fill backpacks starting on July 9.

July 9th will also be Operations Backpack’s #OBPFirstDay Campaign! We encourage everyone to share photos on social media of you on your first day of school to show the importance of being prepared and the excitement that comes with a new school year.

Feel free to reach out with any questions!