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 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 by contacting Andrew Zibell.

The campaign runs from July 8 – August 2. Do not miss out on the opportunity to set up a student for success next school year!

Feel free to reach out with any questions!