Department of Social Services Commissioner Steven Banks and Department of Homeless Services Administrator Joslyn Carter touring Operation Backpack's Sort Space warehouse

PRESS RELEASE
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 9, 2018
  • Media interested in attending should RSVP with Arianna Fishman at fishmana@dss.nyc.gov.
 

Operation Backpack®:

DSS Commissioner Banks, DHS Administrator Carter Visit School Supply Warehouse, Fill Back-to-School Backpacks for Homeless Students

 

NEW YORK—On Thursday, August 9, Department of Social Services Commissioner Steven Banks and Department of Homeless Services Administrator Joslyn Carter will tour Operation Backpack's Sort Space warehouse, where volunteers will be on hand to help Volunteers of America–Greater New York (VOA-GNY) fill thousands of brand new backpacks with grade-appropriate school supplies, ensuring that every student (pre-K through grade 12) currently residing in NYC homeless and domestic violence shelters is fully prepared for the first day of school.
 
Operation Backpack, VOA-GNY's community service initiative, now in its 15th year, has provided more than 160,000 homeless students with backpacks and school supplies, ensuring they start the school year with hope and dignity—and without the stigma that may come with being a child in need.

What:

Tour of the Operation Backpack Sort Space with onsite interview availability for Commissioner Banks and Administrator Carter

When:

Thursday, August 9, 2018—9:30AM–10:00AM

Where:

Operation Backpack Sort Space, address provided upon RSVP

Who:

Department of Social Services Commissioner Steven Banks
Department of Homeless Services Administrator Joslyn Carter

VOA-GNY President & CEO Tere Pettitt

VOA-GNY Vice President of Communications and External Relations and Operation Backpack founder Rachel Weinstein
An 11-year old backpack recipient and her father

A 10-year old backpack recipient with his mother who will soon transition to permanent housing

Paige Davis, Trading Spaces host, Volunteers of America-Greater New York Board Member