VOLUNTEERS OF AMERICA DELAWARE VALLEY SETS SIGHTS ON COLLECTING
1,000 BACKPACKS FOR KIDS IN NEED
The five Modell’s locations that are participating in Operation Backpack are:
- Cherry Hill Mall, 2000 Route 38 Cherry Hill
- Deptford Mall, 1750 Deptford Center Road, Deptford, NJ
- Berlin Circle Plaza, West Berlin, NJ
- 2501 Route 130 South, Cinnaminson, NJ
- East Gate Square, 1100 Nixon Drive, Mt, Laurel, NJ
The International Sports, Skating and Fun Center locations are:
- 1 Hovtech Blvd., Mount Laurel, NJ
- 600 Kresson Road, Cherry Hill, NJ
- Deptford Skating & Fun Center: 510 Deptford Avenue, Westville, NJ
Backpacks can also be dropped off at Volunteers of America Delaware Valley Administrative Offices at 235 White Horse Pike, Collingswood, NJ. Operation Backpack runs through the end of August. For more information or to donate online, go to www.voadv.org.
Close to 1900 adults and children will experience homelessness during the year in Camden County alone. Volunteers of America Delaware Valley’s service area is the entire Philadelphia metro region, including Delaware. Homeless students miss school more often, have higher dropout rates, lower graduation rates, and are held back more often than students with permanent housing. A new backpack and school supplies can add a degree of normalcy lacking in their lives thereby giving them a better chance to thrive.
About Volunteers of America Delaware Valley
The Greater Philadelphia regional affiliate of the national Volunteers of America – a nonprofit, faith-based organization founded in 1896 – Volunteers of America Delaware Valley serves more than 13,000 men, women and children annually in Southern and Central New Jersey, Southeastern Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Headquartered in Collingswood, N.J., Volunteers of America Delaware Valley provides a range of programs for senior citizens; homeless families; offenders returning to the community; those battling addiction and men and women dealing with mental health issues.