2013-07-19 / Community

Operation Backpack Seeks Help

America Works of New York, Inc., an employment company for hard to place individuals, is partnering with Volunteers of America for “Operation Backpack” to provide New York City children living in the homeless shelter system with backpacks full of school supplies.

Since its founding in 1984, America Works of New York has put more than 350,000 men and women into full time employment, including a large number of homeless men and women, military veterans, welfare and food stamp recipients, former criminal offenders, former foster care children, non-custodial parents and people receiving Social Security and Disability.

In a press release, America Works said it lifts people out of poverty using its unique brand of intensive, personalized employment services.

“We are delighted to help provide New York City’s disadvantaged children with some of the basic tools they need to succeed in school,” said Dr. Lee Bowes, CEO of America Works of New York. “America Works has always been deeply concerned with the homeless population in the city and we urge all New Yorkers to visit one of our five drop-off locations throughout the city and donate to this very worthy cause.”

Assemblyman Phil Goldfeder said, “Now, more than ever, we need to give back, as a community to those who are struggling. I hope the community will step up once again and provide our children the supplies they need to succeed— increasing the educational success of our children is vital to the future of our community in Southern Queens and Rockaway.”

Last year, Operation Backpack distributed 13,500 full backpacks to New York City children in more than 100 shelters.

This year, America Works of New York looks forward to helping Volunteers of America reach its highly ambitious goal of 15,000 new, filled backpacks.

To donate a backpack or age-appropriate school supplies, visit America Works of New York’s Far Rockaway office, Monday to Friday, 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., at 1600 Central Avenue 5th Floor, Far Rockaway.

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