DURHAM: The United Way of Durham Region is pleased to announce the 14th consecutive year of our Operation BackPack program in Durham Region. The program is designed to help at-risk families and their children with the provision of important back-to-school supplies.
In the fight against poverty and to mitigate its impacts, childhood and youth education preparedness is critical.
“The ‘back to school’ feeling that, for so many, can be invigorating and a time of excitement and expectation can for others be a daunting time. School supplies and backpacks come with a cost which for some must be weighed against food, accommodation or other expenses.
The underlying objective of Operation BackPack in Durham is to help relieve this pressure. Not only as it helps to provide critical materials for a child, but also in that it helps to, in a small way, lift some of the burdensome pressures of poverty from a family,” stated Cindy Murray, CEO, United Way of Durham Region.
A parent or family from Brock, Scugog or Uxbridge may register their child or children with one of the United Ways Operation BackPack partner agency Big Brother and Big Sisters of North Durham by calling 905-985-3733.
Additionally, parents or guardians may call 211 to find the program partner applicable for their area.
The United Way is grateful to all of our donors, suppliers and volunteers who make this program possible and extend a special thank you to our program partners and their volunteers and staff.