The United Way of Durham Region says this is the 14th consecutive year of the Operation BackPack program in Durham Region.
In the fight against poverty, and to mitigate its impacts, United Way says 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,” says Cindy Murray, CEO of United Way of Durham Region, adding school supplies and backpacks come with a cost which for some must be weighed against food or accommodation for other expenses.
“The underlying objective for Operation BackPack in Durham is to help relieve this pressure,” she adds. “Not only does it help to provide critical materials for a child, but it also helps (in a small way) lift some of the burdensome pressures of poverty from a family.”
A parent or family may register their child or children with one of the United Way’s Operation BackPack partner agencies:
Brock, Scugog and Uxbridge: Big Brothers and Big Sisters of North Durham – 905-985-3733
Clarington: Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Clarington – 905-623-6646
Oshawa: Simcoe Hall Settlement House – 905-728-7525
Ajax and Pickering:
Girls Inc. – 905-428-8111
Open Arms – 416-995-6144
Women’s Multicultural Resource and Counselling Centre – 905-427-7849
Ajax Welcome Centre – 1-877-761-1155 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Pickering Welcome Centre – 1-877-761-1155
Additionally, parents or guardians can call 211 to find the program partner applicable for their area.