Back-to-School Drive

Helping kids start the school year off strong

NVFS’ back-to-school drive provides kids and teens across Northern Virginia with backpacks filled with the school supplies that their grade and county require.

We are so grateful to all of the donors and volunteers that made it possible for us to provide more than 1,800 kids and teens with fully supplied backpacks for the 2017-2018 school year. A special thanks goes to:

Our community’s support has helped make it possible for kids and teens across the region to start the school year off strong.

Help NVFS buy supplies

Thanks to special purchasing programs, NVFS is able to buy supplies at a value that beats retail price. Every $1 donated can purchase $2 worth of school supplies. This means that your cash, check, or credit card donations can go further toward helping us meet the needs of vulnerable local students.


You can also mail a check (payable to NVFS, with BTS in the memo line) to:
Northern Virginia Family Service
Attn: Back-to-School
10455 White Granite Drive, Suite 100
Oakton, VA 22124

Please note, should contributions to our Back-to-School Drive exceed our budgeted need, gifts will be directed to where they are needed most: To help children and families living in poverty throughout Northern Virginia.

Donate Supplies

Donations of new backpacks and new school supplies (see our wishlist) can be dropped off at the following times and location:

Dates and Times: TBA

Location: TBA

Backpack Tips:

  • We are especially in need of new larger-sized backpacks for our middle and high school-aged students. As you are shopping, please consider donating these more generous sizes.
  • Gender-neutral colors are preferable for all grade levels.
  • Elementary and kindergarten backpacks should be large enough to accommodate pocket folders, notebooks and pencil boxes (as adorable as they are, please, no mini backpacks).
  • As a reminder, schools in our service area do not allow students to use wheeled backpacks.


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