Back-to-School Drive

Helping kids start the school year off strong


NVFS’ Back2School drive provides kids and teens across Northern Virginia with backpacks filled with the school supplies that their grade and county require.

Help NVFS buy supplies

We need YOUR help to ensure 1,800+ kids across the region receive new backpacks filled with the school supplies they need before they start school at the end of August. When you support NVFS’ Back2School Drive, you will equip each student with the tools to face any school-day challenge. Rather than feeling embarrassed or stressed because they don’t have the right supplies, they will feel excited to learn and ready to conquer the classroom.

Donate to Back2School

You can also mail a check (payable to NVFS, with B2S in the memo line) to:
Northern Virginia Family Service
Attn: Back2School
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

Thank you for your interest in donating school supplies to our Back2School Drive! Our 2018 drop-off dates for supply donations have passed. Please contact Jamie Johnson at with any questions.

Back2School Wishlist

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.
Volunteer at Back2School

Thank you for your interest in volunteering at Back2School! At this time, all of our 2018 Back2School volunteer slots have been filled.

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