What is the Backpack Challenge?

 

The Backpack Challenge raises funds and collects essential back to school items for foster care youth. From its humble beginnings, the Backpack Challenge has grown from a small collection drive to a national program due to the strong partnership between the Philadelphia Department of Human Services, Five Below, 96.5 Amp Radio & 92.5 XTU, and Valley Youth House.
 
This cause marketing collaboration provides direct benefits for all partners involved: government & nonprofit partners receive backpacks and monetary support, the retail partner drives in store traffic and increases sales, and the media partner is able to build publicity of a philanthropic endeavor into their media sales package.
 

Most importantly, young people ​in foster care are given the tools needed to pursue and achieve their educational goals through the support of their own communities. From 2013 to 2014 in Philadelphia, the number of collection site partners more than doubled, 5,173 backpacks were collected, and over $36,000 was raised.

We look forward to welcoming our 2015 partners in Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland and Detroit! The national program will run from July 24 to August 9.

 

Partners in Atlanta, Baltimore, Cleveland, and Detroit will be announced in the coming weeks! Stay tuned for additional details.

 

Want to support the Backpack Challenge?

A donation of $500 can provide a laptop to a youth attending college without access to a personal computer.

A donation of $100 can provide dorm room essentials to a youth beginning college.

A donation of $50 can purchase text books and supplies for a college course or training program.

A donation of $25 can purchase a backpack stuffed with school supplies to a youth in need.


Thank you to our 2015 sponsors!


2015 Backpack Challenge Collection Sites:

ASOCIACIÓN PUERTORRIQUEÑOS

EN MARCHA - CUA 2

1900 North 9th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19122

www.apmphila.org

 

BALLARD SPAHR

1735 Market Street, 51st Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19103

www.ballardspahr.com

 

BEEHIVE SALON

1719 Fairmount Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19130

www.beehivehairsalon.com

 

BETHANNA - CUA 8

1212 Wood Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107

www.bethanna.org

 

CBS BROADCAST CENTER

1555 Hamilton Street, 6th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19130

www.cbsradio.com

 

CATHOLIC COMMUNITY SERVICES - CUA 4

10125 Verree Road, Suite 200

Philadelphia, PA 19116

www.cssphiladelphia.org

 

COLUMBIA NORTH YMCA

1400 North Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19121

www.philaymca.org

 

COVENTRY

7111 Valley Green Road

Fort Washington, PA 19034

www.coventry.com

 

DESIGNPOINT SOLUTIONS

230 North 2nd Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106

www.design-point.com

 

DEPARTMENT OF HUMAN SERVICES

1515 Arch Street

Philadelphia, PA 19102

www.phila.gov/dhs

 

IRON SHORE

50 South 16th Street

Suite 3410

Philadelphia, PA 19102

www.ironshore.com

 

JUVENILE JUSTICE SERVICES CENTER

91 North 48th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19139

www.webgui.phila.k12.pa.us/schools/y/ysc

 

JUVENILE LAW CENTER

1315 Walnut Street, 4th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19106

www.jlc.org

 

LIBERTY PROPERTY TRUST

1628 JFK Boulevard

Philadelphia, PA 19103

www.libertyproperty.com

 

LIBERTY PROPERTY TRUST

1701 JFK Boulevard

Philadelphia, PA 19103

www.libertyproperty.com

 

LIBERTY PROPERTY TRUST

One & Three Crescent Drive

Philadelphia, PA 19147

www.libertyproperty.com

 

MARY BERT GUTMAN EARLY LEARNING CENTER

7500 West Avenue

Melrose Park, PA 19027

www.felskids.org/center/gutman

 

MURAL ARTS PROGRAM

1729 Mount Vernon Street

Philadelphia, PA 19130

www.muralarts.org

 

NATIONAL PENN BANK

1617 JFK Boulevard

Philadelphia, PA 19103

www.nationalpenn.com

 

NATIONAL PENN BANK

2040 Market Street

Philadelphia, PA 19103

www.nationalpenn.com

NATIONAL PENN BANK

4625 Frankford Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19124

www.nationalpenn.com

 

NATIONAL PENN BANK

9 West Evergreen Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19118

www.nationalpenn.com

 

NATIONAL PENN BANK

6633 Roosevelt Boulevard

Philadelphia, PA 19149

www.nationalpenn.com

 

NATIONAL PENN BANK

304 South Henderson Road

King of Prussia, PA 19406

www.nationalpenn.com

 

NATIONAL PENN BANK

12051 Knights Road

Philadelphia, PA 19154

www.nationalpenn.com

 

NATIONAL PENN BANK

136 West Girard Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19123

www.nationalpenn.com

 

NATIONAL PENN BANK

451 West Johnson Highway

East Norriton, PA 19401

www.nationalpenn.com

 

NORTHEAST TREATMENT CENTERS

2701 North Broad Street

Philadelphia, PA 19132

www.netcenters.org

 

NORTHEAST TREATMENT CENTERS - CUA 7

3313 Ridge Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19121

www.netcenters.org

 

NORTHEAST TREATMENT CENTERS - CUA 1

4404 North 5th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19140

www.netcenters.org

 

PLANNED PARENTHOOD

1144 Locust Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106

www.plannedparenthood.org

 

ROYAL BANK AMERICA

231 St. Asaph’s Road

One Bala Plaza Suite 522

Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

www.royalbankamerica.com

 

ROYAL BANK AMERICA

732 Montgomery Avenue

Narberth, PA 19072

www.royalbankamerica.com

 

ROYAL BANK AMERICA

1651 Blackwood Clementon Road

Blackwood, NJ 08012

www.royalbankamerica.com

 

ROYAL BANK AMERICA

105 W. Fourth Street

Bridgeport, PA 19405

www.royalpennbank.com

 

ROYAL BANK AMERICA

655 W. DeKalb Pike

King of Prussia, PA 19406

www.royalbankamerica.com

 

ROYAL BANK AMERICA

1230 Walnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19107

www.royalbankamerica.com

 

ROYAL BANK AMERICA

1650 Grant Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19115

www.royalbankamerica.com

 

ROYAL BANK AMERICA

180 W Girard Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19115

www.royalbankamerica.com

 

ROYAL BANK AMERICA

6331 Castor Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19149

www.royalbankamerica.com

 

ROYAL BANK AMERICA

124 Main Street

Phoenixville, PA 19460

www.royalbankamerica.com

 

ROYAL BANK AMERICA

516 E. Lancaster Avenue

Shillington, PA 19607

www.royalbankamerica.com

ROYAL BANK AMERICA

2603 Egypt Road

Trooper, PA 19403

www.royalbankamerica.com

 

ROYAL BANK AMERICA

795 E Lancaster Avenue

Villanova, PA 19085

www.royalbankamerica.com

 

ROYAL BANK AMERICA

155 York Road

Willow Grove, PA 19090

www.royalbankamerica.com

 

TABOR NORTHERN – CUA 6

57 East Armat Street

Philadelphia, PA 19144

www.tabornorthern.org

 

TEMPLE UNIVERSITY

Ritter Annex, 4th Floor

13th & Cecil B. Moore

Philadelphia, PA 19122

www.temple.edu

 

THE MONKEY AND THE ELEPHANT

2831 West Girard Avenue

Philadelphia, PA 19130

www.themonkeyandtheelephant.org

 

Tompkins VIST Bank

1380 Skippack Pike

Centre Square, PA 19422

www.vistbank.com

 

Tompkins VIST Bank

221 West Ridge Pike

Conshohocken, PA 19428

www.vistbank.com

 

Tompkins VIST Bank

1767 Sentry Parkway West

Blue Bell, PA 19422

www.vistbank.com

 

Tompkins VIST Bank

1232 Egypt Road

Oaks, PA 19456

www.vistbank.com

 

TRINSEO

1000 Chesterbrook Boulevard

Berwyn, PA 19312

www.trinseo.com

 

TURNING POINTS FOR CHILDREN - CUA 3

4329 Griscom Street

Philadelphia, PA 19124

www.turningpointsforchildren.org

 

TURNING POINTS FOR CHILDREN - CUA 9

412 South 15th Street

Philadelphia, PA 19146

www.turningpointsforchildren.org

 

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA ADMISSIONS

1 College Hall

Philadelphia, PA 19104

www.upenn.edu

 

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

GRADUATE SCHOOL OF EDUCATION

3700 Walnut Street

Philadelphia, PA 19104

www.upenn.edu

 

UNIVERSITY OF PENNSYLVANIA

SCHOOL OF SOCIAL POLICY & PRACTICE

3701 Locust Walk - Caster Building

Philadelphia, PA 19104

www.upenn.edu

 

WELLS FARGO

5th & Market Street

Philadelphia, PA 19106

www.wellsfargo.com

 

WIP/WOGL/WPHT

400 Market Street, 10th Floor

Philadelphia, PA 19106

www.cbsradio.com

 

WORDSWORTH – CUA 5 & CUA 10

3905 Ford Road

Philadelphia, PA 19131

www.wordsworth.org

 

WXTU/AMP RADIO

555 City Avenue, Suite 330

Bala Cynwyd, PA 19004

www.cbsradio.com


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