It’s already time for VIP’s 8th Annual Back to School Drive! For children in foster care and families struggling with overcoming violence in their homes, finding the resources to go back to school prepared to succeed can be overwhelming. This is why each August, the Violence Intervention Program (VIP) collaborates with partners, like you, to give our clients and their siblings brand new backpacks full of school essentials.

Because of generous partners like you, our annual Back to School Drive has become a popular event with our kids. Last year, with your donations we were able to give away over 700 backpacks! As our programs continue to grow and expand in the community, this year, our goal is to collect over 800 new backpacks full of school supplies to ensure our kids are ready for the first day of school. In order to reach our goal, we need your help!

Here are a couple of easy ways to get started:

  1. Go Shopping! Visit our Amazon Back to School Wish List.
  2. Organize a drive to collect backpacks and supplies with your business or community group and promote it using our flyer.
  3. Donate today and allow us to use your donation where it is needed most and purchase unfulfilled supplies. 

While our target donation deadline is July 28th, we will gladly accept any back to school donations through August 3rd. If you have any questions, want to schedule a donation pick-up or drop-off, or would like us to come and speak to a community or school group about our program, please contact us at (323) 221-4134 or email at

Please note, all donations can be delivered to:

VIP Back to School Drive
Violence Intervention Program (VIP)
1721 Griffin Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90031