Backpack Drive


Fully-supplied backpacks help children start school ready to learn

Since the annual High Water Women Backpack Drive began in 2005, over 137,300 children in need have been able to start the school year with new backpacks ready to learn!
Thanks to the amazing support of over 1,500 donors and volunteers, in 2018 HWW provided 12,800 school backpacks stuffed with age-appropriate school supplies to children in need in the New York City / Connecticut / New Jersey areas.
Our 2019 goal is to provide at least 20,000 backpacks to low-income children!


Total children benefited
since 2005


Donors and volunteers
in 2018


Fully-supplied backpacks
in 2018


Goal for Backpack Drive
in 2019

Backpack Drive
Help us meet our goal of 20,000 backpacks in 2019 by joining our team of sponsors and volunteers
Backpack Drive
"One of the young girls put it on immediately upon receiving it and wouldn't take it off or let it touch the ground..."


There are several different ways to get involved

Consider which of the following would work best for your company:
  • Make a corporate donation, through a Company Foundation, Community Affairs or Corporate Social Responsibility Department, to fund backpacks for children in need
  • Your employees can run a fundraiser directly making contributions – many companies will then match!
  • Make a corporate donation and send company volunteers to assemble backpacks at the HWW Summer Assembly events in NYC and CT
  • Sponsor a backpack drive, fundraising and assembly for one of HWW's Charitable Partners
  • Have your Summer Interns manage a backpack fundraising and assembly as a team-building project
  • Send your company volunteers, often members of a corporate Affinity Group, to HWW Summer Assembly events following up with a Volunteer Grant to HWW based on the number of company participants and hours

To become a corporate partner or organize a Backpack Drive at your company please email Elanor Brand or call +1 504 321 4203.



HWW would like to thank our top donors of 2018

Including Thomson Reuters for featuring the HWW Backpack Drive as the charitable partner of their 2018 Lipper Awards dinner held in NYC.
  • Allianz Global Investors
  • AXA
  • Barclays Bank
  • Brown Advisory
  • Corbin Capital Partners
  • Credit Suisse
  • Hunt Lane Capital
  • Institutional Investor
  • Jenner & Block
  • Jennison
  • Kingdon Capital
  • KPMG
  • Mercer (CT) Meredith Inc.
  • MetLife
  • Morgan Stanley
  • One William Street
  • Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe
  • Pershing Square Capital
  • Prudential Financial
  • Reed Smith
  • The Better Collection
  • Third Avenue Funds
  • Westwood Partners


A HWW Backpack Drive short film

A short film featuring children from program partners Women in Need and Good Shepherd Services.


Who receives HWW backpacks

HWW works with many schools and nonprofits to reach children in need of backpacks in all 5 NYC Boroughs plus NJ, CT and Boston. Our Charitable Partners for 2018 included:
Backpack Drive
Call today for more information on the many different ways you can get involved and help: +1 504 321-4203


Children grades kindergarten through high school receive backpacks

Backpacks include grade appropriate supplies including:
  • notebooks
  • folders
  • loose leaf paper
  • markers
  • pens
  • pencils
  • pencil cases
  • protractors
  • calculators
  • graph paper
  • staplers
  • dictionaries
  • scissors
  • erasers
  • crayons
  • rulers
Backpack Drive
Volunteer now to help stuff backpacks with supplies children can use to start the school year ready to learn