The YWCA Northeastern Massachusetts – A Voice for Women & Girls

Backpack Project

Borislow, Sarah, Michelle, Shana w Yesenia, kids, waving For Summer/Fall

We accept backpacks all year round, especially in the months of July and August to prepare our children for school in the fall. This program serves over 320 school-age children between the ages of 5 and 16 in the Lawrence and Haverhill communities.  Most are from low-income families, where the cost of backpacks and school supplies is truly a hardship.

If interested in helping our children prepare themselves for the next school year, here is what you can do to help.

Ideas for what you can fill the backpack with:

  • One ruler
  • 1 small pack of #2 Pencils
  • 3, 1-subject Spiral notebooks
  • 3 Double-pocket folders [any color]
  • 1 small pack Pens
  • 1 small pack of #2 Pencils
  • Colored Markers
  • Colored pencils
  • Pencil Case
  • Sharpener
  • Glue Stick

TMC, Melanie, Eden and Calib, Aug 2015

Call 978-687-0331 or email to schedule your drop off.


You must email or call first to arrange a drop off date & time so that we can pro-act and have staff available to help with the unloading!!  We offer a date range, though will work with you to set up a specific day/time during this range for your group – and we’d like to take a photo, too!  Please note that if you do not call and just drop off, you should be prepared to do the unloading, and no photos will be taken.

YWCA Northeastern MassachusettsFrom Borislow, Aug 2012
38 Lawrence Street
Lawrence, MA  01840

Questions or to Set Up Your Drop Off Day/Time,
Contact Jeanne Osborn.

Thank you for your help in this important project!



Nuance, Dianne with kids, unloading