We’ve Got Your Back(pack)
The start of any school year isn’t complete without the confidence of knowing you’re prepared. And what better way to tackle the year ahead with a backpack full of the necessary supplies.
This summer Sutter employees, led by the External Affairs team, collaborated with Volunteers of America to support Operation Backpack, an initiative that provides backpacks and school supplies to low-income students. Sutter staff purchased school supplies – including new backpacks – and volunteered their time to fill more than 2,000 backpacks with the necessities that every school child needs to succeed.
“We know that having the right supplies to start the school year off right gives children confidence to succeed in school,” said Melanie Rivera, external affairs associate, Sutter Health Valley Area. “Together, we are helping children learn and thrive in school, stay in school and build a bright future.”
Sutter employees, staff and volunteers also gave early $3,000 in monetary donations to the organizations that distribute the backpacks to families across the communities we serve. Organizations like the Samaritan House which serves San Mateo County, Family Giving Tree which serves Alameda and Santa Clara counties, Elk Grove Unified and San Juan Unified in Sacramento County, Nexus Youth and Family Services which serves Amador County, and Saving Our Kids Resource Center which serves Placer County.
“The backpacks from Sutter’s Mills-Peninsula Medical Center fulfill all the requests we have from families in San Mateo and Redwood City,” said Jenny Saba, associate director of Volunteers and Engagement at Samaritan House. “Thank you so much!”
This is the eighth year that Sutter Health has participated in Operation Backpack, donating backpacks and supplies to kindergartners through 12th graders.