Help At-Risk and Homeless Children in Portland

by Global Backpack Project
Donations delivered to the Salvation Army
Donations delivered to the Salvation Army


School is back in full swing! This fall, thanks to our generous donors and supporters, we were able to donate more than 100 backpacks, notebooks, folders, crayons, markers, glue sticks, rulers, pens, pencils, scissors and erasers to children living in our communities. We partnered with Portland Homeless Family Solutions and the Vancouver Salvation Army Back to School event. These programs benefit children who are either homeless or live in low-income households. 

Last year, there were 48,459 children enrolled in the Portland School District with 45.7% elegible for free or reduced-priced meals. In the Vancouver Public School District, there were 23,399 students enrolled with 51.6% eligible for free or reduced-priced meals. The child poverty rate (children 0-17) in Multnomah county is 23%. The poverty rate in the Vancouver Public school district is more than 50%. A family of four with annual income of $24,250 or less is considered at poverty level. 

Many families continue to struggle on a daily basis. There is still much to be done. But every little bit helps. Thank you for making a difference, thank you for caring. 

With gratitude, 

The Global Backpack Project team 

Backpack donations!
Backpack donations!


School is out and summertime is well underway in the Pacific Northwest. For many kids, summer is a time to hang out with friends, explore, have adventures, be silly, and maybe try something new. The worries of school are put on hold for a little while... as kids take the time to be kids, organizations serving low-income families are working hard to provide needed services for children, youth and families during the summer months. At Global Backpack Project, we will be collecting and donating backpacks and school supplies to children. We want to ensure that as many kids as possible will start off the school year with the necessary school supplies for a successful year. 

We are sorting through many donations and will be delivering backpacks and school supplies to children and youths in Portland in August. We look forward to sharing pictures of deliveries with you and thank you for your support. You are making a difference in the life of a child and it really counts. 


The Global Backpack Project Team 


As we enter the second quarter of 2015, we are gathering backpacks and school supplies to replenish our inventory and ensure the girls and boys in our community have all the tools they need to finish out the school year. The day-to-day struggles of children and families continue, but in numbers there is strength, and we are truly grateful for your belief in the work we do.

Children First of Oregon released its 2015 report highlighting the well-being of kids including stats on child abuse and neglect, poverty, education and health & safety.  The report is grim, but we can help to make things better, each in our own way.

Some key findings from the report include: 

  • Child abuse and neglect in Oregon has declined by only 2% since 2003 – despite falling by 25% nationwide.
  • A child in Oregon has a 1 in 5 chance of being poor – even if one of her parents works.
  • The child poverty rate has increased 10% since the Great Recession ended – and 25% since it began.
  • Oregon Head Start is the state’s only public pre- Kindergarten program with just 28 programs in the state and room for only 12,360 kids – leaving 65% of eligible children without access.

Futhermore, according to the Oregon Department of Education, Oregon had 72 percent on-time graduation rate for the class of 2014, and is one of the lowest graduation rates in the country. On a positive note, Portland Public Schools which is the largest school district in all of Oregon, improved its graduation rate by 3.5 percentage points, from 66.9 percent for 2012-2013 to 70.4 percent for 2013-2014.  

This is the reality many children and families living in our community face each day. But with your continued support, we are able to say, "we care, we believe in you, you can succeed." 

With gratitude, 

The Global Backpack Project Team  

Greetings! And Happy New Year!

We are happy to report that in 2014, Global Backpack Project provided more than 600 girls and boys with backpacks and school supplies in the Portland area. That is 200 more than in 2013! And it was made possible by generous donors and supporters like you. It truly does take a village.

Although we are beginning the year anew, there continues to be a great need in our community. In Multnomah County, 28% of the population in poverty is children under age 18, and 23% of the county’s children under age 18 are in poverty. The decline in living-wage jobs, increasing economic inequality and the erosion of the social safety net are contributing factors in the increasing number of families in poverty. There are, however, many wonderful organizations that are working hard to assist families reach self-sufficiency. We are proud to partner with a number of these, including: Portland Homeless Family Solutions, Native American Youth and Family Center (NAYA), Neighborhood HouseSecond Step Housing, and New Avenues for Youth.

Your partnership is also helping us to make a tangible difference in the lives of hundreds of girls and boys by providing them with a backpack full of hope.  

We wish you much health, happiness and prosperity in the New Year. 

With gratitude, 

The Global Backpack Project Team 


Fall is here and school is in full swing. More than 48,000 students are enrolled in Portland's Public Schools; 4,200 of whom are kindergarteners, the class of 2027, the next generation. It's so important that these kids feel prepared as they began their educational journey. That's where we try and help. In Multnomah County, 23% of children under 18 live in poverty. Families and children face numerous hardships and lack many essentials. Providing a backpack with school supplies can be a bright light in what can sometimes be a dark place. With your generous support, we delivered more than 600 backpacks and school supplies to vulnerable and homeless children in our community this past September. With the help of our partners, Neighborhood House, Portland Family Homeless Solutions, New Avenues for Youth, and Second Step Housing, kids started the 2014-2015 school year equipped for a successul year. 

Here is what our partners and families had to say:

"[The backpacks] are amazing!! Thank you so much for bringing them by. Our youth are going to love them!" 

"Having a backpack and the correct school supplies are such an important part of the first day of school, and your donation helped start the children in our program off on the right foot."

"Thank you so much for all the help, you have no idea how this helps."

We provide backpacks and school supplies to children in need year-round. Thank you for helping us to make this possible. Thank you for making a difference in the life of a child. 

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Organization Information

Global Backpack Project

Location: Portland, OR - USA
Website: http:/​/​
Project Leader:
Emmanuelle Jarmon
Portland, OR United States