High Water Women Backpack Drive 2017

Backpacks Help Children Start School Ready To Learn

PLEASE consider the High Water Women Backpack Drive when planning and budgeting for employee volunteerism and community engagement in 2017. Since the annual High Water Women (HWW) Backpack Drive began in 2005 over 108,000 children in need have been able to start the school year with new backpacks ready to learn!

Thanks to the amazing support of over 4,000 donors and volunteers, in 2016 High Water Women provided 22,000 school backpacks stuffed with age-appropriate school supplies to children in need in the NYC/CT/NJ areas. Our goal for 2017 is to provide 25,000 backpacks! Helping assemble and distribute backpacks is a great way for company employees to participate in helping your community. We would be grateful to receive your funding and volunteer support in 2017.

    There are several different ways for your company to get involved. Consider which of the following would work best for you:
  • Make a corporate donation, through a Company Foundation, Community Affairs or Corporate Social Responsibility Department, to fund backpacks for children in need. Also, 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 fundraise and assembly as a team-building project.
  • Send 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.

Download out Corporate Brochure

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More than 4000 donors and volunteers participated in the 2016 Backpack Drive, which took place at more than twenty assembly/distribution locations in New York and Connecticut in July and August. Many financial services and other companies supported the drive and participated in backpack assemblies.

HWW would like to thank our top donors of 2016 including Institutional Investor and Pageant Media for featuring the High Water Women Backpack Drive as the charitable partner of their 2016 financial industry awards dinners held in NYC.

Albourne | Allianz Global Investors | Barclays Bank | BNY Mellon | Brooklyn Sports & Entertainment (Barclays Center) | Brown Advisory | Cambridge Associates | ClearBridge Investments | Corbin Capital Partners | Crowe Horwath | Deutsche Bank | Elliott Management | Forrester Capital (Fairfield County Community Foundation) | Garcia Hamilton | Grey Advertising | Harbor Funds |Hunt Lane Capital | Imagineer Technology Group | Institutional Investor | Jennison Associates | JP Morgan Chase | Kingdon Capital | KPMG | Marilyn Violet Foundation | Marshall Wace | Mercer (NY & CT Offices) | MetLife | Morgan Stanley | One William Street | Orrick Herrington & Sutcliffe | PineBridge Investments | Pershing Square Capital | Profunds Distributors | Prudential Financial | Putnam Investments | Reed Smith | Sachem Head |Stone Harbor | Time Inc. | Tudor Investments | William Blair & Company Foundation


HWW Backpack DriveWatch our short film about the Backpack Drive featuring children from program partners Women in Need and Good Shepherd Services. Watch the video now.



Who Receives HWW Backpacks

High Water Women 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 2016 included:

4 Kids in Need Foundation

Friends of the Children

New Alternatives for Children



Newark Church Backpack Drive

Boys & Girls Clubs Greenwich & Stamford

Go Project

Partnership with Children

Broome Street Academy



Cambridge Family & Children Services

High School of Art and Design

Public Prep

Carver Center of Portchester


PT Barnum Community of Bridgeport

The Child Center of New York

Hunts Point Alliance for Children

Sheltering Arms

Children's Learning Center


Southport Congregation

Domus Kids

Inwood House

South End Community of Stamford


Interfaith Food Pantry

Storefront Academy

Emmanuel Worship Center

Iris House

Tabernacle of Prayer

Evangelical Temple

Jewish Childcare (JCCA)

TEAK Fellowship

ExpandedED Schools

JubileeCenter of Hoboken

Women in Need (WIN)

Family & Children's Agency

Manhattan Christian Academy

Women's Prison Association


Marble Collegiate

Young Women's Leadership Network



Children grades kindergarten through high school receive backpacks and supplies appropriate for grade level.

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.