Volunteers of America

Dylen Adjoyi, 12, looks through the stocked backpack he received through Operation Backpack. (Credit: CBS 2)

Volunteers Provide Stocked Backpacks To Thousands Of Students In Need

As parents began their back-to-school shopping, countless families were in need of donations as they lacked the money to buy school supplies.

08/14/2014

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Stories From Main Street: Volunteers Of America Helps Homeless Kids Get Ready For School With Operation Backpack

Volunteers of America is trying to get thousands of children living in homeless shelters across New York City ready for school with Operation Backpack.

08/11/2014

Sidewalk Santas (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

Volunteers Of America Retires Sidewalk Santa Parade After More Than 100 Years

Since 1902, the Santas have marched up Fifth Avenue to raise money for Volunteers of America’s Hope & Hearth food voucher program.

11/25/2013

Sidewalk Santas (credit: Monica Miller/WCBS 880)

50 Santas Stroll Through Midtown Manhattan In 110th Annual Parade

It’s another post-Thanksgiving tradition: a huge serving of ho-ho-ho along Fifth Avenue in Manhattan.

11/23/2012

Stack of Backpacks Put Together By Operation Backpack Volunteers (credit: CBS 2)

Volunteers Ready Thousands Of Backpacks Loaded With School Supplies For City Students

Hundreds of volunteers have been busy putting together thousands of packs, which will be handed out to kids living in homeless or domestic violence shelters throughout the five boroughs.

08/15/2012

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Volunteers Of America Holding Sidewalk Santa Campaign

The man in the red and white suit is used to giving the presents, but if you see Santa on the street next to a chimney, he needs you to give to him.

12/10/2011

2010 Sidewalk Santa Parade

Dozens Of Santas March In Annual Sidewalk Santa Parade

Dozens of Jolly Saint Nicks marched along Fifth Avenue on Friday in the annual Sidewalk Santa Parade.

11/25/2011

Operation Backpack (credit: CBS 2)

Volunteers Of America Helps Homeless Children Get School Supplies, Backpacks

As school comes to end for the summer, many are not even thinking about next school year. But there is an organization in the city that is and with good reason.

06/26/2011

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Annual Sidewalk Santa Parade Kicks Off Christmas Season

Friday morning, fifty of Santa’s helpers marched across 48th Street, up to Fifth Ave and to 59th Street – ringing bells to raise money to feed the needy.

11/26/2010

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Volunteers Of America Director Speaks Of Sidewalk Santas

CBS 2’s Cindy Hsu sat down in studio with Volunteers of America New York City director Rachel Weinstein about the Sidewalk Santa program.

11/21/2010

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Non-Profit Set To Graduate Santas For Holiday Season

Sidewalk Santas started training this week and the folks who don the red and white suits are learning how to suit up, stuff their bellies, get those beards on straight and give a great “Ho, ho, ho!”

11/18/2010