Operation Back to School

About OBTS

Operation Back to School

For Our City Chandler is proud to present the biggest back-to-school collaborative donation drive for Chandler students in need. Chandler K-12 students can receive backpacks filled with school supplies, shoes, uniforms, socks and underwear (as they last) in addition to information on free after school programs, giveaways and prizes!


Event Information

Saturday, July 21, 2018

6:30 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Chandler High School, 350 N. Arizona Ave.


The biggest back-to-school donation drive for Chandler students is back again this year! Chandler K-12 students in need can receive backpacks/supplies, shoes, uniforms, socks and underwear (as they last) in addition to information on free after school programs, giveaways and prizes!

**Please use this checklist to ensure you are prepared:​

  • I will bring a previous report card or enrollment form to confirm attendance at Chandler schools OR I will bring a current utility bill to confirm Chandler residence.
  • My child/children will be present at event.
  • Parents/Guardians should bring some form of ID for themselves as well.

Online applications for free or reduced priced meals for the FY 18-19 school year will be available - with staff available to assist.

**If you do not bring these items with you, you will not be eligible to receive any of the supplies distributed at this event.

Informacion del Evento

Sábado 21 de julio de 2018
6:30 a.m. a 10:30 a.m.
Escuela Chandler High School, 350 N. Arizona Avenue 

¡Vuelve la campaña más grande de donaciones de regreso a la escuela para los estudiantes de Chandler! Los estudiantes necesitados de Kínder al 12º grado de Chandler podrán recibir mochilas/suministros, zapatos, uniformes, calcetines y ropa interior (hasta agotar existencias), además de información sobre programas GRATUITOS para después de la escuela, regalos, ¡y PREMIOS!

**Por favor use esta lista de verificación para asegurar que esté preparado/a para:

  • Yo llevaré una tarjeta previa de calificaciones o forma de inscripciones para confirmar la asistencia a la escuela en Chandler, O llevaré una factura actual de servicios públicos para confirmar la residencia en Chandler.
  • Mi/s hijo/s estará/n presente/s en el evento.
  • Los/las padres/madres/custodios también deben llevar alguna forma de identificación de sí mismos.

Las solicitudes en línea para los alimentos gratuitos o a precios reducidos para el año escolar fiscal 18-19 estarán disponibles con el personal disponible para ayudar.

**Si no trae estos artículos con usted, usted no sera elegible para recibir los materiales que seran distribuidos en este evento. 

OBTS Flyer (pdf)




Event Sponsors

Local businesses and organizations can get involved in this event by contributing funding at a number of different sponsorship levels. 100% of your sponsorship funding goes towards backpacks, supplies, shoes and uniforms for Chandler children. If you are interested in becoming an event sponsor, contact niki.tapia@chandleraz.gov.

Uniform Donations

The local LDS community organizes an annual drive to help provide students with a new uniform for their first day of school. Specific school needs are given -- to see those needs, click on a school below.

San Marcos Elementary

Frye Elementary

Shumway Elementary

Galveston Elementary

Bologna Elementary

Hartford Elementary

Backpacks and Supplies Collection

Donating a stuffed backpack is not the only way you can help--Operation Back to School collection sites will also collect any of the following items:

  • Shoes (any size or gender K-12)
  • Underwear (any size or gender K-12)
  • Empty New Backpacks
  • School Supplies for Chandler Unified School District's Federal Programs

 If you are interested in conducting a donation drive in your organization, please contact niki.tapia@chandleraz.gov to help coordinate the details!

There are more than 8,000 students in the Chandler Unified School District who attend Title 1 schools. Buying a backpack full of supplies can go a long way to help these students succeed.
Donate a backpack! It’s as easy as 1-2-3

  1. Buy a new backpack.
  2. Fill it with new supplies from the School Supply List (download below). 
  3. Drop the backpack off at one of our conveniently located collection sites. 

Online Donations

 Online donations are accepted through our partner organization and fiscal agent AZCEND (Formerly Chandler Christian Community Center). 

AZCEND is a 501(c)(3) non-profit corporation and gratefully accepts financial contributions, as well as, contributions of in-kind goods and services. To Donate click, "Donate Now", and in the Paypal description field, enter Operation Back to School".

Pay with PayPal or a debit/credit card

Thank You to our 2018 Sponsors!


Volunteer Opportunities

Inventory and Backpack Stuffing

June 27th and July 11th

In June/July volunteers are needed to help inventory existing supplies at our Back to School warehouse. Groups of approx. 20+ volunteers help get the area ready for stuffing and begin to pack the backpacks with donated supplies according to age level.

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Day Before Event

July 20th

This volunteer opportunity is not for the faint of heart. Heavy lifting and physical activity in the hot Arizona sun is the mission of the day. Thousands of backpacks and supplies are transferred from Chandler High's Auto Bay to the Chandler High event sites. We will set-up everything in anticipation of the event the next day. Supplies are unloaded, directional banners are secured, tables are set out and the following areas are set-up: backpacks by grade level, socks/underwear, uniforms, non-profit area, haircuts and shoes.


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Event Day

July 21st

150+ volunteers must register to help in the event day.  Volunteer opportunities include:  Line Monitors, Non-Profit Area, Registration, Distribution, Runners, Guides (Spanish is helpful), Event Clean-up & Misc. Duties. Volunteer job descriptions can be found on the sign up page. Click below for more details.

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