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!

2019 Kick-off & Sponsor Recognition Event

Join us on Thursday, April 18

At Tumbleweed Recreation Center from 6 to 8 p.m. as we officially kick-off the OBTS 2019 event season.

Meet all the community organizations involved and find out how you can participate this year!  

Event RSVPs

Please RSVP your attendance to priscilla.quintana@chandleraz.gov

2019 Event Information

Saturday, July 20, 2019

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 2019 -- próximamente

Sábado, 20 de julio de 2019
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. 



How can you participate in Operation Back to School Chandler this year?

Event Funding Sponsor


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 for Chandler children.

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 needs are given by school -- those needs will be linked soon!

Backpack and Supply Collection


Collection sites (open in May) for any of the following items: Shoes (any size or gender K-12), Underwear (any size or gender K-12), Empty New Backpacks or School Supplies.

Shoe Donations


Shoes (any size or gender for K-12 students are needed.  Collect shoes within your organization or drop them off at one of our donation sites (opening in May).

Stuff Backpacks We Provide You


We have empty backpacks (K to 2, 3 to 5 and Jr/High) that your organization can stuff. You can select as little as 10 backpacks OR as much as 100!!



Stylist are needed to cut boys and girls hair at this event. The event will be on a Saturday morning in July from 6:30 to 10:30 A.M.

If you are interested in any of the above opportunities

please contact niki.tapia@chandleraz.gov or priscilla.quintana@chandleraz.gov for more information.

Donate NOW Online!!!!

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.

Donate here

Thank You to our 2018 Sponsors!



Volunteer Opportunities - NOT CURRENTLY AVAILABLE

Inventory and Backpack Stuffing


June and July

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.

Day Before Event



This 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.


Event Day



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. Specific volunteer job descriptions will be listed on the sign-up link, when it is created.

Please check back in May 2019 for Volunteer Opportunities

We are currently in planning mode for the July 2019 event. Volunteer opportunities will be listed as they are confirmed.  Please follow us on Facebook at FOROURCITYCHANDLER for updated information on this event.  Thank you!!