About Us


THE UU HOMELESS TEEN BACKPACK PROJECT was started in February of 2011 by a group of volunteers from the Unitarian Universalist Fellowship in Grants Pass, OR. The backpacks are filled with essentials three times a year now, and given to 16 schools and 2 agencies in Josephine and Jackson Counties. Family advocates and counselors distribute them to kids in need.

Between Feb. 2011 and December 2017 the Project gave out over 550 filled packs at a rough cost of $90 each. The packs include a warm blanket, socks, hygiene items, first aid kits, sewing kits, a bowl, spoon and fork, flashlight, water bottle, basic school supplies, a rain poncho and a few items for fun and creativity.

OUR GOAL is to provide these teens with basic necessities to help protect them from the elements, meet their basic hygiene needs, and simply to help bolster their self esteem. Sturdy backpacks allow them to carry their belongings with them at all times, and lessens the risk of having donated items lost or stolen. While we recognize that backpacks are not a solution to homelessness, they can provide short-term care and comfort, a sense of dignity, and help a teen to continue with school or work.  Each pack includes a card wishing them well and signed by all the packers.

YOU CAN SPONSOR A BACKPACK and a few extra consumable items like toothpaste, shampoo, socks and deodorant for a school by clicking the DONATE button and giving $100 through Paypal or your credit card, or mail a check to us at Unitarian Universalists,  Backpack Project,  PO Box 1602, Grants Pass, OR 97528.

Or set up a Recurring Monthly Donation in any amount you choose. 100% of your donation will be used to purchase supplies for the teens.  We are grateful for your help in supporting this vulnerable community of young people.

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