Backpacks for Kids in Care: Fostering the Future


The Backpacks for Kids in Care program

was started in 2010 as concerted effort

for a Leadership Cortland Project. Since

then, it has a grown into an annual SVHC

event, collecting over 275 backpacks

filled with personal items for children

transitioning from their homes to the

foster care system.



For many children, this transition can be an unexpected and traumatic experience, and often these children are unable to collect any personal items before being placed in the system. The backpacks collected through this program give children in foster care something special and personal to call their own.

backpacks project

We will accept backpacks at any time of the year. Monetary donations are also accepted and will be used to sustain the program. We look forward to continued community support as we work to “foster the future.”


For more information on the Backpacks for Kids in Care program, call Seven Valleys Health Coalition at (607) 756-4198.

SVHC is proud to be a United Way agency

Contact us


10 Kennedy Parkway

Cortland, NY 13045    


ofc: (607) 756-4198           

fax: (607) 344-0048

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SVHC is proud to be a United Way Agency

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