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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Homeless & Housing, Homeless Centers, Military & Veterans Organizations, Veterans

Mission: Backpacks for Life is a 501(c)3 nonprofit that aims to provide homeless veterans with life essentials that they cannot provide for themselves. With each backpack, we hope to not only provide homeless veterans with the things they need for daily living but also give them hope and resources for the future.

Results: To date, we have handed out over 1,200 backpacks to homeless veterans in need by attending Stand Down events and visiting local homeless shelters where we get to know veterans and give them the support they need. We've also been contacted by homeless veterans individually when they are in need of help and we send them a backpack full of resources.

Target demographics: homeless veterans get back on their feet

Direct beneficiaries per year: 1,200 homeless veterans

Geographic areas served: the tri-state area

Programs: backpacks, full of daily essentials such as toiletries, clothing and resources for where to find organizations that can help them out

Community Stories

23 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Donor

Rating: 5

They make sure veterans are directly affected by their efforts. Founders, board and employees keep no profit, use resources responsibly.

mattbnb

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

my business partner and i had the privilege of meeting with Brett and Alexa a few days back... a-maz-ing. Brett is a visionary (and possibly a genius) with a genuine heart for veterans and for his country. Alexa is fierce, supportive, and really seems to understand the business and technical side of Backpacks for Life. i'm immensely impressed with this dynamic duo and the genuine passion that fuels and informs what they are doing. there are no word... no word strong enough to express how highly i would recommend Backpacks for Life to anyone truly interested in making a substantial and positive difference in the life of a veteran. i can't wait to see what this team is able to accomplish. the sky is the limit.

Donor

Rating: 5

The couple that ran the fundraiser I attended was very friendly and professional. They did a great job! Maybe be more aggressive with raffles, but that comes with practice.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Attended a paintmixnj event to benefit Backpacks for Life. Impressed with the founders passion to help our vets. Wonderful cause!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Backpack for life is an amazing organization. It's led by very passionate people who truly believe in what they are doing which makes their efforts bar none. I believe they will succeed in their continued efforts to help veterans because of their continued acts of kindness.

Donor

Rating: 5

The organization is very well-run. The founders hav done a great job bringing awareness to homeless veterans. They have very engaging events that appeal to a large audience.

Donor

Rating: 5

It was a very fun activity and at the same time we were helping out troops!

Donor

Rating: 5

They are promoting for a good cause and have a great explanation of what their proceeds go to

Volunteer

Rating: 5

Sgt. Brett D'Alessandro and Alexa show their passion of giving back to the Veterans through example. I have seen their interaction with the Veterans when giving out the backpacks. They take the time to listen to each individual and hear their story. They go to speak at various organizations and are working at improving and fine tuning Backpacks for Life almost daily. I am truly impressed and taken back at what they do. Sgt. D'Alessandro said " he wont be satisfied until the day comes when there will not be a need for organizations like Backpacks for Life because when that day comes all Veterans needs will have then been taken care of". Please support this wonderful non profit

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

A truly passionate man who created an amazing organization to serve those who have served our country.