The AAA is excited to partner with Volunteers of America of Illinois for the Service Project at the 2015 Annual Meeting!

What is the Service Project?
The AAA Service Project began at the 2011 Annual Meeting in Denver, Colorado with a donation of more than 500 backpacks to the Denver School System.

Each year since, as part of our Annual Meeting, we partner with a nonprofit organization in the city where the meeting is held. Thanks to the generosity of our members, we have been able to donate more than 500 backpacks each year filled with school supplies for children who may not otherwise have supplies for school.

As the largest community of accountants in academia, we are delighted and proud to be able to make a difference in the lives of so many children by providing them with basic school supplies and the opportunity for educational success in the new school year.

This year we are excited to partner with Volunteers of America of Illinois (VOAIL) at the Annual Meeting in Chicago. VOAIL has been meeting the critical needs of children and families since 1896. Each year, VOAIL serves children, families, and veterans through a broad continuum of child welfare services including foster care, family reunification, adoption, and two housing campuses designed specifically for veterans and their children. Through Operation Backpack, VOAIL distributes new backpacks filled with school supplies to children in two Chicago Public Schools in low income neighborhoods, children of the veterans they serve, and approximately 175 children in VOAIL’s foster care program. To learn more about Volunteers of America of Illinois, please visit


How can I get involved?
Buy a Backpack: For a donation of just $35, you can purchase a backpack filled with school supplies for Grades 4-6 and help prepare a child for his or her first day of school. Donations can be made on your Annual Meeting registration form or onsite at the Service Project Donation Station at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

Donate Supplies: If you prefer to donate supplies, a number of school supplies are needed, including notebook paper, folders, pens, and pencils. You can purchase your own supplies and drop them off at the Service Project Donation Station at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. 

2015 Service Project School Supply List 
Grades 4 - 6

Pencil-top erasers
Pencil sharpeners
Pocket folders
Spiral notebooks
Washable markers
Glue sticks
Colored pencils
Loose-leaf notebook paper (wide-ruled)

Volunteer Time: If you would like to help stuff the backpacks with supplies, we invite you to stop by the Service Project assembly area at the Hyatt Regency Chicago on Monday, Tuesday, or Wednesday.

Questions about Service Project? Contact Barbara Gutierrez at

Together, let’s help make a difference in the lives of 
children in the Chicago area.

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