Over the last few years, the Greene County community has faced numerous economic challenges… mines have closed, gas companies have come and gone, and now unemployment rates are higher than ever due to the pandemic. For 17 years, Stuff the Bus has been a way for our community to help our neighbors, making sure local children can and will be ready for the upcoming school year. One of the top requests from schools are supplies. In 2019, Stuff the Bus provided over 630 backpacks filled with everything a student would need to start the year.
But recently, our world has been turned upside. With businesses still closed or only having limited access to the public, several of our past collection sites are not able to participate. And the employees who used to give, well...many of them aren't working and could possibly be looking for help for their children this year. Even if kids aren't physically allowed to return to school, they will still need supplies for their in-home/digital learning. While the pandemic continues, we must be able to continue to support those families. And, with your support, we still can answer this growing need in Greene County.
The money raised will be used to buy backpacks and school supplies (including binders, crayons, glue sticks, markers, notebooks, pencils, pens, pocket folders, rulers, etc.) for families who are, at this time, finanically unable to give their children these needed supplies.
Greene County United Way has also created an Amazon Wishlist, if you would rather purchase supplies directly. You can view the list at https://www.amazon.com/hz/wishlist/ls/2O7UCP7JLDDTL?ref_=wl_share
Stuff the Bus began in 2002, as the Greene County United Way Board of Directors identified families who were struggling to purchase back-to-school supplies needed to start the year. GCUW reached out to local businesses, agencies, clubs, and churches asking them to conduct collections by their employees or members or act as public donation sites for the community. The Stuff the Bus campaign was a success right from the start. School supplies collected are distributed to students in Greene County school districts as well as Head Start and Intermediate Unit programs. Over the last 17 years, through generous donations of supplies, Greene County has helped low income families, who otherwise may not have been able to afford materials and go to school prepared to succeed.