Don’t be surprised if you find a miniature school bus parked in the lobby of your bank, credit union or insurance company this month. The busses will be there throughout July to collect donated school supplies during the fifth annual “Stuff the Bus” campaign.
“Stuff the Bus” aims to provide essential school supplies to students living in homeless or near-homeless situations. A shocking number of Monterey County students (7,170 in 2015) are considered homeless under Federal guidelines, living unsheltered, in a hotel/motel, temporary shelter, or doubled up in homes.
Having a backpack filled with pencils, pens, calculators, and notebooks allows a student to begin the school year with the tools for learning. It builds confidence and lays the foundation for success.
Community sponsors will display collection boxes and accept donations throughout the month of July. To find the nearest donation site, visit http://www.unitedwaymcca.org/stuff-bus.
This year, for the first time, you can also make donations from your cell phone: text STB15 to 71777 to donate.
The campaign is spearheaded by United Way Monterey County and the Monterey County Office of Education, in partnership with Bianchi, Kasavan & Pope, Blach Construction, Central Coast Federal Credit Union, Fidelity Investments, First 5 Monterey County, Golden 1 Credit Union, K to College, Pierson & Associates, Rabobank, and Wells Fargo Bank.