Stuff the Bus!

Stuff the Bus Gets Kids Ready to Learn!


What is Stuff the Bus?

Stuff the Bus is an initiative of United Way Monterey County focused on helping send vulnerable students around Monterey County back to school ready to learn. Vulnerable students include homeless and foster youth who frequently underperform in school due to the stress of unstable households. In 2015, there were over 7,170 students living in homeless or near homeless conditions. Stuff the Bus collects donated school supplies to help those students go to school with increased confidence and with the supplies needed to perform successfully in the classroom.


How Does It Work?

Backpacks are distributed to students through the Homeless Liaison for each district in partnership with the Monterey County Office of Education.  Liaisons ensure that the backpacks go to the children with the most need. 


How Can You Help?

United Way Monterey County invites you to be a part of the event! You have three ways you can get involved:

1. Become a Sponsor! Sponsors can choose to host 1 or more buses! These buses serve as collection points for people in the community to donate school supplies. Deadline for sponsorships is June 17, 2015.

2. Donate! Donations are great because they help UWMC purchase additional backpacks and supplies, so that we can serve more children! Our program kicks off on June 24, check below for a list of locations where you can drop off your donation of school supplies.

->Click here for our current list of bus locations where you can drop off supplies!

->Click here for the current shopping list that you can reference when donating!

NEWS FLASH!! No time to shop? You can now donate right from your cell phone: Text STB15 to 71777 to donate today!

3. Volunteer! Volunteers are so important to this cause! We need you to join us in organizing and distributing the finished backpacks! Corporate groups are welcome to join. Volunteers can sign up using our webform. Click this link to sign up!

Please contact Rohan Ramnathkar to find out about sponsorships and donations

If you would like to learn more about volunteering, please contact Aranyani Azevedo.

Check out our photos  and videos for Stuff the Bus! 2014 Kickoff as well as our Facebook and our sponsors below                      


2015 Stuff the Bus Sponsors 2015 In-Kind Support
  • Blach Construction
  • Bianchi, Kasavan & Pope
  • K to College
  • First 5 Monterey County
  • Golden 1 Credit Union
  • First Capital Bank
  • Rabobank
  • Fidelity Investments
  • Wells Fargo Bank
  • Pierson & Associates
  • Central Coast Federal Credit Union
  • Buffalo Wild Wings
  • Cabot Creamery
  • SaveMart
  • Pepsi Co.
  • Monterey County Office of Education
  • K to College
  • Myo Yogurt

Make sure your child goes back to school ready to learn

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