Give Students in Need the Tools to Succeed!
What is Stuff the Bus?
Stuff the Bus eases the financial burden on families with school-aged children who are homelessness or nearly homeless. Giving a student who is homeless a backpack with all the required supplies promotes learning, encourages self-esteem and helps kids stay in school. It’s more than a backpack. It’s the first step to prepare students for a fulfilling, successful future. . .
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You Can Set Children Up For Success
There are 7,129 students in Monterey County who are homeless. Join Stuff the Bus and help these kids start school equipped with the supplies they need to be ready to learn.
- Grab a shopping list and drop off supplies at one of our many donation sites. Last day to drop off supplies at a site is Wednesday, July 27th.
- Donate online - Let us shop for you! $20 buys a fully stocked backpack. July 20th is the last day to make an online donation.
- Volunteer at the 6th Annual Stuff the Bus kick off on June 21st at the Cabrillo Family Resource Center.
- Give your time to sort and stuff backpacks on August 4th, 5th and 6th in Salinas.
- Ask your friends to donate and/or volunteer.
Your donation PROMOTES LEARNING, ENCOURAGES SELF-ESTEEM AND KEEPS KIDS IN SCHOOL.
Backpacks will be distributed throughout the county by Homeless Liaisons in each school district in partnership with the Monterey County Office of Education.
Why is This Important?
The number of homeless students in Monterey County has increased each of the past five years. There is still much to be done so that every student has the required school supplies their families cannot afford. We look forward to continuing our efforts to serve families throughout the year with Pathways to Stability and other services that help families.
"My husband is the only one working and it's hard when we have to buy uniforms and school supplies for three kids at once."
“I got crayons, markers and color pencils and I get to carry them to school in my new backpack.”
Make sure your child goes back to school ready to learn
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