“Stuff the Bus” Campaign is Fired up and Ready to Roll

Providing Free Backpacks Filled with School Supplies to Students for the 2014 School Year 
United Way of Greater Union County Partners Aim to Exceed Last Year’s Campaign

Local companies and their employees are invited to #StuffTheBus and donate school supplies and back packs for Union County children in need. Pictured here, during the 2013 drive, Enterprise employees got creative and designed their own school bus box to encourage its employees to donate and drop-in school supplies.

Union County, North Plainfield, and South Plainfield, NJ – Large boxes, marked with the United Way of Greater Union County (UWGUC) poster, have been assembled and are ready to be delivered – officially kicking off the 2014 “Stuff the Bus” school supply campaign. With the overwhelming success of last year’s campaign, which saw 500 backpacks filled with school supplies and distributed to students from pre-kindergarten to 12th graders, this year is expected to raise the bar on the number of backpacks filled.  

According to James W. Horne, Jr., President/CEO, United Way of Greater Union County, “this year’s goal is to fill 600 backpacks.  And in the spirit of community the excitement is brewing as corporations are gearing up to meet that goal.”  

Employees at various locations throughout Union County are encouraged to donate notebooks, markers, crayons, glue, and pencils, along with other items for the “Ready-to-Learn” backpack campaign that runs until August 8th.

Many of UWGUC corporate partners and contributors have already started placing the boxes in highly visible areas in their business locations, lobbies and offices, spearheading their employees to give back to the community where they work. The companies contributing to this year’s campaign are: Cranford Public Library, C.R. Bard, Insurance Auto Auction, Inc., NuStar Energy, Provident Bank, Roselle Savings Bank and Santander Bank.  Also, United Way of Greater Union County will run its own #StuffTheBus campaign with its employees, Board of Trustees and volunteers. 
The mission of the program, according to James W. Horne, is to help low-income families meet the educational needs of their children by easing some of the pressure they feel in preparing for the upcoming school year.  The “Stuff the Bus” campaign is a fun and creative way to get the community involved in the lives of youth and their families in need. 

It also is an important part of the mission of UWGUC: To ensure the health and human services needs of the community are identified and addressed in ways that create a better quality of life for residents of Union County, North Plainfield and South Plainfield. UWGUC is dedicated to family strengthening – ensuring that everyone in Greater Union County has the necessary opportunities, relationships and networks to support the success of their family.