Stuff The Bus Campaign Exceeds Goal and Provides School Supplies and Back Packs for Over 900 Children!

United Way of Greater Union County (UWGUC) has completed a very successful 2015 Stuff the Bus Campaign exceeding its goal of 700 and obtaining over 900 back packs full of school supplies.

The Stuff the Bus campaign is designed to provide children, from low-income families, with school supplies for the school year.  Last year, United Way was able to provide new school supplies to over 600 children residing in Union County, North Plainfield and South Plainfield.
“This initiative also gives the community at large the opportunity to help carry out our commitment to change the odds for children and families, while easing some of the pressures families feel in preparing for the upcoming school year,” states James W. Horne, Jr., President/CEO, UWGUC.

Employees from companies, at various locations throughout Union County, donate backpacks, notebooks, markers, crayons, glue, and pencils, along with other items for the “Ready-to-Learn” backpack campaign. 

New this year, UWGUC hosted a volunteer day where participants helped stuff back packs. The following day, volunteers boarded a school bus, donated by Villani Bus Company in Linden, NJ, and distributed the back packs to the children.

Last year, seven (7) organizations received ready-to-learn back packs and school supplies on behalf of the families they serve.  Outstandingly, this year’s campaign benefitted fifteen (15) non-profit organizations in UWGUC’s successful efforts to increase services to Union County families in need. 

This year’s organizations included  Communities in Cooperation (CIC), Community Access Unlimited, Embassy Deliverance, Fisher Hospitality Program, Hillside Family Success Center (HFSC), Jefferson Park Family Success Center (JPFSC), JFK Community Center, Kings Daughter Day Care, Linden Family CDC, Metropolitan Seven Day Adventist Church in Plainfield, Morning Star Christian Community Center, Neighborhood House, Plainfield Board of Education-Family Success Center, Proceed, and Union Township Community Action Organization.

The Board and staff at UWGUC would like to thank all of those who participated in this year’s campaign including Assemblyman Holley, Assemblywoman Annette Quijano, Cintas, Comcast, Cranford Community Council, CR Bard, Delta Zeta Chapter of Delta Sigma Theta Sorority Inc., Eaton, FedEx Ground, Genewiz LLC, Insurance Auto Auctions, Linde North America, Lois Schneider Realtor, Macy's in South Plainfield, Neiman Marcus, NuStar Energy, Provident Bank, RayZo Inc., Roselle Savings Bank, Santander Bank, Senator Raymond Lesniak, SuperKids Childcare and Learning Center, LLC The House LLC, Villani Bus Company, Youth and Family Counseling Services, and First United Methodist Church.