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stuff-the-busStuff the Bus!

Friends at United Way

Every year, Santa Cruz County Office of Education and United Way team up to host Stuff The Bus to gather essential backpacks and school supplies to help prepare youth for the new school year. We provide these backpacks and supplies to youth currently experiencing homelessness and/or other hardships.

In 2020, Stuff The Bus provided the necessary school supplies to support distance learning during the COVID-19 pandemic. You helped us provide over 2,000 backpacks filled with tools to encourage mindfulness and well-being during the pandemic…THANK YOU! 

Data from the County Office of Education states that there are 4,749 youth who are currently experiencing homelessness or extreme hardship in Santa Cruz County.

With your help, we are aiming to donate 3,000 backpacks with new school supplies to Santa Cruz County youth who need them. Your donation will send youth back to school fully equipped and on the pathway to success.

3 Ways to Get Involved

  1. Donate – Each $25 donation provides a student with an essential backpack filled with grade-appropriate school supplies. Click the “Donate” button below to make your donation today.
  2. Get Your Workplace Involved – Encourage your workplace to sponsor Stuff The Bus or create a virtual Stuff The Bus giving campaign! You can have a customized Stuff The Bus online giving page for your workplace from July 1st – August 1st. Please contact our Community Engagement Manager and we will get you started with marketing materials.
  3. Create Your Own Fundraiser – Customize your Stuff The Bus fundraising campaign page that inspires others to uplift local students by donating a backpack filled with school supplies. Simply click the “Start Your Own Campaign” button below, share why Stuff The Bus matters to you, create a goal, upload an image, and share.

Download The School Supply List – Send students back to school ready to learn with a NEW, filled backpack. Click the “Supply List” to view the school supply list and Stuff The Bus drop-off locations.

Annual Stuff-A-Thon – This year, the Santa Cruz County Office of Education and United Way will partner up to host the annual Stuff-A-Thon event at the Kaiser Permanente Area on August 7th, 2021!

Click Here to stay up to date with Stuff The Bus and get notified when the sign-up volunteer form is available.

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