One of the best parts about getting ready for the new school year is picking out new school supplies, but some local families can’t afford these necessary materials.

A backpack filled with pencils, notebooks, and erasers are just ordinary school supplies to most kids, but to a child in need those few items can be treasured, helping to bridge the gap between fitting in and feeling different.

Stuff the Bus, a school supply drive for local youth in need, will kick off on Tuesday, June 16. United Way will partner with corporate partners and the community at large to donate, collect, sort, and distribute school supplies to hundreds of at-risk youth in Columbus, Phenix City and Russell County.  

Suggested School Supplies

How can YOU help?

There are many ways to help "Stuff the Bus"

  • Sponsor a stuffed backpack for $30 or make a monetary donation to Stuff the Bus here.

  • Donate new back packs and supplies at one our community-wide collection day at Columbus Public Library on Saturday, July 16th from 9 am - 5 pm.

  • Donate new back packs and supplies at the United Way office Monday through Friday, 8:30 am - 5 pm until July 20th.