ELIZABETH – United Way of Greater Union County (UWGUC) will be hosting its first annual “Stuff the Bus” campaign, Aug. 1–19. The campaign, in partnership with local corporate partners, will help ensure low-income families do not have to face difficult choices when it comes to ensuring their children have needed supplies for the coming school year. UWGUC is joining with other United Ways throughout the state to make sure as many New Jersey schoolchildren as possible have the tools they need to succeed academically.
“Every September, all children are at the starting gate preparing to run the race of academic achievement,” said James W. Horne, Jr., President and CEO of UWGUC. “Making sure our children have the appropriate school supplies goes a long way to ensuring their success during the school year and helping them build their self esteem.”
Participating companies will donate common school supplies such as backpacks (the most needed item), pencils, markers, notebooks, folders and more to the Homefirst and Board of Education Family Success Centers in Plainfield, Jefferson Park Ministries Family Success Center in Elizabeth and The Connection for Children and Families in Summit.
In addition to the support of UWGUC’s corporate partners, Villani Bus Company, located in Linden, will be donating a school bus and driver to help travel the county with volunteers to pick up and drop off collected supplies.
For more information about United Way’s 2011 Stuff the Bus campaign please contact Paul Gibney at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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