Five United Ways Join Together To Provide School Supplies For Children

ELIZABETH – The United Ways of Central Jersey, Hudson, Greater Mercer, Monmouth and Greater Union counties announced that they have joined together for a summer “Stuff The Bus” drive to provide school supplies to the children in their communities. The drive, which started this week, is designed to help ensure that as many children as possible begin the school year with the tools they will need to succeed.

“We are very excited to be working with our friends and colleagues in other counties to make this happen,” said James W. Horne Jr., president and CEO of United Way of Greater Union County. “Each of us conducts a drive like this annually and it makes sense to join forces to improve the efficiency and scope of the program. “


Created to help children enter school ready to learn as well as ease the financial burden on families struggling to make ends meet, Stuff the Bus provides thousands of students a year with backpacks filled with binders, pencils, pens and other supplies deemed necessary by local school boards. This is the first year that these United Ways have worked jointly on this program.

“By leveraging our combined experience and broadening our reach in this way, we believe we can collect more material and provide even more children with the supplies they need,” said Tim Hearne, CEO of United Way of Monmouth County. “We are reaching out across New Jersey to provide kids a great start to the school year. We hope everyone can help in this effort.”

“United Way is very happy to play a role in providing essential supplies to Jersey City Public School Students,” said Dan Altilio, president and CEO of United Way of Hudson County. “It makes good business sense for both our local United Ways and the communities we serve for us to all work together to make this drive a success,” said Herbert Klein III, president and CEO of the United Way of Greater Mercer County. “Joining efforts reduces duplication, improves efficiency and delivers better service to our constituents.”

“Our United Ways believe that by working collaboratively, we can have a greater impact on the communities we serve,” said Gloria Aftanski, President and Chief Professional Officer of the United Way of Central Jersey. “Children need the appropriate tools to be able to learn effectively but unfortunately far too many families find it difficult to purchase supplies on their own. We look forward to this opportunity to help children in not just one but five counties as we join our annual effort with those of our colleagues.”

To learn more about Stuff the Bus, or to get involved with United Way, contact your local United Way chapter:

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