The United Way of Pioneer Valley, in partnership with Peter Pan Bus Company, is collecting school supplies to fill over 2,000 backpacks for children who are homeless in Springfield, Holyoke, Westfield, Chicopee, West Springfield, Palmer, and South Hadley.
These young students have it hard enough; giving them a new backpack filled with all the right supplies helps them start the school year on the right foot – focused and ready to learn!
From July 28 to August 16, local companies and stores will hold collection drives for donations of school supplies. Backpacks will be delivered right to the schools.
Supply Drop-off Sites (starting Friday July 29th):
- United Way of Pioneer Valley
1441 Main Street, Suite 147 – Springfield, MA 01103
Monday through Friday – 8:30 am – 4:30 pm
- Western Mass News
1300 Liberty Street – Springfield, MA
July 31st – August 11th 9:00 am-5:00 pm
- Holyoke Mall
50 Holyoke Street – Holyoke, MA
Monday through Saturday 10:00 am-8:00 pm
Sundays 11:00 am – 6:00 pm
- Balise Kia
603 Riverdale Road – West Springfield MA
Donors who provide 6 to 19 items will receive a $20.17 coupon toward Main Gate Admission at Six Flags New England. Those who provide 20 or more items will receive a free ticket.
On Tuesday August 16th, Six Flags New England will host its Annual Rollercoaster Day. All supplies donations and proceeds will go towards Stuff the Bus, helping keep kids on track! For more information contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
- To view the Day in the Life of Your Donation video about Stuff the Bus click here.
Help us STUFF the BUS with the school supplies kids need most!
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Contributions for Backpacks:
All the backpacks must be the same, good quality, so we must purchase them. Contributions going toward backpack purchase are greatly appreciated!
2017 Sponsors & Community Partners (alphabetical order):
AAA of Pioneer Valley
Bank of America
C & S Wholesale Grocers
Health New England**
Holy Redeemer Cathedral
Peter Pan Bus Lines**
Six Flags New England**
South Hadley Council on Aging
The O’Connell Companies
UTC Aerospace Systems & IAM Machinist Union Local 743**
Western Mass News**
Westover Job Corps
For more information about STUFF the BUS or to inquire about volunteer opportunities, please contact our Volunteer Coordinator at United Way of Pioneer Valley:
1441 Main Street, Suite 147, Springfield MA 01103
Phone – 413-693-0236
Email – email@example.com
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