United Way of Greater Nashville recently announced the 12th annual Stuff the Bus Day of Action collection drive will be entirely virtual, thanks to the support of the Tennessee Titans and Piedmont Natural Gas.
This year’s Stuff the Bus is United Way’s first-ever online school supply drive, and the organization is depending on community support to make it a success. Here’s how individuals, groups and workplaces can contribute now through July 10:
• Run a drive. Visit roonga.com/uwgnstuffthebus2020 to set up a team for your workplace or group. Create a team profile, set a goal for your supply drive and share your personalized team link with your colleagues and friends to start collecting.
• Support students by purchasing supply kits or individual items directly from the online store. United Way will make sure the items get delivered to local elementary school students in need.
• For those who prefer not to run a drive or purchase supplies directly, individuals can make a credit card donation in any amount which will be used to buy more supplies.
United Way is working with local organizations to distributed supplies to local students.
In 2019, United Way of Greater Nashville’s Stuff the Bus Day of Action brought together more than 1,500 volunteers from 82 local companies to provide essential school supplies for more than 15,000 students in need.
“Children in our community need the tools and support to learn, now more than ever,” said Brian Hassett, president and CEO of United Way of Greater Nashville. “We may not be able to bring large groups of volunteers together to Nissan Stadium or Harpeth Church like we have for so many years, but that won’t stop us from making sure our children get the tools they need to learn and grow. Parents shouldn’t have to choose between putting food on the table and buying school supplies for their children. I encourage anyone who can to help us give children a bright start.”
“Many of our students have been knocked out of their routines and even displaced from their homes and neighborhoods by the tornadoes and the COVID-19 pandemic this year,” said Dr. Adrienne Battle, director of Metro Nashville Public Schools. “They’re going to need school supplies to help them start the new school year in August. We at MNPS are extremely grateful to United Way of Greater Nashville for their continued partnership and to everyone who will Stuff the Bus during this especially challenging time for our community.”
“We are always appreciative of our community’s response in helping to provide school supplies for our students,” said David L. Snowden, Ph.D., director of schools at Franklin Special School District. “We understand this year’s virtual effort to Stuff the Bus will be different and possibly more difficult during these unique and challenging times. However, the needs are as great and possibly greater than they have been in previous years. We are grateful for this continued support on behalf of students.
“It’s always amazing to see our community rally around such an incredible cause. This year certainly will bring its share of challenges, and we’re grateful to so many of our neighbors who are willing to step up and give kids the tools they need to succeed.”
To learn more about Stuff the Bus, visit unitedwaygreaternashville.org/stuffthebus.