Stuff the Bus 2022 - August 12-14, 2022
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United Way SLO County is proud to announce the launch of our annual Stuff the Bus event - a Back-To-School drive to gather essential backpacks and school supplies to help ensure that all youth in our community start the new school year prepared.
More than ever, many local students and teachers are in need of the supplies necessary to begin the year successfully. Last year over 4,000 students in need received donated supplies countywide, but there were still over 1,000 students in need of supplies. For the past 13 years we have partnered with many local school districts to get these school supplies to the kids and families who need them most. That process will continue this year as well.
Our goal for this school year is to raise $50,000 in donated school supplies and sponsorships.
Thank you for helping us Stuff the Bus!
Bus Dates and Times:
- Friday, August 12, 2022 - 3:00pm-6:00pm
- Saturday, August 13, 2022 - 9:00am-6:00pm
- Sunday, August 14, 2022 - 9:00am-6:00pm
5 Bus Site Locations Countywide:
- Walmart in Arroyo Grande, 1168 W Branch St.
- Walmart in Paso Robles, 180 Niblick Rd.
- Staples in SLO, 2950 Broad St.
- Staples in Atascadero, 815 El Camino Real.
- Cookie Crock in Cambria, 1240 Knollwood Circle
2022 14th Annual Stuff the Bus Sponsorship Opportunities
2022 WORKPLACE COLLECTION SITES
The public is encouraged to drop off donated school supplies at our Workplace Collection sites listed below!
Dignity Health, French Hospital Medical Center-1911 Johnson Ave, San Luis Obispo
Coastal Pediatric Dentistry-620 California Blvd STE G, San Luis Obispo
1st Capitol Bank-599 Higuera St STE B, San Luis Obispo
Mechanics Bank-899 W Grand Ave, Grover Beach
Catherine Riedstra - State Farm Insurance Agent- 3591 Sacramento Dr., Ste. 114, San Luis Obispo
Murphy Bank- 892 Aerovista Pl #110, San Luis Obispo
Lubrizol Advanced Materials- 3115 Propeller Dr, Paso Robles
Verizon at San Luis Obispo-994 Mill St, San Luis Obispo
California Fresh Market- 555 5 Cities Dr, Pismo Beach
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THANK YOU TO OUR 2022 STUFF THE BUS SPONSORS!
Why is this important?
In 2019, the number of homeless people throughout San Luis Obispo County increased by 32% with at least 10% being children. In 2020-21, 45% of San Luis Obispo County students were eligible for free/reduced price meals (https://www.ed-data.org/county/san-luis-obispo/). Research based upon the U.S. Department of Education and the 2013 U.S. Census, reflects 2.5 million children in America-one in every 30 children-go to sleep without a home each year.
Stuff the Bus helps ease the financial burden placed upon our families, promotes learning, encourages self-esteem and helps kids stay in school. Students who receive backpacks and supplies are those who are considered low income, socioeconomically disadvantaged or homeless — they live in shelters, motels, sheds, garages and other places not originally meant for human habitation.
The impact of homelessness on children, especially young children, is devastating and may lead to changes in brain architecture that can affect learning, emotional self regulation, cognitive skills, and social relationships. Homeless children are more likely than other children to experience hunger and malnutrition, and to develop physical and mental health problems (2). Emotional distress, developmental delays, and decreased academic achievement are also more common among this population (2). Many of these children and youth experience deep poverty, family instability, and exposure to domestic violence before becoming homeless, and homelessness increases their vulnerability to additional trauma (1, 2). In addition to the risks faced by homeless children, including increased vulnerability to sexual exploitation, youth without homes are far more likely than their peers to be infected with HIV and have other serious health problems (2, 3, 4).
With the support of local partners, volunteers, and members of our community, Stuff the Bus collects supplies such as backpacks, binders, pens/pencils, and notebooks to distribute throughout the county located in five school districts (PRJUSD, AUSD, SLCUSD, LMUSD and Coast USD).