Monday, July 28, 2008

Stuff the Bus

This past weekend United Way staff and more than 200 community volunteers turned out to help collect school supplies for local kids in need through our "Stuff the Bus" initiative.

Over the course of Friday and Saturday, hundreds of people stopped by our buses parked throughout the region at Wal-Mart Supercenters and dropped off school supplies. By 4:00 p.m. on Saturday when the school bus drivers arrived to pick up the buses, each bus was literally stuffed. Full of crayons, pencils, paper, notebooks, pencil boxes, and more, all the things necessary for students of any age to start out the new school year with all the tools for success.

We want to thank the volunteers who came out and gave their time via two-hour shifts at the bus locations. The volunteers impact on the community is equivalent to each one of them giving more than $19/hour to work for a good cause. That means that over the entire weekend, volunteers gave back more than $11,140 worth of their time to the community. That is amazing!!

It constantly amazes each of us at how giving our community is even in economic times that are difficult, at best, for the majority of us. The Stuff the Bus program aims to ease some of the economic concerns back-to-school shopping can bring to families who are already struggling with these difficult times.

Everyone who participated this weekend truly "Lived United" by helping to volunteer and give on behalf of advancing the good of school children in our region.

If you were a volunteer and enjoyed this opportunity, we would love to hear from you so that we may share your story in the future.

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