15th Annual Stuff the Bus:
Friday, July 16th, Saturday, July 17th, and Sunday, July 18th
United Way takes the health of our community very seriously. A reminder for volunteers to practice safe social distancing while participating in Stuff the Bus during their volunteer shift. Mask wearing is encouraged; this is to comply with general store policies as you safely greet all customers entering the store to raise awareness for this effort. Volunteers will not be handing out flyers with desired supplies, instead, we will be incorporating scannable QR CODES on signs, banners, and t-shirts!
Easy Ways To Give:
Helping Our Teachers Help Our Students
In 2007, United Way of Hernando County brought on the Annual Stuff the Bus program. For one weekend during the Summer, United Way of Hernando County, along with the Hernando County Transportation Department, places multiple buses throughout the community at participating locations. These school buses are manned with dedicated teachers and volunteers welcoming donated school supplies for Hernando County classrooms. This event brings much needed supplies to teachers and their students.
2020: Stuffing the Bus in a World with COVID
The event quickly and effectively shifted to a virtual platform on Roonga.com, where donors could shop for school supplies safely from their homes and have them delivered right to United Way’s door. All 8 Hernando Publix stores also participated with Stuff the Bus by hosting a drop box to collect school supplies for those who still wished to shop in-person. Thank you to the Hernando County Transportation Department for lending two buses and a helping hand to load, unload, and help deliver supplies to all 23 Hernando schools.
Teachers and school faculty were thrilled to receive boxes of items for their supply closets. The items will be distributed by school administration throughout the year to where they are needed the most, thereby providing the necessary tools that students need to succeed.
Thank you to our Partners in Education, Publix Super Markets for coordinating drop-off boxes for in-person donation, and for dropping off the collected supplies to the United Way office. A special thank you goes to Hernando County residents for continuing to LIVE UNITED by supporting local classrooms during an uncertain time.
2019: Stuff the Bus
In 2019, UWHC provided over 150 classrooms with FREE school supplies to service Hernando County students. Part of United Way's philosophy is "Who knows better than teachers about classroom needs?" Stuff the Bus is an important component in giving teachers the tools needed to help children succeed in education!