Stuff The Bus

It's More Than A Backpack

School Supply Donation Drive: July 1- August 8th





United Way of Santa Cruz County is proud to partner with the Santa Cruz County Office of Education to distribute school supplies and items to ensure students start school ready to learn with the tools they need to succeed! Stuff the Busus


In 2019, community members like YOU stepped in and collected 2,500 filled backpacks to students...THANK YOU!


Due to health precautions taken in accordance to the  Santa Cruz County Public Health, this year’s Stuff The Bus will be a virtual campaign, collecting online monetary donations only. Proceeds will purchase the requested school supplies and items and will be delivered to the Santa Cruz County Office of Education before the start of school.



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Why Is Stuff The Bus Important?

2019 County Office of Education data indicates that there is 4,749 local youth currently experiencing homelessness or extreme hardships throughout Santa Cruz County. This number is likely to continue to climb due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Therefore, it is more important than ever that we support our local students and their families. 

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Make an Impact

It doesn't take a big commitment to make a big impact. Together, with community members taking action now more than ever, your time makes a difference in the lives of students in Santa Cruz County.




Ways to Get Involved


Each $25 donation will provide one student with supplies and items they need to start school.

Click the "donate" button below to learn more about giving options. 

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Encourage your workplace to launch a virtual Stuff the Bus campaign! Collect donations at your workplace, with your friends, or in your community from now until August 1st. 

Contact our Donor Engagement Manager to let us know you're interested. We will email you with all the information you need, including promotional materials. 


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Ash Gonzalez

Donor Engagement Manager




Start your own Stuff the Bus fundraising campaign!

It only takes a minute to set up a campaign. Introduce your campaign and why you're supporting it, create a goal, upload an image, and share!



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