Stuff the Bus and the Santa Cruz County Office of Education 2022

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It's More Than A Backpack!


School Supply Donation Drive: July 1- August 1st
Stuff-A-Thon at the Kaiser Arena: August 13th


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Every year, Santa Cruz County Office of Education and United Way team up to host Stuff The Bus to gather essential backpacks and school supplies to help prepare youth for the new school year. We provide these backpacks and supplies to youth currently experiencing homelessness and/or other hardships.

Data from the County Office of Education states that there is 3,821 youth who are currently experiencing homelessness or extreme hardship in Santa Cruz County. 

With your help, we are aiming to donate 3,000 backpacks with new school supplies to Santa Cruz County youth who need them. Your donation will send youth back to school fully equipped and on the pathway to success!



Erika Cortes

Erika Cortes
Project Homeless Coordinator
Student Support Services Dept.

 "The Stuff the Bus Drive isn't just any drive, it's a county-wide effort that helps provide quality backpacks and school supplies to students who are experiencing homelessness and other extreme hardships. There is a big possibility that the families and students you work with can also reap the benefits of our drive. By making a generous contribution today you can help promote learning, encourage self-esteem, and provide school supplies to talented and hardworking students in our community!"

To learn more about how you can request a backpack please contact Erika Cortes at or call 831-466-5666.



Get Involved


Send students back to school ready to learn with a NEW, filled backpack.

Click the "Supply List" button below to view the item list and Stuff The Bus drop-off locations. 




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. 




Annual Stuff-A-Thon Information 



This year, the Santa Cruz County Office of Education and United Way will partner up to host the annual Stuff-A-Thon event at the Kaiser Permanente Area on August 13th, 2022! 

Click Here to stay up to date with Stuff The Bus and get notified when the sign-up volunteer form is available.