STUFF THE BUS 2020

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Many things have changed this year, but one thing that hasn’t is United Way of the Piedmont’s commitment to providing school supplies to children who need them most.

Even during a “normal” year,  purchasing a full list of school supplies can be out of reach for their families living in poverty.

Students need our support now more than ever. Join us and make an impact on a child’s life right here in our community.

CHEROKEE COUNTY

WAYS TO PARTICIPATE

Individuals and companies can purchase “Ready-to-Learn” backpacks or individual supplies online and our supplier will ship to us.

Companies can set up a “Team Drive” to keep track of their employees’ impact.

ONLINE ORDERING CLOSES JULY 16TH.

Click Here to Purchase Supplies

Collect school supplies at your workplace and book an appointment time to drop off at the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department on July 24th.

Click Here to Book Drop-Off Time

School Supplies Needed:

  • Backpacks
  • Composition Notebooks
  • Wide-ruled Notebook Paper
  • #2 Pencils
  • Pink Pearl Erasers
  • Colored Pencils
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Plastic Two-Pocket Folders
  • Index Cards
  • Headphones
  • Rulers
  • Glue Sticks
  • Markers
  • Highlighters
  • Blunt Scissors
  • Crayons
  • Hand Sanitizer

Individuals can donate supplies by dropping them off at the Cherokee County Partnership Center (405 N Logan St. Gaffney, SC 29341) by July 23rd.

School Supplies Needed:

  • Backpacks
  • Composition Notebooks
  • Wide-ruled Notebook Paper
  • #2 Pencils
  • Pink Pearl Erasers
  • Colored Pencils
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Plastic Two-Pocket Folders
  • Index Cards
  • Headphones
  • Rulers
  • Glue Sticks
  • Markers
  • Highlighters
  • Blunt Scissors
  • Crayons
  • Hand Sanitizer

SPARTANBURG COUNTY

WAYS TO PARTICIPATE

Individuals and companies can purchase “Ready-to-Learn” backpacks or individual supplies online and our supplier will ship to us.

Companies can set up a “Team Drive” to keep track of their employees’ impact.

ONLINE ORDERING CLOSES JULY 16TH.

Click Here to Purchase Supplies

Collect school supplies at your workplace and book an appointment time to drop off at our Gifts-in-Kind Center on July 27th or 28th.

Click Here to Book Drop-Off Time

School Supplies Needed:

  • Backpacks
  • Composition notebooks
  • Wide-ruled Notebook Paper
  • #2 Pencils
  • Pink Pearl Erasers
  • Colored pencils
  • Pencil sharpener
  • Plastic Two-Pocket Folders
  • Index Cards
  • Headphones

July 27th-31st: Teams or individuals can volunteer to inventory school supplies and pack “Ready-to-Learn” backpacks for students.

Appropriate health and safety measures will be in place. Maximum of 10 volunteers per shift.

T-shirts provided!

Click Here to View Opportunities

UNION COUNTY

WAYS TO PARTICIPATE

Collect school supplies at your workplace and book an appointment time to drop off at the Union County Carnegie Library on July 31st.

Book Drop-Off Time

School Supplies Needed:

  • Backpacks
  • Composition Notebooks
  • Wide-ruled Notebook Paper
  • #2 Pencils
  • Pink Pearl Erasers
  • Colored Pencils
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Plastic Two-Pocket Folders
  • Index Cards
  • Headphones
  • Rulers
  • Glue Sticks
  • Markers
  • Highlighters
  • Blunt Scissors
  • Crayons
  • Hand Sanitizer

Individuals can donate supplies by dropping them off at the Union County Carnegie Library (300 East South St. Union, SC 29379) by July 30th.

School Supplies Needed:

  • Backpacks
  • Composition Notebooks
  • Wide-ruled Notebook Paper
  • #2 Pencils
  • Pink Pearl Erasers
  • Colored Pencils
  • Pencil Sharpeners
  • Plastic Two-Pocket Folders
  • Index Cards
  • Headphones
  • Rulers
  • Glue Sticks
  • Markers
  • Highlighters
  • Blunt Scissors
  • Crayons
  • Hand Sanitizer

CHEROKEE COUNTY

Cherokee County Need

In Cherokee County, United Way of the Piedmont is partnering with the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department and Coroner’s Office again for their 9th annual back to school supply drive. 

Companies and individuals are invited to participate as we support the success of children in Cherokee County.

SPARTANBURG COUNTY

Spartanburg County Need

In Spartanburg County, United Way of the Piedmont is collecting school supplies for children in all seven Spartanburg school districts. Volunteers will pack “Ready-to-Learn” backpacks with donated supplies.

Companies and individuals are invited to participate as we support the success of children in Spartanburg County.

UNION COUNTY

Union County Need

In Union County, United Way of the Piedmont is collecting school supplies in partnership with the Union County Carnegie Library and Union Medical Center for students who need them most.

Companies and individuals are invited to participate as we support the success of children in Union County.

CONTACT

Carly Burns

Corporate Engagement Associate

864.586.2297

cburns@uwpiedmont.org

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

In Cherokee County, donations are given to the Sheriff’s Office as part of their annual back to school supply drive. The Sheriff’s Office delivers to the schools in Cherokee County, who then distribute to students in need.

In Spartanburg County, donations are given directly to all seven Spartanburg County school districts to distribute to students in need.

In Union County, donations are given directly to the Union County District Office to distribute to students in need.

Due to COVID-19, United Way of the Piedmont is unable to pick up school supplies to “Stuff the Bus” this year.

We also know that the economic impact of COVID-19 has been widespread, and that’s why we are still committed to collecting school supplies for students who need them most.

We encourage our generous donors and partners to choose a participation option that is the best fit for them!

School supplies are given directly to the school districts to distribute to students who need the most. Let your child’s teacher or school social worker know that you need school supplies to get more information.

Absolutely!

In Cherokee County, you can either set up a “team drive” on our virtual collection site OR drop off your collected items at our Cherokee County Partnership Center.

In Spartanburg County, you can set up a “team drive” on our virtual collection site and direct your church or civic group members to donate there.

In Union County, you can drop off your collected items at the Union County Carnegie Library.

Absolutely! Please use the funds collected to purchase school supplies through our online collection page.

Note: Online collection is not available in Union County in 2020.

2019 STUFF THE BUS RESULTS

Thank you to our generous donors who made this possible!

Cherokee County Partners

  • Broad River Electric Co-op
  • BIC
  • Carolina Foothills Federal Credit Union
  • Cherokee Medical Center
  • Freightliner
  • Nestle
  • PlyGem
  • Timken – Gaffney

Spartanburg County Partners

  • Amazon
  • American Credit Acceptance
  • Auria
  • Blue Moon Specialty Foods
  • Carolina Alliance Bank
  • City of Spartanburg
  • Contec
  • Denny’s
  • Draexlmaier
  • Duke Energy
  • ETV
  • GSP Airport
  • Spartanburg Herald-Journal
  • Johnson Development Associates
  • Lancaster
  • Milliken
  • Morgan Corp
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Morrisette
  • OTO Development
  • Pitney Bowes
  • Pricewaterhouse Coopers
  • Publix – Hillcrest
  • SC Federal Credit Union
  • Scott Insurance
  • Sherman College
  • Spartanburg Community College
  • Spartanburg Regional Hospital System
  • Spartanburg Water
  • Tietex
  • Toray
  • Wabtec
  • William Barnet & Son

Union County Partners

  • Arthur State Bank
  • City of Union
  • Dollar General Distribution
  • Goodwill
  • Milliken Gillespie
  • Primped and Polished Salon
  • SCDSS Union
  • Union County Disabilities and Special Needs
  • Union Medical Center