FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
UNITED WAY OF PIONEER VALLEY
TEAMS UP WITH PETER PAN BUS LINES
FOR ANNUAL STUFF THE BUS DELIVERY DAY
Event Benefits Students Who Are Homeless in Region
PIONEER VALLEY, Mass., On Friday, August 23rd, the United Way of Pioneer Valley and Peter Pan Bus Lines will deliver more than 2,200 backpacks filled with donated school supplies to school districts in our region for students who are homeless to prepare them for the upcoming school year. Districts receiving backpacks on 8/23 are: Springfield, Chicopee, Holyoke, South Hadley, West Springfield, and Westfield.
School supplies were collected all summer at various locations throughout the Pioneer Valley. Volunteers from Macy’s Holyoke, Westover Job Corps, and others will be riding on the Peter Pan Bus with United Way stuff to assist with delivery of all 2,200 backpacks the same day.
We are extremely grateful to once again work with our region to make this event possible, “ United Way of Pioneer Valley’s CEO Paul Mina said, “The amount of support and care that our community has shown us for this event is truly amazing. Despite all financial odds, there is no better feeling than to be able to fill all the backpacks requested each year for the students in need. Our main goal here with Stuff the Bus is to ensure that every child in the Pioneer Valley has the chance to start their school year off on the right foot, no matter their circumstances, and the community’s help makes that possible.”
United Way wishes to thank Peter Pan Bus Lines, Mayor Domenic Sarno, Western Mass News, Six Flags New England, Holyoke Mall, Grodsky, Macy’s Holyoke, Amica, Comcast, QFS, Merriam-Webster, Balise Auto, BusinessWest, and Westover Job Corps for their generous support of Stuff the Bus 2019.
SCHEDULE FOR BACKPACK DISTRIBUTION, Friday, August 23rd
7:30-8:30 AM United Way of Pioneer Valley, 1441 Main Street, TD Bank Bldg Suite 147, Springfield MA
8:40 AM-9:00 AM Springfield Public Schools Community Engagement Center - 91 School Street, Springfield MA 01105 *please park on Union Street, in the back of building, do not block School Street*
9:15 AM-9:30 AM Chicopee Public Schools Administration Building - 180 Broadway Chicopee, MA 01020
9:45 AM-10:00 AM Holyoke Public Schools Holyoke Public Schools Central Supply Warehouse - 724 Main Street Holyoke MA
10:10 AM-10:20 PM South Hadley Town Hall, 116 Main Street, South Hadley, MA
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM West Springfield Public Schools, West Springfield High School - 425 Piper Road, West Springfield MA 01089
11:15 PM-11:30 PM Westfield Public Schools, Westfield Middle School, 30 West Silver Street, Westfield MA 01085
11:15 PM-11:30 PM Bus Returns to United Way of Pioneer Valley
About United Way of Pioneer Valley
United Way of Pioneer Valley mobilizes people and resources to strengthen our communities. UWPV targets the community’s most pressing needs and focuses resources, community partnerships and the energy of volunteers to create measurable results. For more information, call United Way of Pioneer Valley at (413) 737-2691 or visit www.uwpv.org.
About Peter Pan Bus Lines
Peter Pan serves over 100 communities throughout the northeast corridor, with daily express service including Boston, New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Washington, DC. The company transports over three million passengers a year and its fleet of more than 300 buses travels over 25 million miles annually. The company also operates nationwide charter and tour services.