Springfield, MA; United Way of Pioneer Valley will be kicking off the annual event with Peter Pan Bus Lines to fill 2,200 backpacks with school supplies to help students who are homeless in our region. The Kick-Off event will be held in front of Springfield City Hall at 10:30 AM on Friday July 12th, with a Peter Pan Bus also on site.
“Each child should be given the chance to start school on time with all the tools they need to be successful just like everyone else, despite their circumstances. The amazing generosity of our local community is always apparent when we put out the call to help,” said Paul Mina, President and CEO of United Way of Pioneer Valley.
United Way is grateful to be working with 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, and Westover Job Corps as sponsors, and always welcome additional businesses to help support this campaign as it begins.
Attendees are invited to bring a donation item to kick off this year’s Stuff the Bus drive at this event.
SCHEDULE FOR KICK-OFF OF UNITED WAY’S ANNUAL STUFF THE BUS, FRIDAY JULY 12TH
10:00 AM – 10:30 AM Gather in front of City Hall at 36 Court St, Springfield, MA 01103
10:30 AM – 10:45 AM Introduction of Stuff the Bus from CEO Paul Mina of United Way of Pioneer Valley
10:45 AM – 11:00 AM Words from other partners in attendance.
11:00 AM – Ceremonial first donation of this year’s drive by Mayor Sarno.
This year, we are asking for donations of the following supplies:
- No. 2 Pencils
- Colored Pencils
- Glue sticks
- Hand held pencil sharpeners
- Pencil case (for binders)
- Pencil boxes
- Composition books
- Three Ring Binders (1 inch )
- Loose- leaf notebook paper
- Ball point pens
- Index Cards
- Pocket Folders
- Spiral Notebooks
- Rulers (English & Metric Measurements)
- Pencil top erasers
- Post it Notes
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.