Stuff the Bus

Peter Pan and United Way of Pioneer Valley present Stuff the Bus 2019!

Stuff the Bus logo

Each year, United Way of Pioneer Valley works with local partners to collect donations of school supplies to provide backpacks to students who are homeless in our region.

In 2019, our goal is to provide 2,200 students with backpacks they need to go back to school! On a single day, we deliver backpacks to the 6 largest school districts in our region: Springfield, West Springfield, Holyoke, Chicopee, South Hadley, and Westfield.

This year, we are helping every town in our service area for the first time with Stuff the Bus. 24 of the 25 towns we serve have indicated they have students who are homeless. Those towns in addition to the 6 listed above will have backpacks delivered at the end of August.

We need your HELP for students in need!

Sign up to volunteer your time to help Stuff the Bus!


  • Any Balise Auto Dealer or Car Wash in Western Mass (see list of locations on their website)
  • Holyoke Mall: in front of Macy's or Target (look for collection bins)
  • Westfield Gas & Electric, 100 Elm Street, Westfield
  • Select Physical Therapy, 3550 Main Street, Springfield
  • Olive Garden, Riverdale Street, West Springfield
  • United Way of Pioneer Valley's Office: 1441 Main Street, Springfield
  • Contact us to add your business here!

Other Ways to Help:

  • Become a sponsor
    Our sponsors help with funding any gap in supplies, helping feed volunteers, pay for backpacks, and other fixed cost needs. Please call our main number at 413-737-2671 to learn more or email us.
  • Donate supplies or a monetary gift
    Drop off school supplies at one of our collection sites, our Springfield office, or make a financial donation toward the event. Looking for a list of what supplies are needed?
  • Be a collection site
    Do you want to set up a collection box for your employees and/or customers to be able to drop off school supplies for Stuff the Bus? Talk to us!

WITH Help from our Generous Sponsors:


Mobilizing people and resources to strengthen our communities.

For more information contact:
Volunteer Coordinator
Phone: 413-693-0236