Day of Action: Stuff the Bus
We want to ensure that all Mat-Su Borough students look and feel their best for the first day of school! School readiness is a key component of our mission: when all students are adequately prepared for school, they learn, socialize and meet benchmarks for education better. Annually, United Way of Mat-Su distributes over 1,000 backpacks filled with necessary school supplies to Valley kids and youth.
We Envision A Community Wherein All Students Are Equally Able To Learn.
Day of Action: Stuff the Bus allows Mat-Su Valley students to access services necessary for them to attend the first day of school. Students are invited to choose a new backpack, then fill it with school supplies from their list. Often, a gently-used outfit, jacket and pair of shoes is available, giving them everything they need to feel confident when they enter their classrooms.
This event is free of charge for Mat-Su students, and registration is not required! In 2018, UWMS and our community partners supplied backpacks, supplies and services for over 1,200 students.
Special Thanks to our Volunteers!
Our dedicated community partners and volunteers make this day run smoothly! Big thanks to:
Frontline Mission, for providing gently-used outfits
Palmer Lions Club
Matanuska Valley Federal Credit Union
Wasilla Sunrise Rotary
Mat-Su LDS Church Wards & Jennifer Walther
Derek & Hello Darlin’ Salon
Shear Fire Design-Palmer
Stylists from Country Cutts-Palmer
Interested in Participating in Stuff The Bus?
Stuff the Bus takes place in August of each year, before the first official day of school.
Please check back for more information on volunteering, or becoming a partner agency soon!