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Stuff the Bus!
Stuff the Bus!

As children and adults throughout Maine enjoy a well deserved summer vacation, the United Way of York County and several community partners are thinking ahead to make sure that children enter the new school year ready to learn, equipped with the tools they need to succeed, by joining a statewide effort to provide donated items such as backpacks, calculators, pens, pencils, rulers and composition notebooks to children unable to afford them.

"One of our primary goals at United Way is to create and support efforts that help children and youth meet academic milestones and graduate on time," says Kathryn Davis, President and CEO of United Way of York County. "We are excited to join forces with other nonprofits and the ‘Tools for School’ campaign to help get these children off on the right foot in September."

United Way, working together with Joyful Harvest Neighborhood Center, Open Hands Open Hearts, the Old Orchard Beach Food Pantry and York County Community Action Corporation, plans to provide school supplies to more than 500 children in need in Arundel, Biddeford, Dayton, Old Orchard Beach and Saco schools.

United Way of York County and its partners will also be coordinating events at local retailers so that individuals can purchase and then donate items at the same location. The first event is scheduled for Saturday, July 21st at Big Lots in Biddeford (420 Alfred Street) from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.

Items can also be dropped off at United Way of York County, the Northern York County YMCA, Saco and Biddeford Savings Institution, Shaws in Saco, the Biddeford-Saco Chamber of Commerce, and McArthur Library throughout July and the beginning of August.

Suggested items to be donated include:

  • Binders, 1"
  • Calculators
  • Colored Pencils
  • Composition Books
  • Crayons, 24 count
  • Erasers, pencil top
  • Erasers, pink
  • Filler Paper
  • Glue (bottles)
  • Glue sticks
  • Markers, Fat 8-10 ct.
  • Markers, Thin 8-10ct.
  • Pencils #2
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Pens – black & blue
  • Pocket folders
  • Report Folders
  • Rulers, 12 "
  • Backpacks

For more information about donating, please contact Meaghan Arzberger, Manager of Volunteer Engagement, at the United Way of York County office. 207-985-3359


About United Way of York County

Established in 1986, United Way of York County works to advance the common good of everyone in York County by focusing on the unique characteristics of our community and by strengthening programs focused on Education, Income and Health. By galvanizing individuals and organizations to act, while mobilizing resources, expertise and funding, United Way of York County creates opportunities for residents through lifelong learning, financial stability and healthy foundations for life.

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