What is Stuff the Bus?

United Way of Lake County’s Stuff the Bus supply drive provides students in Lake County, IL with new school supplies—preparing them for their academic studies, building their self-esteem, and setting them up for success.

We need your help to collect the supplies that these young learners require to excel in their studies!

By participating in Stuff the Bus, you're doing more than collecting supplies, you're helping ensure that more local students will have everything they need when they return to school this fall.

Learn how you can get involved and view our school supply wish list below.

Ways to Get Involved


Launch your own school supply collection drive. Collect school supplies at your company, with your friends, or in your community through August 15, 2024.

Collect the supplies and drop them off at one of the collection sites listed below.

Please fill out our Interest Form to inform us that you want to participate. We will email you all the information you need, including promotional materials.

Interest Form


  • United Way of Lake County – 330 S Greenleaf St, Gurnee
  • Warren Township – Assessors Office, 17801 W Washington St, Gurnee
  • Warren Township – Senior Center, 17801 W Washington St, Gurnee
  • Warren Township – Services, 100 S Greenleaf St, Gurnee
  • Old National Bank – 601 N. Green Bay Rd, Waukegan
  • Old National Bank – 1201 Golf Rd, Waukegan
  • Old National Bank – 3303 Sheridan Rd, Zion
  • Jessie's Auto Tech – 640 Belle Plaine Ave, Gurnee
  • LGBTQ+ Center of Lake County – 10 N Lake St, Unit 103, Grayslake
  • Noote Partners – 22 Center St, Grayslake
  • Huntington Bank – 927 N Green Bay Rd, Waukegan
  • Huntington Bank – 900 E Rollins Rd, Round Lake
  • Huntington Bank – 1181 W Maple, Mundelein
  • Huntington Bank – 444 N Rand Rd, North Barrington
  • Huntington Bank – 6121 Washington St, Gurnee
  • Huntington Bank – 480 Center St, Grayslake
  • Fulton Grace Realty – 5101 Washington St, Gurnee
  • Yorktown Tavern – 4555 W Yorkhouse Rd, Wadsworth
  • A Crazy Place Venue – 208 Genesee St, Waukegan
  • Grease Monkey – 821 N Green Bay Rd, Waukegan
  • Angel's Boxing Academy – 3454 Washington St, Park City


Each $32 donation will provide one student with a backpack full of supplies. Click the "Donate Here" button below to learn more about giving options.


Basic Supply Wish List

We need your help to collect the following (brand new) school supplies:

  • Backpacks – 17” plain, single or dual color
  • Spiral notebooks, wide ruled
  • 2-inch binders
  • Folders with pockets
  • Crayola crayons, 24 count
  • Crayola markers, 10 count
  • Yellow highlighters, 2 pack
  • Dry erase markers
  • Sharpened #2 pencils, 24 pack
  • Pencil sharpeners with shaving catcher
  • Pencil pouches or cases
  • Pink erasers, large
  • Glue sticks, large
  • Scissors, child safe
  • Sticky notes
  • Index cards
  • Stylus pens
  • Earbuds/headphones
  • Tissues

Promotional Materials






Bobbi Selvik,
Community Engagement Manager

Interest Form



More than 50% of students in the following school districts live in low-income households: Beach Park, Fox Lake, Gurnee, Ingleside, Mundelein, North Chicago, Round Lake, Waukegan, and Zion.

(eligible to receive free or reduced-price lunches, live in substitute care, or whose families receive public aid)

(Illinois Report Card 2022-2023)


Nearly 500 students in the Waukegan School District are experiencing homelessness.

(Illinois Report Card 2022-2023)

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