What is Stuff the Bus?

United Way of Lake County’s Stuff the Bus drive seeks to provide students from low-income families 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 children require to excel in their studies. 

By participating in Stuff the Bus, you're doing more than collecting supplies, you're making sure that our most at-risk kids have everything they need to start the school year off ready to learn.

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. You can either pre-fill backpacks with the supplies that each student needs (see list below) or collect school supplies at your company, with your friends, or in your community from now until July 26.

You collect the supplies and deliver them to United Way of Lake County by July 26.

Fill out the form below to let us know that you’re interested. We will email you with all the information you need, including promotional materials.

Interest Form


Each $41 donation will provide one student with a backpack full of supplies. Click the "Donate" button below to learn more about giving options.


School Supply Wish List

We need your help to collect the following school supplies:

  • Backpacks – Large, no wheels please
  • Spiral notebooks (wide-rule)
  • 3-ring binders – 1, 2 and 3 inches
  • Rulers (inches & centimeters)
  • Large pink erasers
  • Boxes of Kleenex
  • Folders with pockets
  • Boxes of 36 count crayons
  • Boxes of 12 count colored pencils
  • Notebook paper
  • Elmer’s glue
  • Extra-large glue sticks
  • Fiskars scissors
  • Crayon boxes or pouches
  • Yellow highlighters (2 per pack)
  • #2 pencils
  • Dry erase markers (need packs of black & colored markers)
  • Bottles of hand sanitizer
  • Bottles of antibacterial soap
  • Pencil sharpeners with shaving catcher


Want to stuff the backpack yourself? Here's what each backpack needs:

  • (Backpack - Large, no wheels please)
  • 5 spiral notebooks (wide-rule)
  • Ruler (inches & centimeters)
  • 4 large pink erasers
  • 8 folders with pockets
  • 1 box of 10 count washable markers
  • 1 box of 36 count crayons
  • 1 box of 12 count colored pencils
  • Notebook paper (1 pk)
  • 1 Elmer’s glue
  • 4 extra-large glue sticks
  • 1 Fiskars scissors
  • 1 crayon box or pouch
  • 1 (2 pk) yellow highlighters
  • 48 #2 pencils
  • 2 pencil sharpeners with shaving catcher

Promotional Materials

Interest Form



Bobbi Selvik,
Community Engagement Manager

Interest Form


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