School backpacks

What is Stuff the Bus?

Education is essential to unlocking a student’s potential and achieving financial success. However, for many families in DC and surrounding areas, the cost of buying school supplies can be a significant burden. United Way NCA’s Stuff the Bus campaign provides backpacks filled with grade-appropriate school supplies to students who need them most. Learn more below.

About Stuff the Bus Program Serving Students in DC & Surrounding Areas

Are you ready to make a positive impact on a local middle school student? Participate in United Way NCA’s Stuff the Bus campaign for the upcoming 2023-24 school year by providing school supplies to middle schools students in DC and surrounding counties in Northern Virginia and Maryland at United Way NCA’s six Community Schools.

This year, there are three ways to participate:

  1. Purchase and donate a gift from our Amazon Wish List
  2. Volunteer to stuff backpacks full of school supplies for students at our in-person volunteer event. More details to come!
  3. Make a monetary contribution.

If you are a corporation interested in sponsoring this event, volunteering with Stuff the Bus or supporting the initiative in another way, please contact us at

Stuff the Bus School Supplies That Will be Donated

Your monetary donation will allow us to fill backpacks with the following supplies to give to students in our community:

  • 3-inch binders
  • 5-tab dividers
  • 3-hole pocket folders
  • College-ruled notebook paper
  • Composition books
  • Pens (black or blue)
  • Post-it notes
  • Pencils
  • Highlighters
  • Pencil sharpeners
  • Erasers
  • Pencil pouches
  • Colored pencils
  • Earbuds with mics
  • Quality backpacks
  • And more!

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