United Way of Mid-Maine to Hold 7th Annual Stuff the Bus School Supply Drive

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WATERVILLE, MAINE (August 12, 2020) – As the school year approaches, it brings with it, great uncertainties. Not knowing whether students will be learning in the classroom, from their living room, or a combination of both, adds a level of stress to families who may already be struggling. Families are expected to spend nearly $800 on back to school supplies this year, according to the National Retail Federation. Remote learning, social distancing, and not being able to share supplies are some of the added struggles educators and students are facing this fall.  

United Way of Mid-Maine’s annual school supply drive helps set students up for a successful school year and relieves some of the pressure on educators. Providing them with the tools they need makes a profound impact on students and their learning experience.

Community members can donate supplies on August 19th, from 10AM-2PM at a drive-thru collection event in the Waterville Walmart parking lot. United Way volunteers will be at the ready to take your donations directly from your vehicle. In addition to their collection event, through the end of August, donations can be dropped off at the Skowhegan Regional Chamber of Commerce, GRUB in Waterville, and the Verizon Wireless stores in Skowhegan and Newport.

Suggested donations include backpacks, notebooks, folders, pencils, markers, hand sanitizer and more.

If you are looking for a more socially distanced way to contribute, you can shop the Stuff the Bus Registry for Good by visiting https://tinyurl.com/y2mj57af and have your donation shipped directly to UWMM. You can also make a monetary donation through their Facebook fundraiser or by texting STB to 207-424-2429.

United Way of Mid-Maine (UWMM) strives to advance the common good by collaborating to create solutions to local issues. Proudly serving the communities of Somerset, northern Kennebec, and western Waldo counties for over 65 years, UWMM mobilizes the Mid-Maine community to improve outcomes in Health, Education, and Financial Stability.

For more information on United Way of Mid-Maine and their Stuff the Bus school supply drive, visit www.uwmm.org and follow them on Facebook @UnitedWayMidMe.