Stuff the Bus Helps 535 Local Students

United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk’s Stuff the Bus Program Helps 535 Local Students

September 20 – For Immediate Release

With the help of the community, United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk was able to provide new school supplies to 535 students. Supplies were delivered one week prior to the beginning of the 2021-2022 school year to help children across Haldimand, Norfolk, and the Mississaugas of the Credit First Nation. A parent whose children received supplies shared their story, “I’ve never been in this position before, not being able to get supplies for my child. I really appreciate that she is able to start a new year fully prepared with supplies. Thank you so much!” A grade five student upon picking up their supplies exclaimed, “Wow! I can’t believe we get to pick from all this stuff!”

Stuff the Bus has been running for four years in Haldimand and Norfolk. Robert Weber, Principal of Houghton Public School, shares his experience, “I have been involved with the program for many years. It is well organized. I love it.” Weber states, “We often have new registrants that have no contact with the school. Sometimes they just show up to attend without anything with them. We have a spot where we line up the backpacks and the students can “shop” for what they like. This is a really nice inclusive, barrier-breaking opportunity.”

Brittany Burley, Executive Director of United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk, adds “I would like to extend my heartfelt thanks to our community for their incredible support. For our fourth year in a row, we have been able to provide supplies to every student that has requested them. This would not be possible without the extensive support of our community members, groups, and our local businesses.”

United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk would like to thank the following groups and businesses for their support; Dover Coast Community, Don Hyde Marine, Faith Centennial United Church, FirstOntario Credit Union, Garnet United Church, Groundswell Coworking, Imperial, Klassic Coconut, Libro Credit Union, Norfolk Community Help Centre, Norview Lodge, OPP (Haldimand and Norfolk), RBC, Scotlynn Group, Sharp Bus Lines, Shelter Cove Community, Simcoe Natural Foods, Swiss Chalet/Harvey’s, TD Bank, Toyotetsu, True Experience, Waterford Chamber of Commerce (Barry Malcolm), Zen Country Wellness, and many anonymous donors. Finally, an extra special thank you to volunteer Katrina Beattie who was instrumental to this year’s success.

Stuff the Bus will take place again next fall to continue ensuring that children have the supplies that they need to succeed in school. If you’d like to be involved, please contact us at [email protected] or 519-426-5660.

We are in the News!

United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk is in the News:

 Check out your local newspaper (Simcoe Reformer, Port Dover Maple Leaf and Haldimand Press) to see our ad expressing our thanks to those who helped to make 2017 a success. Thank you for helping us make a difference in the Haldimand and Norfolk communities.

Stuff the Bus

We are still looking for volunteer Jail Birds for our Jail & Bail event and this is the last weekend for our Stuff the Bus school supplies drive. Donate at our locations: Superstore (Simcoe), Zehrs (Caledonia), Giant Tiger (Hagersville & Dunnville).

Look for the yellow bus.

Stuff the Bus

United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk’s First- Stuff the Bus Drive

Help Local Kids Succeed in School

We are hosting our first “Stuff the Bus” school supply drive, to collect new school materials for low-income students in our community. The drive will run from August 18 to September 1, 2018. Look for our donation bins in our partner stores: Superstore (Simcoe), Zehrs (Caledonia) and Giant Tiger (Hagersville and Dunnville). Community members are encouraged to donate new school supplies from a provided “wish list”.

New school supplies can boost a child’s self-esteem, providing the ability to start school more compelled to learn, says Brittany Burley, Executive Director of United Way of Haldimand and Norfolk. Our goal is that every child in Haldimand and Norfolk, regardless of family income, has all the supplies they need to succeed.

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