Over the past 14 years, this community has made the Stuff the Bus event much more than me living on a bus. It’s the collective effort and voice of the community who works to make sure that every child walks in on the first day of school on a level playing field. Now that we have earned status as a 501c3 foundation, we can work year round to support the efforts of our school systems on a much different level. Because we work directly with schools, classrooms, and teachers, along with Family Resource Centers to know the needs within individual schools, we can impact students quickly and efficiently, maximizing all of your donations.
Since 2005 our mission has been to provide a level playing field for all children in Southern Kentucky. We make sure that every child walks in on the first day of school with the essential supplies needed to be able to connect with the teacher and classmates. By creating this level playing field, we create a chance for each child to have a successful school year.
Every single item we collect stays locally with children, teachers, and classrooms in Southern Kentucky. As of now, we are able to reach kids from Kindergarten thru High School and all benefit from the supplies of Stuff the Bus!
We have achieved this through year-round fundraising and fun filled event’s with local business partners, organizations, and countless donations from you and the community as a whole.
After a heartwarming response from the community. We are now able to offer even more to the community in need. Ranging from essential school supplies to start the academic year, backpack food for children on weekends and holidays. Scholarships for high school students, and meals for families in need during the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays.
Also, Stuff the Bus awards grants to help in the funding of other local agencies in need that have the same core values as the Stuff the bus Foundation.
Stuff the Bus Grants: During an open grant window an applicant may apply for a grant from the Stuff the Bus Foundation. Grants are awarded at the discretion of the Stuff the Bus Foundation and board.
Stuff the Bus Scholarship: Each July the Stuff the Bus Foundation awards multiple scholarships to deserving high school and college students. these can be applied for thru the WKU College Heights Foundation.
-When you make a tax deductible donation to The Stuff the Bus Foundation you will know that it is staying 100% local and is being used to help create an equal playing field for children both in the classroom and in their day to day life.
-Your donation will go to help ensure that on the first day of school the child had the basics from a backpack and crayons to flash drives, headphones, and other items that many go without but are often required.
-Your donation will help feed a child on the weekend or over holiday breaks thru our work with the Family Resource Centers and their backpack food programs.
-Your donation will help fund our scholarships for high school seniors that will have the opportunity to go to college and truly change their family tree.
-Your donation is controlled by YOU. You can designate your pledge to the county of your choice or a specific area that you would like it focused in.
-Your donation is truly appreciated and will move the meter as for as little as $50.00 thru Stuff the Bus you can make sure a child has the essential supplies they need on day one!
Stuff the bus Scholarships
Since 2005 the growth of the event can be directly tied to the community we serve.
Now with the addition of our WKU Stuff the Bus Scholarship Fund we continue to provide a path for children to succeed from kindergarten thru higher education.
Our Founding Father
Stuff the bus started from humble beginnings as a radio promotion over 14 years ago! One crazy radio personality (Tony Rose) saw a need in our community to help keep children from going to school under prepared, without even so much as a pencil or paper to start their educational journey.
From Tony Roses’s heart and the needs of children, The Stuff the Bus event was formed and the community came together to create a unique way to collect school supplies. To ensure that the children of Southern Kentucky received these supplies that crazy DJ (Tony Rose) slept on a bus until it was full! Thankfully the community responded all those years ago and has continued to support the Stuff the Bus ever since.
In the 14 years since that first crazy year, we have been able to impact thousands of young children and families in Kentucky. We have gone from having one bus with a few boxes of supplies for one county to collecting 25 tons of school supplies and helping children from 12 counties and counting!
We have grown from a radio stunt into a standalone non-profit in 2018. Tony doesn’t sleep on a bus anymore, but that is because we need all the room we can to get for the needed school supplies. We have now expanded our operations to add 5K’s, children’s Fun Runs, and a Turkey Drop to help meet the needs of children in our communities throughout the year.
Contact Us Today
The Foundation would not be possible without you and our community efforts. Help us keep The Foundation strong so we can continue our Stuff the Bus events. Let's get started, send us an email about how you would like to join our cause!
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The Foundation is always looking for help with Stuff the Bus Events. Find out which one you would like to be a part of to help the children in our community. Click the buttons to the right to get involved or donate!