What You Need To Know
Who puts on the event?
Fill the Bus is an initiative presented by United Way of Northwest Arkansas and Walmart that helps to create a pathway out of poverty for children in our community. The program supports NWA children by helping them start school with confidence and by giving them the literal tools they need to succeed.
When and where is Fill the Bus 2016?
Fill the Bus 2016 is happening on Friday, July 22nd from 10:30am-8:30pm and on Saturday, July 23rd fro m10:30am-3:00pm. Volunteers can register through our website (www.unitedwaynwa.org)
Fill the Bus happens at all Walmart Supercenters across Bentonville, Rogers, Springdale, Siloam Springs, Fayetteville, Huntsville and Pineville, MO. We have 10 locations across NWA and Southwest Missouri where we work to Fill the Bus!
Why Support Fill the Bus?
Fill the Bus has been a staple event for Northwest Arkansas for more than a decade. This annual school supply drive enables our community to impact the future of kids in Northwest Arkansas. The support of the NWA community has allowed this event to grow of the past 10 years. Last year we raised more than 110,000 items of donated school supplies that were distributed to 16 local school districts in Northwest Arkansas and 1 in Southwest Missouri.
The program supports NWA children by helping them start school with confidence and by giving them the literal tools they need to succeed. By investing in our children today we are providing them a path to a brighter future tomorrow. Every child deserves the chance to succeed.
Volunteer at Fill the Bus
Volunteers are vital to the success of the Fill the Bus event. Volunteers may register in 2 hour shifts between 10:30am-8:30pm on Friday, July 22nd and beteween 10:30am-3:00pm on Saturday, July 23rd. Register to volunteer, here!
Volunteers will receive a free volunteer t-shirt at the event. We provide water, Power Ade and snacks but do suggest that all volunteers come prepared for the heat with hats, fans, ect.
Host a Company School Supply Drive
Not able to make the event? That’s okay! Your company can host a school supply drive within your business anytime before the Fill the Bus event! All supplies raised through company school supply drives will help us to support the rural schools in Northwest Arkansas. Contact Kelsey Brock ([email protected]) for more info!
Donate to United Way NWA
All monetary donations made between June 22nd and August 1st with the comment “Fill the Bus” will go to supporting this years initiative to provide children of all ages with new backpacks to start the school year off right!
For questions about how to get involved, please contact Kelsey ([email protected]) or 479.303.4426