United Way of Northwest Arkansas and Walmart partner to “Fill the Bus” in Northwest Arkansas on August 3 and 4, 2018.

In partnership with Walmart, BIC, Crayola, Coca-Cola and 3M, Fill the Bus is an initiative that provides a step out of poverty for children in Northwest Arkansas. Fill the Bus is a school supply drive at the nine area Walmart Supercenters and supplies are entrusted to 12 area school districts and area non-profits serving children and their families. This program supports children in our community by helping them start school with confidence and gives them the literal tools they need to succeed.

United Way staff and volunteers will spend Friday, August 3 and Saturday, August 4 filling the bus with school supplies at all the Walmart Supercenters in Benton, Madison, and Washington counties in Arkansas and McDonald County in Missouri.


Volunteer Sign-Up Closed

Yes, we are collecting monetary donations for the school districts. There are several ways to donate this year:

– Text FTB to 30306 to donate

– or you can send a check to our office, please mark on the memo line

FTB school donation.


United Way of Northwest Arkansas

100 Parkwood St.

Lowell, AR 72745

How can my child get school supplies?

If your child(ren) are in need of school supplies please contact your school nurse and or school counselors.

Where do the supplies go?

Supplies collected from the buses during Fill the Bus weekend will go directly to school districts – distributed by school counselors, nurses and other personnel. Supplies collected through corporate drives will be directed to help rural school districts and area nonprofits.

How do I sign up to volunteer?

To volunteer text the code UWNWAFTB to 00-000.

I can’t participate during the actual event but I would like to host a school supply drive. How should I do that?

Email Erin O’Keefe at to request our Fill the Bus toolkit to host a school supply drive at your office.

What stores are participating this year?

– 406 S. Walton Blvd, Bentonville
– 3919 N. Mall Avenue, Fayetteville
– 2875 W. Martin Luther King Blvd, Fayetteville
– 121 Lee Street, Huntsville
– 4208 Pleasant Crossing Blvd, Rogers
– 2110 W. Walnut Street, Rogers
– 2901 Highway 412, Siloam Springs
– 4870 Elm Springs Road, Springdale
– 2004 S. Pleasant Street, Springdale
– 100 Commercial Lane, Pineville, Missouri

What supplies are most needed?

Older kid supplies! Most people think about crayons and glue for little kids but do not purchase supplies for older students. Backpacks, loose leaf paper, folders with brads, 3 ring binders, highlighters, scissors, etc. Lists of needed items will be provided at the Walmart locations during the event.

I’m REALLY passionate about helping kids start school with everything they need. How can I go above and beyond to help out?

Older student supplies! Most people think about crayons and glue for younger children but do not purchase supplies for older students. Backpacks, loose leaf paper, folders with brads, three ring binders, highlighters, scissors, etc.

Calling all local businesses, we are currently recruiting companies to host corporate supply drives in order to assist the United Way of Northwest Arkansas in their annual Fill the Bus campaign.

What supplies should you collect?

Typical school supplies needed are pencils, pens, paper, notebooks, markers, crayons, rulers, tape, glue sticks, and backpacks for children in grades K-12.  Companies are welcome to focus their drive on certain supplies, such as crayons and markers, or hold a drive for all supplies.

When should the drive take place?

Corporate drives traditionally run a 2-week drive at their company location(s) during the dates listed below:

  • Monday, June 4, 2018 to end Friday, July 13, 2018.

By investing in our children today, we are providing them a path to a brighter future tomorrow. Every child deserves a chance to succeed. To become a Corporate Drive Champion click the button below. 



With you help, we collected over 500 boxes of supplies or School Districts in Northwest Arkansas and Southwest Missouri.

Impact Quote

“The donations we received truly left us speechless!  The generosity of our community members and success of the drive was truly amazing.  I believe this was the largest drive yet.  I greatly appreciate everyone at the United Way and the continued support of our student, schools, and community!”


Last year over 20 companies hosted corporate drives for 11 nonprofit organizations and rural schools. 

Interested in volunteering with Fill The Bus?

Email if you are interested in volunteering