By Christiana Tawzer Brown
Volunteer Coordinator VISTA

I have long heard of United Way of Salt Lake, but as a recent hired employee I have been able to see and be a part of the collective work of United Way. Working on Stuff the Bus has given me a new appreciation for all the efforts that go into volunteer events. On Saturday, September 2nd we had 25 volunteers from our Summer of Service help us sort, count, and box the supplies for Stuff the Bus.

The following Wednesday we had 20 more great volunteers who helped to move all the supplies from our storefront to the Grand Hall at the Gateway. Many thanks to the Wells Fargo employees and students from the Honors Student Advisory Committee at the U. And we could not have done all the moving without the generous help from All My Sons moving company; talk about efficient!

The long-awaited Day of Caring arrived, and any doubts I had were washed away with the support of many United Way staff and 150+ spirited volunteers. Together we stuffed 5,000 backpacks totaling roughly 31,000 school supply items! We have already received emails from school principals letting us know how excited the kids were to receive the backpacks.  Thanks to all those who participated in Stuff the Bus!

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