Jul 13, 2016 NASHVILLE, Tenn.

United Way’s Stuff the Bus Days of Action Aims for Record Goals for 2016

Bridgestone sponsors United Way Stuff the Bus
Gary Garfield, CEO & President of Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

Our three-year partnership with United Way’s Stuff the Bus initiative demonstrates Bridgestone’s ongoing commitment to improving education in Metro Nashville Public Schools.

Gary Garfield, CEO & President of Bridgestone Americas, Inc.

Titans join presenting sponsor Bridgestone to support delivering more than 8,500 backpacks to MNPS students

United Way of Metropolitan Nashville, in partnership with Bridgestone Americas, Inc. and the Tennessee Titans are preparing to demonstrate a caring community’s commitment to the educational needs of Nashville’s most vulnerable children through the 2016 Stuff the Bus Days of Action.

Throughout July, United Way of Metropolitan Nashville’s largest volunteer opportunity of the year brings together corporate and community partners to participate in five unique opportunities (Collection Drives, Corporate Challenge, Field Day, Sort-A-Thon and Backpack Delivery). All opportunities will provide backpacks and school supplies to 8,500 vulnerable Nashville students at nine different Metropolitan Nashville Public Schools on the first day of school (Aug. 3). This outpouring of generosity promotes an environment where learning can begin on the first day of the new school year.

“Bridgestone is committed to improving the communities where we live and work,” said Gary Garfield, CEO & President of Bridgestone Americas, Inc. “Our three-year partnership with United Way’s Stuff the Bus initiative demonstrates Bridgestone’s ongoing commitment to improving education in Metro Nashville Public Schools and ensures these children have the necessary tools to build and strengthen their educational foundations.”

“The Tennessee Titans are thrilled to partner with Bridgestone Americas to sponsor United Way’s Stuff the Bus. This partnership is an example of how when we work together, we can achieve great things and have a positive effect on our community,” said Tennessee Titans Senior Vice President & CFO Jenneen Kaufman.  “The school supplies Stuff the Bus provides to more than 8,500 Nashville students will help them start the school year on the right path and show them that their community cares about their academic success.”  

Almost 75 percent of MNPS students receive free or reduced meals; this statistic indicates that they live at some level of poverty. Corporate and community partnerships on Stuff the Bus address specific needs; they also enable students to begin the school year with dignity and confidence. 

“When children have the tools they need to focus on obtaining a high quality education, they are more likely to become financially stable and live healthier lifestyles as adults,” said United Way of Metropolitan Nashville President & CEO Eric Dewey. “Powerful partnerships are critical components that allow us to improve community conditions for a larger number of Nashville students every year through Stuff the Bus Days of Action.”

Over the past six years, Stuff the Bus has provided 28,600 backpacks to MNPS students, as well as 396 teachers at benefiting schools. There are several ways for organizations and individuals to get involved:

  • Stuff the Bus Collection Drives: July 8 - 29
  • Stuff the Bus Field Day: Wednesday, July 12 at Bethlehem United Way Family Resource Center.
  • Stuff the Bus Corporate Challenge: July 1 – 26 at workplaces across the city.
  • Stuff the Bus Sort-A-Thon: Friday, July 29 at Grand Avenue Transportation – 186 N. First St.
  • Drop off donated school supplies at 250 Venture Circle.
  • Donate and sign up at unitedwaynashville.org/stuffthebus

For additional information about Stuff the Bus Days of Action, please visit: unitedwaynashville.org/stuffthebus.