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United Way Of Long Island Invests In Student Success

United Way of Long Island’s 2023 “Stuff-A-Bus” program provided over 5,000 backpacks filled with school supplies for kindergarten through 5th grade students across Nassau and Suffolk counties.

Corporate partners and community members dropped off donated school supplies at United Way’s Entenmann’s Family Center for Hope in Deer Park, NY. Volunteers came together to pack the supplies and load school buses so that no child would start the school year without the basics.

According to Neisah, a sixth grader who helped unpack much needed supplies at her school, “It feels amazing to help all these students. It feels great and our community, our school, is all about kindness.”

Education is essential to unlocking a student’s potential and achieving financial success. For many Long Island families, the cost of buying school supplies can be a significant burden. By providing backpacks and school supplies, United Way sets students up for academic success, while increasing the economic opportunity of students’ families.

Robert McCarthy, Principal of Loretta Park Elementary School in Brentwood, NY said, “We are lucky to have United Way of Long Island and Suffolk Transportation Services donate Stuff-A-Bus products to children who don’t have the opportunity to get supplies, and families that are struggling, and they truly benefit each year.”

Fifteen years ago, United Way of Long Island and Suffolk Transportation Services, Inc., launched the Stuff-A-Bus partnership. The program has provided more than 1 million back-to-school supplies to children in need.

“We are proud to give back to the students who need it the most, make sure no one feels left behind, and help begin their new school year on a fresh start,” said John Corrado, Assistant Vice President, Suffolk Transportation Services, Inc.

Theresa A. Regnante, United Way of Long Island President and CEO added, “It’s our pleasure to thank Suffolk Transportation Services for all the good our Stuff-A-Bus partnership continues to do. We look forward to building on this annual tradition that helps ensure Long Island children have the tools they need to be successful throughout the school year.”

United Way of Long Island extends gratitude and heartfelt thanks to our corporate partners, community members, and volunteers.

2023 Lead Sponsors: Suffolk Transportation Services, Inc.; Local 338

Alba Wheels Up; Amneal Pharmaceuticals; BDO USA; Christina Tursi; Citrin Cooperman; ClearVision Optical; CNA Insurance; Coach; Cohn Reznick; CPI Aerostructures. Inc.; Daughters of the Am. Rev, Ketewamoke Chapter; DriMark; East/West Industries; Family of Kidz; GRASSI; H2M Architects & Engineers; Keller Williams Realty; Laufer LLP; Merchants Insurance Group; Mobile Vascular Physicians; Narda-MITEQ; National Grid; Newsday; Oerlikon Surface Solutions; Oliver, Inc.; Polo/Ralph Lauren; Posillico; Rachel Kramer; Robertson, Anschutz, Schneid, Crane & Partners, PLLC; Ruskin Moscou Faltishchek Law Firm; RXR Realty; Salesmaster Associates; Sayville H.S. – Seniors; Schenck USA Corp.; Signature Premier Properties; Southern Glazer’s Wine & Spirits; Target; Tasty Brands; TTM Technologies; THE BOXERY; US Capital Mortgage; W Services Group; Webster Bank; Zebra Technologies

About United Way of Long Island

United Way of Long Island advances the common good, creating opportunities for a better life for all by focusing on three key building blocks: health, education, and financial stability. United Way invests in community partnerships to help our most vulnerable and at-risk residents through organizations and programs that grant equitable access to resources and services across the region. For more information about United Way of Long Island, please visit, call 2.1.1 or follow them on FacebookLinkedInX, and Instagram.

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