Expo moves to SAHS

Volunteer information, ‘Stuff the Bus’ event Tuesday

United Way of Washington County-East and Community Thread co-host the 4th annual Volunteer Expo from 4 to 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Stillwater Area High School’s cafeteria.
This event is a great way for the community to learn about different volunteer opportunities. More than 30 organizations were at last year’s expo offering volunteer opportunities for everyone.  Community Thread and UWWC-E present the expo to bring the community together and give everyone the opportunity to learn about getting involved.
Included at Tuesday’s Volunteer Expo is a “Stuff the Bus” campaign seeking donated school supplies including,but not limited to, wide- and college-ruled notebooks, 12- or 24-packs of No. 2 pencils, 24-pack Crayola crayons, 8-pack Crayola washable markers, glue sticks, fun folders, backpacks and graphing calculators. School supplies will be collected and donated to schools for children in need.
“It’s important for each student to start the school year off right with the correct school supplies,” said UWWC-E Executive Director Angie Lien.  “We couldn’t think of a better way to promote the volunteer expo than with an added ‘Stuff the Bus’ campaign.”
“We are thrilled to host this year’s volunteer expo at Stillwater Area High School. The location is central to our community and it’s a great place to host an event of this size and nature,” added Community Thread Executive Director Valerie Jones. “We are expecting an increase in attendance and hope to connect even more organizations and volunteers for the good of our community.”
With 6 percent of county residents living in poverty, it can be difficult for everyone to make ends meet. By providing students school-related materials they need, the “Fill the Bus” effort tries to close the gap and ensure every student has a chance to flourish.