With the new school year just around the corner, Valley of the Sun United Way needs volunteers to help collect school supplies and other donations through Aug. 7 for the Fulton Homes Stuff the Bus for Kids in Need promotion at Chandler Fashion Center.
Volunteers accept and document the donations at the drop-off location in the mall, 3111 W. Chandler Blvd. Morning (11 a.m. to 3 p.m.) and afternoon (3 p.m. to 7 p.m.) shifts are available.
According to the United Way, recent census figures showed that 21 percent of Arizonans - nearly 1 in 5 - live in poverty. As families struggle to meet basic needs, they lack the resources for other essentials, like pencils, crayons, and other school supplies kids need for the new school year. Go to www.vsuw.org/stb to sign up as a Stuff the Bus volunteer, find a list of needed supplies, or learn about other ways you can help.