Each year, on the last Saturday morning in July, a group of dedicated volunteers work together, offering a United Way Breakfast to benefit a special event hosted by the United Way of Greater Oswego County.
The annual ‘Stuff A Buss” fundraiser helps to provide students in Oswego County the opportunity to go back to school with a full supply of tools they need to succeed during the school year.
The Clubhouse Tavern in Oswego hosts the breakfast each year and organizers say that the tavern gives true meaning to what it is to be a small business within the community for 20 years. The tavern started their collaborations with the United Way in 2006 as coordinators and hosts of the United Way Breakfast. Since then, their partnership has reached and benefited thousands of children in Oswego County.
Executive Producer, Patrick Dewine says the organization received a substantial amount of supplies last year. “Last year we were able to collect 30,910 school supplies for 1,677 children,” he says.
Since its inception thirteen years ago, the United Way Breakfast has raised over $25,000 to benefit 18,000 Oswego County children in need. All proceeds from this event help purchase much-needed school supplies for area children, preparing them with the necessary tools to learn, as they enter the new school year. Dewine believes the United Way event grows within every year. “It continues to grow as it gets more publicity, we get a better response from the community as well,” he added.
Board President, Clark Stanton explains the benefits he receives from this act of kindness. “It builds your confidence, if you can help one kid feel more confident and feel like he belongs at school. Then you’ve done something well, and we’re talking about thousands of kids, so yeah, it feels good,” he said.
The United Way Breakfast and Stuff-A-Bus event takes place Saturday July 28th from 8 to 11:30am at the Club House Tavern on West Second St., in Oswego. They ask for a minimal donation of $5 at the door, kids 10 and under are free and guests are also invited to bring a school supply to help with their stuff a bus fundraiser.
School supplies and donations will be accepted throughout the entire event. Along with pickup sites in all Oswego county school districts between August 20 and August 28th. Donations will be distributed to families late next month.
For more information about the event, specific pickup locations and general information about The United Way and Stuff-A-Bus visit, oswegounitedway.org.