CIS-SA Stuff The Bus School Supply Drive

The Communities In Schools of San Antonio annual Stuff The Bus School Supply Drive provides free school supplies to thousands of underserved students and families throughout the school year.  Back-to-school expenses can be difficult for many San Antonio families as some students are unable to get all the supplies they need on their required school supply list. We invite YOU to get involved to ensure EVERY student has the tools they need for school! We have three convenient ways to get involved. See more information below to join us in supporting students within our community! Once you register, you will be invited to a virtual kick off meeting happening on Friday, June 9th from 11:30 to 12:30 p.m.

About Communities In Schools of San Antonio (CIS-SA)

Working directly in about 160 schools across 13 school districts, Communities In Schools of San Antonio builds relationships that empower students to stay in school and succeed in life.  Our school-based staff partner with teachers to identify challenges students face in class or at home and coordinate with community partners to bring outside resources inside schools. From immediate needs like food or clothing to more complex ones like counseling or emotional support, we do whatever it takes to help students succeed.

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Three Ways to Support Stuff The Bus

You may participate in one or more ways!

1. Raise Funds Online

Want to get your company or organization involved? Register and receive a unique fundraising page link to share with your colleagues, customers, or others in your network. Funds collected will be used to purchase necessary supplies for each campus. As a Team Captain or Team Member, you will engage & inspire others to give. We have pre-set templates you can use for emails and social media which can be found on the Fundraising Toolkit page We make it easy for our team captains! Last day to raise funds: August 15th at 11:59 p.m.

Looking for a team page? Click here.

2. Collect School Supplies In Person

Invite your network to donate supplies by placing a collection bin in your office! A backpack, notepad, or package of markers goes a long way for our kids. We'll provide you with a list of most requested school supply items. Collection drives may begin in June and must conclude the first week of August. Final collections will need to be dropped off to CIS-SA at a designated location and day.

Note: This is for organized corporate/civic drives. We only accept donations from individual community members on Saturday, August 5th at participating HEB locations.

3. Volunteer on Stuff The Bus Day (Saturday, August 5th @ H-E-B)

On Saturday, August 5, 2023, CIS-SA staff and volunteers will invite H-E-B customers to join the cause and donate supplies as part of their shopping experience. Volunteers will serve at 1 of 34 participating H-E-B locations to cover a 9:00- 5:00 p.m. shift. Click here to express your interest in volunteering. 

See What Your Donations Can Provide Our Students:

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Stuff The Bus Partner Recognition

We appreciate all Stuff The Bus partners, regardless of the amount raised! Everyone will receive a Certificate of Appreciatiorecognizing your efforts.​

Top Partner Recognition​

  • If you are considered one of the top 3 fundraisers based on your organization size, you will receive the following appreciation perks:

    • An invitation to a campus visit in the  Fall (limited number of participants based on campus capacity). ​This is a great opportunity to enjoy light refreshments, hear about the impact of your efforts, learn more about the CIS-SA programming, and take a photo​.

    • We will place a branded sign with your company name/logo in our CIS-SA campus office to recognize your support year-round. 

    • You will also receive a special social media video shout out recognizing your efforts.

Need Help or Have Questions?

Please email Jessica Hannah, Director of Donor Relations, at or at 210-520-8440 ext. 230.

Thanks To Our Stuff The Bus Supporters

  • Anonymous I just bought some supplies for my own business use. I couldn’t do my projects as effectively as I do if I didn’t have the right tools. I feel the same way when it comes to school supplies. You need the right school supplies and we hope this small donat 4 weeks ago $105.00
  • Community Drives- Collective Impact 5 weeks ago $96,737.00
  • Whataburger 5 weeks ago $2,500.00
  • Feel At Home, Assisted living Kappa Alpha Psi, San Antonio Alumni Chapter Last month $52.50
  • Marthon Employees Last month $1,640.00
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  • HEB Customers In Kind Value of supplies donated on Stuff The Bus Day Last month $109,476.00
  • Community Drives- Collective Impact 5 weeks ago $96,737.00
  • Monetary Donations from HEB Customers on STB Day Monetary Donations from HEB Customers on STB Day Last month $20,017.00
  • Anonyomous Last month $20,000.00
  • Wyatt Law Firm We love giving to the kids and those in need July 2023 $5,250.00
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Check Out Our 2022 Impact!

For over 20 years, the Communities In Schools of San Antonio Stuff The Bus (STB) School Supply Drive has helped thousands of students and families in need.  During the 2023-2024 school year, the STB supplies will be distributed to about 160 schools in San Antonio and surrounding areas (elementary-high school) across 13 school districts.  This allows all students at each campus to have access to free school supplies throughout the school year. Each time you participate in the Stuff The Bus School Supply Drive, you entrust Communities In Schools of San Antonio to direct your gifts to where they are needed most. This includes, but is not limited to, the purchase of school supplies, technology and uniforms needed by our students.