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 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! Click here to view our FAQ'S.

Save The Date!

  • KENS5 Phone Bank
    • Tuesday, July 23rd during the 4 p.m., 5 p.m. and 6 p.m. newscast.
    • Call in to KENS5 during our annual Phone Bank to make a monetary donation 
  • Stuff The Bus Day at H-E-B
    • Saturday, August 3rd from 9 a.m. - 5 p.m. at your local HEB store​​​​​​​
    • Purchase school supplies at your local H-E-B store and drop them off at the collection bin with our CIS-SA staff and volunteers.

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

Working directly in over 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. 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 by Wednesday, July 31st. All collected supplies will need to be dropped off to a desginated location on Thursday, August 1st.

Note: This is for organized corporate/civic drives. We only accept donations from individual community members on Saturday, August 3rd at participating HEB locations.

2. 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: Thursday, August 15th at 11:59 p.m.

Looking for a team page? Click here.

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

On Saturday, August 3, 2024, 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 35 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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Check Out These Stuff The Bus Events & Deals hosted by Partners

  • Host : Coldwell Banker D'Ann Harper Realtors
  • Date: Thursday, July 18th from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. 
  • Location: Tuscany Center Parking Lot, 18756 Stone Oak Parkway, San Antonio, TX 78258 
  • Description: Come to donate school supplies and stay to enjoy food trucks and photo ops with a school bus and the SAPD.

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  • Host: San Antonio Hispanic Chamber of Commerce Mixer
  • Date:  Thursday, July 25th from 5 - 7 p.m.
  • Location: SAHCC headquarters at Port San Antonio
  • Description: Your school supply donation is your admission to an evening of light bites, music, and networking. Additionally, you’ll have the opportunity to hear from CIS-SA and Councilwoman Dr. Adriana Rocha Garcia. Don't miss this chance to support a worthy cause while connecting with fellow community members.Click here to register.

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  • Host: Bexar County & Main Plaza Conservancy
  • Date: Friday, July 26th from 12- 2 p.m.
  • Location: Main Plaza, 115 Main Plaza San Antonio, TX
  • Description: Enjoy food trucks, music, & a chance to discover Historic Sites and stories through the descendant groups interactive family activities. Donate school supplies for underserved students.

Recent Activity

Thanks To Our Stuff The Bus Supporters

  • Harvey E. Najim 11 hours ago $5,000.00
  • Peter Hosey 12 hours ago $250.00
  • Sloan PLLC 14 hours ago $250.00
  • Megan Kucera 14 hours ago $52.50
  • Anonymous 16 hours ago
  • HEB 2 days ago $25,000.00
  • Harvey E. Najim 11 hours ago $5,000.00
  • Perry Homes 4 weeks ago $5,000.00
  • Port San Antonio Direct support to area children for educational success 4 weeks ago $1,500.00
  • Lundy & Franke Engineering, Inc. Children 3 weeks ago $735.00

Check Out Our 2023 Impact!

For nearly 30 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 2024 - 2025 school year, the STB supplies will be distributed to over160 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.

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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 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.

Need Help or Have Questions?

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