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Help central Iowa kids READ to SUCCEED!

Research shows that having access to books leads to higher reading scores and, ultimately, a better chance of graduating high school. While middle-income households have more than 10 books per child, on average, there is one book for every 300 children in low-income households. 

Our goal is to give 2,000 central Iowa children access to a library of 10 new books each. 

You can help

Purchase NEW books from our recommended list and bring them to a Stuff the Bus drop-off location at a participating company listed on this page during their book drive in spring 2019. 

The books will be distributed to United Way’s funded partner programs, child care centers, and in-home child care providers who serve kids—babies through young adults.

Learn more about the importance of new books.

Sign up your organization to participate

Organizations can sign up to host a book drive. We'll provide the toolkit to make it easy! 

Sign up for Stuff the Bus


For questions about this event, please contact Vanessa at

2019 Participating Locations

Find a box labeled with Stuff the Bus to place your donated new books. These locations are participating: 

  • Athene USA
  • Bankers Trust
  • Continental Western Group
  • Delta Dental of Iowa
  • Des Moines Area Regional Transit Authority
  • Des Moines Capital Ortho
  • DLL Group
  • DSM Book Festival
  • EY
  • Farm Bureau Financial Services
  • Farmers Mutual Hail
  • GuideOne Insurance
  • Homesteaders Life Company
  • Kum & Go
  • MidAmerican Energy
  • The Meyvn Group
  • The National Benefit Corporation
  • Nationwide
  • NCMIC | Professional Solutions 
  • SHAZAM, Inc.
  • Telligen
  • United Way of Central Iowa
  • UPS
  • Venerable
  • Wells Fargo
  • Wright Service Corp.

Thank you to our event sponsor!


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Stuff the Bus is a part of READ to SUCCEED, United Way of Central Iowa’s multiyear campaign to increase third-grade reading proficiency in central Iowa to 90 percent by the year 2020. Get involved at