Volunteer Ascension, an organization that helps Ascension Parish residents in need, challenges businesses to Stuff the Bus on July 16.

Each year, Stuff the Bus provides school supplies to area students. Last year, four buses were filled with school supplies, Volunteer Ascension Executive Sherry Denig said.

In an effort not to duplicate items, Volunteer Ascension has created categories for professionals and businesses, along with a list of what items Volunteer Ascension is asking from each of them.

The supplies needed from attorneys, telecommunications and technology employees are jump drives, two-inch binders, dividers for binders and composition books; from certified public accountants, insurance agents and accountants are rulers, pencils and packets of colored Bic pens; and from builders and contractors, architects and engineers, Volunteer Ascension is asking for crayons, markers and construction paper.

Also, from hospitals, doctor’s offices, dental offices and medical facilities, hand sanitizer, tissues and paper towels are needed.

Restaurants are encouraged to donate loose-leaf paper, notebooks and composition books.

Clubs and organizations are asked to donate dry erase equipment (markers, erasers and the cleaning supplies — not dry erase boards) and pocket folders; and from churches, scissors, glue and glue sticks are needed.

Law enforcement personnel are asked to donate loose-leaf paper, notebooks, composition books.

Fire service employees and EMTs are asked to donate scissors, glue and glue sticks; and miscellaneous businesses are asked to donate dry erase equipment (markers, erasers and the cleaning supplies — not dry erase boards), pocket folders, jump drives, two-inch binders and dividers for binders. Also, composition books, crayons, markers, construction paper, rulers, pencils and packets of colored pens.

Plants, chemical and industrial support services and local municipalities are asked to donate cash or gift cards to stores that sell school supplies.

A site for the event will be announced in coming weeks, Denig said.

Visit the website, www.volun teerascension.org to make donations, view volunteer opportunities, and for updates on the school supply project.