Community raises $33,980 for Dollars for Diapers

By Kara Patterson • Post-Crescent staff writer
June 23, 2012


APPLETON — The Post-Crescent’s 2012 “Dollars for Diapers” Do It! Community Challenge wrapped up by raising $33,980, an amount that’s 13.3 percent over the campaign’s $30,000 goal.

The fundraiser, which began on Mother’s Day and ended on June 17, Father’s Day — supports the Fox Cities Diaper Bank.

“Hundreds of low-income Fox Valley infants are in a better place today, thanks to the generosity of our readers and community partners,” said Dan Flannery, The P-C’s executive editor. “We continue to be humbled by, and thankful for, their support.”

The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region handles the funds.

The contributions included a $10,000 matching donation from the J. J. Keller Foundation and a $5,000 matching grant from United Way Fox Cities.

“We’re a basic needs funder, and diapers certainly fit that definition for families with young children,” said Mary Harp-Jirschele, J. J. Keller Foundation’s executive director. “We are proud to collaborate on this important community initiative.”

A total of $18,980 came in through 303 other donations, including those in memory or in honor of others, anonymous contributions, or donations from civic and community organizations and businesses.

Corporate contributions include $1,000 from Mills Fleet Farm, $1,000 from U.S. Venture Co. and $800 from Women’s Care of Wisconsin SC.

Campaign proceeds translate into the purchase of diapers for the Diaper Bank, an initiative of United Way Fox Cities.

“We know that one in every three families struggles to buy diapers, and often they have to cut back on other basic needs including food, utilities or child care,” said Nanci Micke, vice president of marketing and communications at United Way Fox Cities. “‘Dollars for Diapers’ makes it possible to truly have a ‘bank’ of diapers that can be distributed on a regular basis through our local agencies.”

The Diaper Bank launched last year after local and national research showed that many low-income families struggle to keep their babies dry and healthy because they can’t afford adequate disposable diapers.

Many child care facilities require disposable — not cloth — diapers for children who are not toilet-trained, and many laundromats do not allow cloth diapers to be cleaned in their machines.

Valley Packaging stores the diapers, which supplement supplies for low-income families who are clients of the Salvation Army-Fox Cities, St. Joseph Food Program in Menasha, the Hortonville Community Food Pantry and Community 2000 in Seymour.

“The Fox Cities Diaper Bank makes a long-term difference in the lives of families who need help,” Flannery said. “Keeping kids dry and healthy goes a long way in helping their parents build a better life for the family.”

Last day to help ‘Dollars for Diapers’ campaign

June 16, 2012


APPLETON — Today is the final day for donations in The Post-Crescent’s “Dollars for Diapers” Do It! Community Campaign, which already has exceeded its $30,000 goal.

The fundraiser, which supports the Fox Cities Diaper Bank, stands at $32,255.

“We can’t thank the kind people of the Fox Valley enough,” said Dan Flannery, The P-C’s executive editor. “Whenever we put a worthy cause in front of them, they respond in a positive and gratifying way.”

Donations made online today, or received in the mail this week by the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, will be included in the final total. The “Dollars for Diapers” campaign runs annually from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day.

To date, 278 donations have been made to the campaign, with the overwhelming majority of those from individual contributors. The donations are used to purchase diapers for the Diaper Bank.

“Dollars for Diapers” also received matching grants of $10,000 from the J. J. Keller Foundation and $5,000 from United Way Fox Cities, which developed the Fox Cities Diaper Bank, and continues to oversee the program.

Mills Fleet Farm made a $1,000 corporate donation, and $800 was donated by Women’s Care of Wisconsin.

“One of the great things about our Do It! campaigns is the generosity from all sectors of our community,” Flannery said.

“We treasure the support from all — from businesses to the smallest of individual donations. In this campaign, every dollar makes a difference in the health of a Fox Cities baby.”

The diaper bank launched in 2011 after local and national research showed that many low-income families struggle to keep their babies dry and healthy because they can’t afford adequate disposable diapers. Many child care facilities require disposable — not cloth — diapers for children who aren’t toilet-trained, and many laundromats do not allow cloth diapers to be cleaned in their machines.

Valley Packaging stores the Fox Cities Diaper Bank’s diapers, which supplement supplies for low-income families who are clients of the Salvation Army-Fox Cities, St. Joseph Food Program in Menasha, the Hortonville Community Food Pantry and Community 2000 in Seymour.

‘Dollars for Diapers’ exceeds campaign goal

By Cheryl Anderson • Post-Crescent staff writer
June 13, 2012


APPLETON — Hundreds of low-income Fox Valley infants have gotten a generous helping hand over the past four-plus weeks.

With the support of more than 260 individual donors and groups, The Post-Crescent’s “Dollars for Diapers” Do It! Community Challenge has exceeded its $30,000 campaign in support of the Fox Cities Diaper Bank.

With four days remaining in the fund-raiser, donations have reached $31,005.

“This is another reminder of how remarkable and supportive the Fox Valley is,” said Dan Flannery, The P-C’s executive editor. “We’ve made such a strong push on this worthy cause in the past couple of weeks, and that’s a testament to the caring of our readers and partners.”

One of this week’s donations came from Women’s Care of Wisconsin, which donated $800.

“Women’s Care is proud to support the women and babies within the communities it serves,” said Cassie Johnson, marketing associate for Women’s Care of Wisconsin, which has locations in Appleton, Oshkosh, Neenah, Waupaca and New London. “‘Dollars for Diapers’ aligns perfectly with our goal of encouraging happy, healthy babies.”

The $31,005 total also includes a $10,000 matching donation from the J. J. Keller Foundation, a $5,000 matching grant from United Way Fox Cities, and a $1,000 corporate donation from Mills Fleet Farm.

Campaign proceeds, which are handled by the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, are used to purchase diapers for the Diaper Bank, an initiative of United Way Fox Cities. The Diaper Bank launched in 2011 after local and national research showed that many low-income families struggle to keep their babies dry and healthy because they can’t afford adequate disposable diapers.

Many child care facilities require disposable — not cloth — diapers for children who are not toilet-trained, and many laundromats do not allow cloth diapers to be cleaned in their machines.

Valley Packaging stores the diapers, which supplement supplies for low-income families who are clients of the Salvation Army-Fox Cities, St. Joseph Food Program in Menasha, the Hortonville Community Food Pantry and Community 2000 in Seymour.

The annual campaign — the second of The P-C’s four annual Do It! Community Challenges — runs from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day. Donations can be made in honor of parents, Flannery said.

“We still have several days to accept donations, and those will make an even larger difference in the lives of low-income families,” he said. “You still have time to make Mom and Dad proud with your kindness and your contribution.”

‘Unprecedented’ start to Stock the Shelves campaign

Almost 23 percent of goal for hunger relief reached in first four days

 

Written by The Post-Crescent
October 18, 2012


APPLETON — In the previous 17 years of The Post-Crescent’s “Stock the Shelves” Do It! Community Challenge, the campaign has never started this strong.

Over the first four days of the 2012 campaign, which benefits Fox Valley food pantries and programs, donations already total $57,332 — 22.9 percent of the $250,000 goal.

“That’s just stunning,” said Dan Flannery, The P-C’s executive editor. “Thanks to a $25,000 donation and matching grants from our four major partners, this ‘Stock the Shelves’ campaign is off to an unprecedented start, and could make a greater difference than ever before.”

The four-day total includes a $25,000 donation from the Mowry Smith Charitable Fund within the Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region, as well as matching funds from the J. J. Keller Foundation, Express Convenience Centers, the Fox Cities Chapter of Credit Unions and Kimberly-Clark Corp.’s “K-C Cares” program.

The four major partners have made $120,000 available in matching funds. The Keller Foundation and Express each have donated $35,000, while Fox Cities credit unions and K-C Cares each have donated $25,000.

Individual donations are matched dollar-for-dollar up to $120,000. This week’s individual donations to date are $28,666.

The campaign, which began Sunday, is scheduled to end Sunday, Nov. 25. St. Joseph Food Pantry in Menasha will receive 40 percent of the proceeds, with 20 percent to The Salvation Army-Fox Cities.

Another 20 percent will be divided equally among the other pantries in the program, and the final 20 percent will be placed in accounts for “Stock the Shelves” beneficiaries that are partners of Feeding America Eastern Wisconsin (FAEW).

FAEW joined the “Stock the Shelves” program this year to administer and verify the status of all pantries and programs that receive the fundraiser’s donations.

The Community Foundation for the Fox Valley Region collects and distributes donations.

Across the 10 sites in Gannett Wisconsin Media, a $610,000 goal has been established, to benefit more than 100 pantries and programs. The Green Bay Press-Gazette and the Oshkosh Northwestern partner with The P-C in a Fox Valley campaign that has a goal of $415,000.