E-Newsletter Issue 9
600 kindergartners received books to take home and practice reading.
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Books are dino-mite
Over the past three years, United Way Fox Cities, in partnership with Depend, has provided books  for more than 2,200 children throughout the Fox Cities.

Depend (a brand of Kimberly-Clark) and United Way are coming together to promote healthy, active, and independent living throughout an individual's life, with a focus on volunteering. As a result of this partnership, United Way Fox Cities has been the recipient of grant money provided by Depend to expand volunteer activities and outreach.

Thanks to this year's funding from Depend, 60 volunteers donated time to promote early childhood literacy. Volunteers packed kits with new Scholastic books, custom-made bookmarks, and information for caregivers regarding the importance of reading to their children. Completed kits were given to nearly 600 kindergartners to boost at-home libraries.

Meet ALICE
Whether you know it or not, you know ALICE. ALICE educates our children, keeps us healthy, and makes our quality of life possible. ALICE, is a United Way acronym which stands for Asset Limited, Income Constrained, Employed. In plain terms, ALICE is a way of defining, measuring, and understanding our families, neighbors, and colleagues who work hard and earn above the federal poverty level, but do not earn enough to afford a basic household budget.

United Way of Wisconsin collaborated with research partners to release an ALICE report, revealing that 42% of Wisconsin households can't afford the basics of housing, food, health care, child care, and transportation, despite working. United Ways across Wisconsin are using the ALICE report to educate and engage their communities about strategies for long-term systemic change. We recognize and thank Thrivent Financial Foundation and U.S. Venture for funding the ALICE Project in Wisconsin.

Dirty diapers stink
One in three Wisconsin families struggles to find enough money to keep their children in dry diapers. Babies left in wet diapers can experience severe rashes and urinary tract infections.

The Post-Crescent's Dollars for Diapers Campaign, raised $27,000 to help the Fox Cities Diaper Bank, an initiative of United Way Fox Cities, stock diapers in a variety of sizes.

Thank you to contributing partners in this year's campaign: Post-Crescent/Gannett/USA Today, Kimberly-Clark Corp./Huggies, Thrivent Financial, Fox Communities Credit Union and other local credit unions (Badger Globe, Capital, Evergreen Prospera, St. Elizabeth Employees, Thrivent Federal, Unison), and Community Foundation of the Fox Valley Region.
 
Thank you also to J.J. Keller Foundation for their contribution to the community fund  and to all of the community members who donated!

100,000 Diapers
During the Post-Crescent's Dollars for Diapers Campaign, Kimberly-Clark Corporation and Huggies donated 100,000 diapers to the Fox Cities Diaper Bank. The donation represents nearly a third of the 300,000-400,000 diapers distributed by the Fox Cities Diaper Bank each year and will make a big difference in the lives of struggling families.

Thank you Kimberly-Clark!

How 2-1-1 helped Joe
At United Way Fox Cities we help people like Joe. 

Joe called United Way 2-1-1 in tears. United Way 2-1-1 is a free, confidential phone number anyone can call, any time of day, seven days a week to connect to health and human services. He shared that his wife was hospitalized and he was going to be the sole source of income for his family, including three children.

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