News   |   Rates   |   Calculators   |   Community   |   Locations
About Us
Locations
History of Community First
Media Center
Annual Reports
News
The Credit Union Difference
Become a Member
Career Center
Community
Community Calendar
Board of Directors
Awards & Recognition
Contact Us
Financial Literacy
Employee Center
ABA Routing Number

How can we help you?

Quick Links

Checking & Savings
Mortgage & Home Equity
Loans & Credit Cards
Auto Buying Service
Investments & Insurance
Become a Member
Community Focus
Ask Us A Question:
Home About UsMedia CenterNews

Great Cover Up Diaper Drive draws donations from far and wide

Community First branches gather nearly 14,500 diapers and $567 during 5-week drive for Jake’s Diapers

Wednesday, July 24, 2019
 

From Waupaca, to Green Bay-De Pere, to the Lakeshore and the Fox Cities, the Great Cover Up Diaper Drive struck a chord with Community First member-owners along with others who took notice and chipped in.

Our 25 full-service branches throughout the region served as collection sites for product and cash donations that help fill a definite need, primarily among low-income families. 
 
“You should know that your impact goes much deeper than the diapers and donations collected at Community First Credit Union,” said Stephanie Bowers, co-founder and executive director of Jake’s Diapers. “We've had a number of people call because they saw the Community First signs or heard the radio ads. Instead of bringing diapers to you, they've chosen to bring them directly to us, including a large anonymous donation!”

Increased awareness of what Jake’s Diapers is all about has been another huge benefit. “We've had an increase in volunteer requests and questions about our organization,” Stephanie said.“Our volunteers have all noticed the Community First marquees and/or radio ads, and our community partner agencies have as well! It is truly fabulous what you are doing to help babies – and beyond babies – stay clean, dry, and healthy!”

Each month, Jake’s Diapers helps about 1,000 kids in Eastern Wisconsin and since its inception has helped over 15,000 children in 20 countries.

Overall, more than 100,000 diapers were collected during the drive, including nearly 14,500 from Community First, the largest single donor. Plus, donations to Community First branches totaled just over $567, including $235 from a home office bake sale and $50 from a group called the Sunshine Librarians thanks to the Waupaca branch marquee message.

The Sunshine Librarians are a group of Waupaca Area Public Library employees who independently created a fund to specifically help out local charitable organizations. Similarly, Wheels of Hope, a motorcycle group with a passion for helping people in need, delivered six cases of diapers and a case of wipes to the Industrial branch in Neenah.

Bowers started Jake’s Diapers in 2013 following a mission trip where she saw women in an impoverished area reusing disposable diapers because they lacked access to new diapers. It was a profound “life moment” for her and when she got home she organized a diaper drive among her friends. It was so successful, she decided to continue and named it Jake’s Diapers after her first son, who is now 6. Jake’s Diapers also collaborates with the Fox Cities Diaper Bank to ensure coverage throughout Northeast Wisconsin.

We provide diapers and adult items to babies, children and adults in need right here in Eastern Wisconsin,” Bowers said. “Our two main focus areas are Green Bay and Oshkosh, and we do serve families out in Wautoma and Waushara as well. These will all stay local and really help a lot of people stay clean, dry and healthy.

On June 27, about 20 Community First employees – organized by our United Way Emerging Leader co-chairs – volunteered to pack diapers at the Little Chute warehouse that houses Jake’s Diapers. 

The Community First bake sale was the idea of Dresang Way Receptionist-Concierge Barb Hale, who has also been sharing her seamstress skills with Jakes Diapers for several months.

I saw an ad in the volunteer section of the Post-Crescent wanting help sewing, so I have been helping them – making diapers, adult diapers and sanitary pads for other countries,” said Hale. Over the last six months, she figures she has sewn several hundred diapers, primarily removing snaps and sewing pads in existing diapers.



 
 

print this page
tell a friend
Resize the font:
2020 FCCCU scholarship rules form
Monday, February 17, 2020
Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs: Food bank volunteering proves inspirational
Monday, February 17, 2020
Exclusive Savings for Community First member-owners
Friday, February 14, 2020
Community First offers boost to Pillars’ Keys to Hope fundraiser
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Community First key partner in career, financial literacy center
Tuesday, February 4, 2020
Community First scholarship recipient eager for future
Friday, January 24, 2020
Three $1,000 college scholarships offered by area credit unions, applications due March 13
Thursday, January 2, 2020
Nominations Open for Celebrating Volunteers Youth Scholarship
Tuesday, December 24, 2019
Lifting spirits Police Lights of Christmas-style
Sunday, December 15, 2019
Thank you for leading the way in the fight against hunger
Monday, December 9, 2019
Waupaca celebrates members on 30th merger anniversary
Monday, November 25, 2019
Community First Champion Center a ‘testament to cooperation’
Friday, November 22, 2019
Police Lights of Christmas ‘just unbelievably special’
Tuesday, November 19, 2019
Community First engaged in ringing in the holidays
Thursday, October 31, 2019
Community First volunteers get into Halloween spirit while helping local non-profits
Thursday, October 3, 2019
Help Stock the Shelves to fight hunger in Wisconsin
Friday, August 30, 2019
Fox Jazz Fest celebrates Wisconsin’s special connection to jazz
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Great Cover Up Diaper Drive draws donations from far and wide
Friday, July 19, 2019
Avid anglers love assisting youth on Community First Free Fishing Day
Thursday, July 11, 2019
‘Meraki Warriors’ Rally for a Reason in Green Bay
Friday, June 28, 2019
Volunteer of the Year, 92, likes break from ‘peace and quiet’
Friday, May 24, 2019
Appleton East’s Sydney Olmsted top youth volunteer
Thursday, May 23, 2019
Community First-sponsored Celebrate De Pere kicks off busy summer of events
Wednesday, May 15, 2019
Mr. Lucky’s Team raises $3,159 through MS Walk
Friday, May 3, 2019
Community First and Sexual Assault Crisis Center chosen for Business Partnership honor
Wednesday, April 24, 2019
Community First members awarded three $1,000 Greater Fox Cities Chapter of Credit Unions scholarships
Tuesday, April 23, 2019
FVTC student grateful for $500 Community First scholarship
Thursday, March 14, 2019
Honoring the Legacy of Community First Founder Maury Dresang
Friday, February 22, 2019
Community First CU teams serve up hope and compassion at Pillars
Wednesday, February 20, 2019
Community First accepting donations to honor New London teenager killed in a tragic car crash
Wednesday, February 6, 2019
Community rallying to help Manawa family after devastating home fire
Tuesday, January 8, 2019
Applications, nominations open for Community First-sponsored scholarships
Wednesday, January 2, 2019
Community First’s ‘Magic Minute’ shopping spree benefits individuals experiencing homelessness
Site Search:   Home    |    Contact Us    |    Site Map    |    Privacy Policy
Community First Credit Union   P.O. Box 1487  Appleton, WI    54912-1487 920.830.7200    1.866.273.2328
Web Design & Content Management System by Cambium Group, LLC