Hygiene Donations from 750 Employers, Churches & Schools To Be Gathered, Counted, Delivered to 83 Local Crisis Programs

Published Monday, March 14, 2016

What:               Donations to The Family’s 24th Annual “Help for the Homeless” hygiene drive will be gathered from 750 collection sites next week, sorted, counted and delivered to 83 participating Northeast and Central Wisconsin crisis programs. We work in collaboration with the homeless coalitions in Appleton/Fox Cities, Brown County/Green Bay, Chilton, Fond du Lac, Manitowoc, Marshfield, Oconto/Marinette, Oshkosh, Rhinelander/Crandon/Antigo, Seymour, Stevens Point, Waupaca, Wisconsin Rapids and Wausau areas. More than $1.7 million dollars’ worth of products have been donated since 2008. Web Page: http://919.thefamily.net/help-for-the-homeless.php 

When:              March 14-18 (see dates for specific communities below

Where:             The following communities invite your coverage of “The BIG Sort”!

  • Appleton/Fox Cities, March 18: 1st English Lutheran, 6997 N Ballard Rd, Appleton. 6:30am-10
  • Brown County/Green Bay, March 17: Green Bay Community Church, 600 Cardinal Lane, 8-2
  • Fond du Lac, March 14: Salvation Army, 237 N. Macy Street, 10am - noon
  • Manitowoc, March 17: First Lutheran, 521 N 8th Street, 8:30-2
  • Marshfield, March 15: Marshfield United Way, 156 S Central Avenue, Marshfield, 9-noon
  • Oconto/Marinette, March 16: NEWCAP Warehouse, 6230 Van Hecke Ave, Oconto 9-3
  • Oshkosh, March 18: Oshkosh Christian School / Valley Christian H.S., 3450 Vinland St., 8-11am
  • Rhinelander/Crandon/Antigo, March 16: 1st Methodist, 724 Arbutus St. Rhinelander, 9-11am
  • Waupaca, March 16: Ruby's Pantry, 717 10th St, 8-2pm
  • Wausau, March 18: The Salvation Army Community Cntr, 103 S 2nd Ave,Wausau. 8-4pm       

Why:                The goal of Help for the Homeless is to provide area crisis programs with a year’s worth of products so that they can direct their limited financial resources towards providing qualified personnel, safe housing, nutritious food, education, and counseling to those they serve. Donations stay in the communities where they are collected.


How:                Hundreds of employers, schools, churches, and clubs are participating in the drive by placing collection boxes in their high traffic areas and inviting their employees, students, and members to donate. More than $343,000 worth was collected in 2015 for 79 agencies.

Media Contacts:         

Appleton/Fox Cities: Heidi Prahl 91.9/91.5 The Family, 920-749-9364 heidip@thefamily.net

Brown Cnty/Green Bay: Robin Kuklinski 920-448-6732office, 920-562-9356 cell, rkuklinski@fsc-corp.org

Fond du Lac: Kayla Meyer, Marian U., 920-904-2632 kmeyer10@marianuniversity.edu

Manitowoc: Erin Schultz, Hope House, 920.686.1436 (best) or 920-901-8640, eschultz@hopehousemc.org

Marshfield: Paula Jero unitedway.paula@solarus.net (715) 384-9992

Oconto/Marinette: Jessica Honish, 920-834-5299, jessicahonish@newcap.org.

Oshkosh: Amy Lang Family Development Specialist ADVOCAP (920) 426-0150 ext. 3261


Rhinelander/Crandon/Antigo: Sara Richie UW Extension (715)365-2750 sara.richie@ces.uwex.edu

Waupaca: Robin Madson 715-942-2725 cell (920) 209-1201 executivedirector@foundationsforlivingwaupaca.com

           Wausau: Kathy Rubino, Dir. of Donations, Furniture & Basic Needs Bank 1) 715-845-1966

VISUAL STORY – Crisis Agency Spokespeople Available for Interviews

  • Meet and talk with representatives from area shelters and crisis programs. The sorting locations buzz with activity as volunteers sort and count thousands of items, and load them up for agency shelves.
  • Slide show of previous sorting days: http://919.thefamily.net/help-for-the-homeless.php
  • Any of the media contact people listed above are available for interviews. 


Appleton/Fox Cities                Sorting Dates: Friday, March 18 6:30-11am

Location: First English Lutheran Church – North Site, 6997 N Ballard Rd, Appleton, (Ballard Rd & Broadway)

                                    Media Contact Person: Heidi Prahl heidip@thefamily.net

                                    The Family Radio Studios: 749-9364 or Cell: 585-9182                                          

Agencies being helped:

  1. AASD Education of Homeless Children & Youth Program
  3. A.B.E.S. Inc. Child Abuse Prevention Program - Appleton
  4. A.B.E.S. Respite Inc. of New London
  5. Boys and Girls Club Runaway Program
  6. COTS Transitional Shelters for Men & Women
  7. Fox Valley Warming Shelter
  8. Harbor House
  9. Homeless Connections
  10. Housing Partnership of the Fox Cities
  11. LEAVEN
  12. Mother & Unborn Baby Care
  13. Partnership Community Health Center
  14. Riverview Gardens
  15. Ryan Community Transitional Housing
  16. Salvation Army - Appleton
  17. Salvation Army - New London

Brown County/Green Bay       Sorting Date: Thursday March 17. Sorting from 8am-2

Location: Green Bay Community Church, 600 Cardinal Lane, Green Bay WI

Media Contact: Robin Kuklinski 920-448-6732 office, 920-562-9356 cell


Agencies being helped:

  1. Family Services Crisis Center/Open Door Youth Services
  2. Family Services Transitional Living Program
  3. Forward Service Corp. Supportive Housing Program
  4. Freedom House
  5. Golden House
  6. Green Bay Area Schools McKinney Vento Program
  7. House of Hope
  8. Salvation Army Basic Needs
  9. Salvation Army Transitional Living Program
  10. St John's Evangelist Homeless Shelter
  11. St Vincent De Paul Homes.

The Brown County United Way is partnering with the Brown County Homeless & Housing Coalition in support of Help for the Homeless. 

Fond du Lac                Sorting Date: Monday, March 14

                                                Location: Salvation Army, 237 N. Macy Street

Media Contact – Kayla Meyer 920-904-2632 kmeyer10@marianuniversity.edu              

Agencies being helped:

  2. Beacon House
  3. New Beginnings
  4. Salvation Army
  5. Solutions Center

Manitowoc                 Date: Thursday, March 17, 8:30-noon

                                   First Lutheran, 521 N 8th Street, Manitowoc, WI

Media Contact Erin Schultz, Hope House, 920.686.1436 (best) or 920-901-8640 eschultz@hopehousemc.org

Agencies being helped:

  1. Manitowoc County Domestic Violence Center
  2. Hope House
  3. Lakeshore CAP
  4. Lutheran Social Services R.A.Y.S. Runaway & Youth Services
  5. Salvation Army
  6. The Haven of Manitowoc County

Oconto/Marinette        Sorting Date: Wednesday, March 16, 9am ‘til finished

                                    Location: NEWCAP Warehouse, 6230 Van Hecke Ave, Oconto

Media Contact: Jessica Honish, Rainbow House, 920-834-5299, jessicahonish@newcap.org.   

Agencies being helped:


  1. Forward Service Corp.
  2. NEWCAP Housing, Oconto
  3. NEWCAP Community Services, Oconto
  4. NEWCAP Housing, Marinette
  5. NEWCAP Community Services, Marinette
  6. Rainbow House in Oconto
  7. Rainbow House in Marinette

Oshkosh                       Date: Friday, March 18, sorting 8:00-11am

                                       Location: Oshkosh Christian School / Valley Christian High School

3450 Vinland Street, Oshkosh WI 231-9704

Media Person: Amy Lang Family Development Specialist ADVOCAP 2929 (920) 426-0150 ext. 3261 amyl@advocap.org                                                                  

Agencies being helped:

  2. Cerebral Palsy of Mideast Wisconsin
  3. Christine Ann Domestic Abuse Services, Inc.
  4. Father Carr’s Place 2B
  5. Forward Service Corp
  6. Salvation Army
  7. Winnebago County Human Services

Rhinelander / Crandon / Antigo                     

Date: Weds. March 16, sorting 9 -11am

Location: First United Methodist Church, 724 Arbutus Street, Rhinelander

Media Contact: Sara Richie UW Extension (715)365-2750 sara.richie@ces.uwex.edu

Agencies being helped: Avail -Rhinelander -Nwish

  1. Forward Service Corp (N*WISH) –Nwish
  2. Midwest Indian Mission Inc., Wasmogishek Pantry-Nwish
  3. Northwood’s Alliance for Temporary Housing
  4. Northwood’s Share Needs Ministry Pantry
  5. Personal Essentials Panty-Nwish
  6. Rhinelander Area Food Pantry
  7. Sunshine for Humanity
  8. Tri-County Council on Domestic Violence & Sexual Assault 


Date: Weds. March 16, sorting 8-2pm

Location: Ruby's Pantry, 717 10th St

Media contact:            Robin Madson 715-942-2725 cell (920) 209-1201


Agencies being helped:

  1. CAP Services -Waupaca
  2. Foundations for Living Inc. -Waupaca
  3. Waupaca Pregnancy Center


Date: Friday, March 18, sorting 8-4pm

Location: The Salvation Army Community Center, 103 S 2nd Ave. Wausau

Media contact: Kathy Rubino, Dir. of Donations, Furniture & Basic Needs Bank 715-845-1966 or 715-571-0571, kbr@neighborsplace.org  

Agencies being helped:

  1. The Neighbors’ Place and partner agencies;
  2. Community Center of Hope
  3. Community Corner Clubhouse
  4. Salvation Army
  5. Randlin Homes
  6. The Open Door of Marathon County


91.9/91.5/88.5 The Family’s 24th Annual “Help for the Homeless” Hygiene Drive is co-sponsored by

  • In Northeast Wisconsin by 91.9/91.5 The Family with FOX 11 WLUK, The Shopko Foundation, Festival Foods, Thrivent Financial, and Fox Communities Credit Union.
  • In Central Wisconsin by 88.5 The Family with FOX WZAW, The Shopko Foundation, Buska and Buska Insurance, Century 21 Gold Key Realty, and Biolife Plasma Centers

For more information contact Heidi Prahl at 91.9/91.5/88.5 The Family heidip@thefamily.net, 800-236-9364

Help for the Homeless web page http://919.thefamily.net/help-for-the-homeless.php

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