Opportunity Wisconsin and partner organizations announce drive as potential default threatens access to child care funding
KENOSHA, Wis. – Opportunity Wisconsin and a grassroots coalition including For Our Future Wisconsin, Family Friendly Wisconsin, and Diaper Depot & More, have launched a diaper drive to help ensure Kenosha-area families have access to these critical supplies.
“No family should have to worry about accessing the basic supplies they need to care for their children. We’re excited about this opportunity to raise awareness of this important issue and encourage people to give back to those in need,” said Opportunity Wisconsin Program Director Meghan Roh. “Especially in times of economic uncertainty, community organizations like Diaper Depot & More are essential to meeting the needs of our neighbors who need extra assistance.”
Starting today, through June 9th, donations to the Kenosha Diaper Drive can be dropped off at Lively Stone Church of God in Christ, 2327 63rd Street, Kenosha. Items in the highest demand are diapers sizes 5, 6, 7 and pullups of all sizes, as well as baby wipes and diaper rash cream. In addition to encouraging community donations, Opportunity Wisconsin will make a matching donation of up to $500 to Diaper Depot & More.
The drive comes as House Republicans, including Rep. Bryan Steil, are supporting devastating cuts to child care programs. The extreme “Default on America Act,” which Rep. Steil voted for, could strip nutrition food assistance from 24,000 women, infants, and children in the state and eliminate at least 5,500 preschool or child care slots.
Even more troubling, if House Republicans force the nation into default, benefits for thousands of families will be delayed and interest rates on credit card debt and auto and home loans will dramatically increase, leaving families with less money to afford essential items. Wisconsin families are counting on Rep. Steil to fight for them and expect him to stop pushing the nation toward default.