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Stoughton Area
Community Foundation

Stoughton, WI 53589
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Stoughton Personal Essentials Pantry


PO Box 147
Stoughton, WI 53589
Stoughton, WI 53589

Phone: 608-279-7613
Contact Name: Sharon Mason-Boersma
Vice President
Organization Profile
Grants Info
Supply & Operation Request - 2017 Amount Funded: $4,000.00
The requested funds would help PEP meet the supply needs for the customers coming to the PEP site and also help meet the needs of youth at the schools. It would also help continue to assist in operating expenses of the fairly new PEP site. Additionally, it would enable other resources in Stoughton to rely on PEP as a resource to help those in need, and to feel confident that people would get the help needed after referrals are made to PEP.
Two years ago, the Stoughton PEP site moved to a more central, busy location downtown. The number of customers using PEP grew & more supplies were needed to help people in need with such items as: diapers, toilet paper, laundry & dish washing detergent, bar soap, personal hygiene products, deodorant, dental items, shampoo, & household cleaner. Site expenses also increased: rent & insurance. Because our community has also seen an increase in youth receiving free & reduced hot lunch, we would like to put some of the items mentioned above in the Stoughton schools for youth in need to access only to be monitored by school social workers & staff. Additionally, we would like to expand our list of items to include kleenex, body lotion, and a better quality toilet paper.

Affordable Transportation Program - 2017 Amount Funded: $4,000.00
It is the desire of SUM to provide services that can fill existing social service gaps in the local setting and enhance the level of assistance provided to the poverty level in-need living within the Stoughton Area School District. In that light, ATP offers needed transportation services from Stoughton to Madison and back for those eligible as other services do not currently exist. The purpose is to help those in need lacking transportation aid toward self betterment opportunities and to help maintain stabilization.
The ATP employs a paid coordinator(.1FTE) to manage 5 volunteer drivers in utilizing their personal vehicles to transport program recipients. All drivers are screened with a criminal background and drivers record check. The drivers are reimbursed for their mileage. The goal of the program has been to provide accident free round trips to eligible persons for the purpose of getting to/from significant medical appts., court matters, job interviews, skills training and other personal betterment reasons as well as to provide transportation to the two Stoughton food pantries. An intake and registration process determines eligibility. Future expansion of ATP may take place in the next year to provide rides to people working on GED tasks & and to help assist with specialized medical rides at a local hospital.

To Purchase Supplies and Goods for PEP Services - 2022 Amount Funded: $3,000.00
The timeline of helping to sustain and to meet the goal of PEP and its mission would be over the next six months. Products for disbursement at PEP are purchased locally at Walmart Super Center, Dollar Tree, Costco, and Sams Club (bulk items). Volunteer PEP shoppers that purchase personal essential products consistently look for the most inexpensive products that can be purchased for PEP customers that will also provide the best quality. This task has been more challenging over the past 1-2 years due to the higher costs of the products. Additionally, besides purchasing the products from the budget, PEP has been given monetary and product donations from community members and businesses on a periodic basis. Other grant resources have also been sought to provide funds for the PEP operation.
The requested amount of grant funds will help purchase the products that are provided for those served by PEP - people in need. In the last 1-2 years, we have seen an increase in the costs of personal essential items from goods and services while at the same time, the demand by those in need to secure these items has been steady and greater. PEP disburses these products to approximate 40-45 households each month. Those items provided are: shampoo/conditioner, laundry soap, deodorant, band-aids, feminine hygiene products, diapers/wipes, toothcare products, Q-Tips, toilet paper, dishwashing soap, facial tissues, household cleaner, cotton balls, paper towels, body lotion, chap stick, body wash and bar soap. Hand sanitizer and masks for COVID prevention also have been added to the list of items on hand. The supply of items disbursed is calculated to last for 30 days based on household size. Additionally, a $10 voucher to the local Pick N Save Grocery Store is given to each household per month to purchase any additional personal essential item(s) if needed. The additional funds to help pay the costs of the products would help maintain sustainability of PEP in meeting the needs of the customers that use or access the PEP pantry.

Kiwanis Key Club Advisor - 2015 Amount Funded: $1,200.00
The purpose of the stipend for the advisor is to recognize the importance of the role of the advisor and the expected responsibilities. We encourage someone who accepts this position to be a positive role model, ambitious, dependable, and trustworthy in working and coordinating all activities with the Key Club members, grades 9-12.
We are requesting funds from the SACF to ask for a stipend of $1200 for the advisor assigned to the Stoughton High School Key Club. The advisor will be coordinating activities and community service projects with members of the Key Club during the 2015-2016 school year. Many activities will be planned in the Stoughton community that will be beneficial for all ages, i.e. assisting at the Personal Essential Pantry, the Stoughton Senior Center, Victorian Holiday, & raking leaves for the elderly. These are just a few examples that involve the Key Club to make Stoughton a better community. The Key Club is a critically important organization that teaches young adults the importance of community service for the rest of their lives!! The advisor will be involved in overseeing all of the activities.