School Supplies For Kids: Faces fundraising gap

Media Contact: Jessica Burda, 608-663-8974, [email protected]

Local Grassroots Charity Needs Your Help to Help Area School Children In Need

MADISON, WI – School Supplies For Kids grew out of one local neighborhood wanting to help area schoolchildren in need 19 years ago. Now in 2012, this quiet homegrown charity set a goal of fundraising $55,000 this summer to help an estimated 22,000 students across all of Dane County.

While this year’s supplies are ready to be sorted and delivered to schools, current charitable contributions of approximately $26,000 are far lower than past years and time is running out.

A partnership of The Vogel Foundation, Vogel Bros. Building Co. and Madison Urban Ministry, Dane County School Supplies For Kids raises money to purchase school supplies for children in need through generous donations from individuals, businesses, foundations, and organizations.

“The number of children in need is again projected to be up from last year,” said David Vogel, Chairman of the Board of Vogel Bros. Building Co. and Founder of School Supplies For Kids. “One way that we can help close the achievement gap in Dane County Schools is to help the economically disadvantaged kids get off to a good start. Having the necessary school supplies is a way of doing that.”

According to Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction statistics, Dane County’s overall school enrollment has grown by nine percent in the last five years. During that same period of time, the number of economically disadvantaged children has increased by more than 40 percent.

“Please join us in investing in our future and the country’s future by helping support these kids,” Vogel added. “We’ve set a goal of raising $55,000. I encourage the greater Madison and Dane County communities to help us reach this important goal this summer.”

School Supplies For Kids welcomes donations both online and by check. You can learn more at http://vogelbldg.com/community/school_supplies_for_kids.php. Fans can also like School Supplies For Kids on Facebook at http://www.facebook.com/SchoolSuppliesForKids.

For media requests, please call Jessica Burda at 608-663-8974 or via email at [email protected].

Please note: Interviews and great opportunities for photos and video will be available during sorting August 13-14 and delivery to schools August 16 and August 21, including delivery by Fire Fighters Local 311.