Queen Creek citizen leaders organize diaper drive

 IMAGE QC CLI Diaper Drive

The 2016 Class of the Queen Creek Citizen Leadership Institute is hosting a diaper drive to benefit the Queen Creek Family Resource Center. The diaper drive launched at the Spring into QC event March 19 and will run through April 16. Donations will be accepted at the following locations:

CLI participants were charged with identifying and implementing a community outreach project as a part of their graduation requirements. Due to the size of this year’s class, they split into two groups and one group chose to fill a community need through a diaper drive.

There is a critical need for diapers in the area said Maria Silva, the Queen Creek Unified School District special projects director.

“Diapers have always been a need among the low-income families and even some middle class families in the area. With all the changes in the economy and the resulting changes that families are experiencing, they are not always able to afford diapers. Government assistance programs such as WIC or food stamps don’t cover diapers. And it can be a health concern as it is unhealthy for children to stay soiled diapers,” Ms. Silva said in a press release.

In addition to the drop off locations, the team encourages schools, places of worship and private business to conduct mini-drives. Finally, the CLI participants plan to make this an annual event, long after their Institute obligations have been met. The need is critical enough that they felt a long-term commitment to help was warranted.

The Queen Creek Citizen Leadership Institute is an award-winning program designed to spark an interest in local issues, present information about important questions facing the town, provide an avenue for residents to help plan the community’s future and develop a pool of informed residents who can serve as local leaders on boards, commissions and among their neighbors.

For additional information about the town’s CLI program visit QueenCreek.org/CitizenLeadership. For more information about the resource center, visit QCUSD.org/Family_Resource_Center.

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