Mobile Community Closet Final Report

2023 $100,000 Grant Recipient – United Way of Marathon County

Final Follow-Up Report

1. Did you achieve the outcome(s) you intended with this project? Comment on additional outcomes not directly associated with the project’s objectives (e.g. 1. Did you achieve the outcome(s) you intended with this project? Comment on additional outcomes not directly associated with the project’s objectives (e.g. partnerships formed, additional funding support gained).

Our primary objective with this project was to reach families with the Mobile Community Closet who would not otherwise have access to the Community Closet, and we have absolutely achieved that outcome. In our first 6 months of operating, we have provided clothing to over 300 individuals; this has included families in rural communities like Edgar and Abbotsford, as well as families in Wausau who were not familiar with the Community Closet. By the end of 2024 we will visit additional rural communities, such as Mosinee, Spencer, and Athens, expanding our reach and allowing us to achieve our goal of visiting 4 rural locations outside of the Wausau metro area.  

Other goals for the project included reaching 2,500 community members by the end of 2024 and launching a back-to-school program in August 2024. As we learned more through running Mobile Community Closet distributions, we have realized that getting the word out to the people who could benefit from the service is more challenging than expected. We will continue to work with our partner locations to get the word out to their communities so that more families are aware of our presence. Additionally, because we were not able to find and arrange for purchase of a truck until October 2023, and because each distribution has required more time and labor than we had anticipated, our timeline for achieving these goals will need to be stretched beyond our initial target dates. We remain committed to continuing to grow our capacity as we become more comfortable with our processes and build staff expertise

2. What impact did this grant have on your organization, the community and target population?
Please quantify if possible

• Volunteer hours have increased 30% and we have 51 new volunteers from Marathon County. These volunteers are facilitating the support for program increase.
• HELP Customers have increased by 14%
• HELP Equipment Donations have increased by 22%
• e-CYCLING increased 18%
• Four new businesses located in Marathon County have decided to hold e-CYCLING events and the only business that was holding an e-CYCLING event prior to the Impact 100 Grant, increased their commitment to 2 events per year. These events have recycled almost 34,000 lbs of electronics. Preparing valuable resources for reuse and keeping toxins and hazardous materials out of our local landfills.
• Due to the increase of volunteer and partnership support, we have been able to move forward with the construction to prepare Good News Project for the increase of services that are projected in the future.

3. How have you sustained, or will you sustain, the benefits, momentum and spirit of this project?
• The increase of volunteer support is positioning Good News Project to be prepared for even a higher increase in client services as we resume full operations after the construction is completed.
• Once construction is complete and volunteers are trained in new operations, educational expansion will be the focus going forward. Impact100 has given us the educational components to provide the outreach experiences.
• Because of the success of securing a Bader donation from the Helen Bader Foundation based on materials that were developed for the Impact100 grant, Good News Project is vetting other foundations that might have the right fit. Using materials developed for the Impact100 grant is only one piece of the puzzle. Using templates that are tracking the success of our programs, which were developed for Impact100 grant reporting, has positioned GNP to provide proof of impact to other Grantors.
• After receiving the Impact100 award, we decided to add solar energy to our capital campaign! We are so excited that 71% of our energy needs will be covered by this effort and continuation to want to “Be the Good” for the environment and each other.

4. Provide a final financial report
A financial report was provided by the United Way and can be made available at your request. (It is difficult to link it directly.) Please email grants@greaterwausau.impact100council.org for a copy.

5. Have all Impact100 Greater Wausau funds been expended (yes or no)?If no, please explain

No. You will see on the budget that $8,111 toward salary will be spent by July 31, 2023
as part of payroll expenses for Volunteer Coordinator. A financial report was provided and can be made available at your request. (It is difficult to link it directly.) Please email grants@greaterwausau.impact100council.org for a copy.

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