Green Olive Ministries' Cloth Diaper Project

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Our three-month project will train 10 women to create a set of cloth diapers for home and one to pay forward to a local food pantry.
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Stephanie Salisbury
Environment
Elkhart, Indiana
United States
2 Team Members

Short Summary

We, Andie Kingsbury and Stephanie Salisbury, know what it's like to live on a strained budget. Raising 12 kids between our two families, we've had to struggle, juggle, reduce, re-use, recycle, and reinvent the wheel at times. It's given us both a heart for ministering to other families in the midst of the same struggle, and what better place to start than our own town? So, we co-founded Green Olive Ministries.

Elkhart County, Indiana, has one of the highest unemployment rates in the nation, forcing many to visit food pantries on a regular basis. One of the caveats is that pantries rarely have diapers available, and food stamps will not allow diaper purchases. It is our idea with this project to impact the cycle of poverty in this area by training women to create their own cloth diapers for home use and also by paying another set forward to a local food pantry. In this manner, the women will be learning a valuable skill, eliminating the need for disposables (and, in turn, eliminating the massive amount of waste that disposables create in our landfills), and gaining a sense of community by working together with us and other women who know what it's like to live on an extremely strained budget. The diapers we create use snaps, enabling the same set of diapers to be used for a newborn as for a nearly-potty trained toddler. They last for years, and can be handed down to the next child in line after potty-training. ONE SET OF THESE DIAPERS ELIMINATES AT LEAST TWO YEARS OF DISPOSABLES! In essence, we'll be saving each woman between $1500 and $2000 in disposable diapers PER CHILD, not to mention the same savings for whatever family chooses to take a set of cloth diapers that same women created and paid forward to the local food pantry. 

What We Need & What You Get

Though Andie and Stephanie will take a very small salary for all of the work and reimbursement of items we've already purchased for this project so far, and for the three months of having to cut down hours at our jobs to make this project happen (we are the sole sources of income in both our respective families), the funds will be used for:

Sewing machines, thread, waterproof material, plastic snaps and studs, snap presses, soft 'minky' material for against babies' skin, scissors, Sharpies, and laminated patterns for EACH WOMAN being trained.  Extra funds will be for newsletters and other advertising necessities, and providing snacks and possibly child care for the mothers during their training sessions.

If our goal is not reached, be assured that your money will still go to good use! All of these materials still need to be purchased for our project!

WHAT YOU GET: 

Your choice of getting a Social Media Shout-Out, receiving a $1.00 off EVERY diaper you order in the future from one of our seamstresses for your own family's use, receiving two free customized cloth diapers, or being able to meet and greet with our entire ministry staff and the women being trained, and giving us the pleasure of taking you out to lunch!

The Impact

Green Olive Ministries has already received a small start-up grant from The Pollination Project, an environmentally-friendly group who believed in us enough to buy us a serger and get us started with our demonstration diapers we're making. They only fund projects that they feel will make a great impact in an area, so we're humbled and honored to have their support.

Our ministry believes in teaching the skills necessary to live on an extremely strained budget. This particular project, our first, will take three months but the positive results could last years on their budgets and a lifetime on their self-esteem and sense of community. Our future plans are to teach people to re-use, upcycle, plant and harvest food, be resourceful, sew, knit, crochet, cook, bake, freeze, can, dehydrate food, and so much more. These basic skills that were once common knowledge are not being taught in our culture, and our reliance on disposable items and replacing anything slightly broken or torn has depleted our resources, filled our landfills, and taken away our ability to be self-sufficient. 

It's time for a change. It's time to take steps in the right direction. It's time to get back to basics.

Please help if you can. 

Other Ways You Can Help

Just because you don't have extra cash laying around in buckets doesn't mean you can't make an impact!

Please share our links on your own Facebook pages whenever you see them, and tell people about what Green Olive Ministries is doing. Indiegogo has some great share tools... take advantage of them, as well!

We can also use child care assistance if you're local, snack/water donations, volunteers with a heart for sewing and loving people to come see what we do and learn how to teach others, and help building an email and snail mail list for our newsletter when it starts! Contact us at GreenOliveMinistries<at>gmail<dot>com if you're interested in helping in a non-financial way.


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$2,164USD
raised by 59 people in 2 months
22% funded
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$10,000 USD goal
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This campaign ended on March 13, 2014
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  • $5USD
    Social Media Shout-Outs

    We'll be sure to announce and THANK you as a donor on Facebook and Twitter!

    3 out of 1000 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $25USD
    Cloth Diaper E-Coupon

    One of our teaching seamstresses creates customizable cloth diapers for sale... you will receive a $1 off coupon good for EVERY diaper you purchase from her! (You also get the Social Media Shout-Out!)

    8 out of 100 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $100USD
    Diaper Double

    Two free cloth diapers in whatever color and pattern you want, PLUS the E-Coupon for $1 off every future diaper you order, PLUS the Social Media Shout-Out!

    2 out of 10 claimed
    Estimated delivery: March 2014
  • $1,000USD
    Missional Meet & Greet

    You'll meet and visit with all of the women we're training, hear their stories, see how their lives are changing through your generosity. You'll meet with us, the mission leaders, for personal prayer and thanks, and we'll take you to coffee and lunch at our favorite coffee house in Elkhart. You'll also receive the Diaper Double, the E-Coupon, and the Social Media Shout-Out AND be mentioned in our press release as a major donor. (Travel Expenses to Elkhart will be paid by donor if out-of-town.)

    0 out of 2 claimed
    Estimated delivery: April 2014
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