06 Jan

High School Students Champion Collecting 2,000 Coats in Chicago

Contact: 

Ira Coleman, President, and Founder

(833)-249-2628 

info@buttonandzipper.com 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

High School Students Champion Collecting 2,000 Coats in Chicago 

Buffalo Grove High School’s Environmental Club hosts donation day on January 18th

 

Chicagoland, Illinois. – January 2020 – Students in the Environmental Club at Buffalo Grove High School are supporting the environment differently this year by hosting a coat donation event on January 18th from 8 am to 1 pm.

 

Around 20 students participate in the Environmental Club on a year-round basis, and the students are the propelling force for the event. With over 45 students volunteering, their goal is to collect, sort, and distribute over 2,000 coats to select organizations. Community call for youth gently used and new coats.

 

“This distribution day is one of the first times we can truly see the direct impact we have on the community,” Buffalo Grove High School student Veronika said. “Instead of coats, we can see smiling faces. This event is all about bringing together the local community and giving back, right after the holidays!”

 

As a long-time partner and advocate for Button & Zipper, Science teacher and Environmental Club leader, Stefanie O’Neill is excited to help students facilitate a full-fledged coat drive and donation event for select organizations in the Chicagoland area.

 

O’Neil feels it is her job as an educator to be a representative inside and outside of the classroom for things she believes in. Her students are passionate and enthusiastic about the event.

 

“One of the greatest, lasting legacies of an educational enterprise is how we better all in our community, not just the students in our building,” Buffalo Grove High School Principal, Jeff Wardle said. “We feel fortunate to partner with such a great organization as Button and Zipper for the Coat Drive. This idea came from students, and seeing their passion is always an inspiration to me.”

 

Each student will have a specific role in the coat collection and sorting process to ensure there is a high quality of coats delivered to the recipient organizations and to streamline the event as much as possible. Any coat that is identified with a low level of dignity will be upcycled, following Button & Zipper protocol and furthering the environmental impact of the event.

 

Ira Coleman, founder, and members of the board of Button & Zipper will be in attendance of the event and are grateful for the students of Buffalo Grove High School for their commitment to this cause and the environment.

 

Button & Zipper is a Colorado nonprofit community coat drive initiated in 2013 to support Chicagoland and Denver metro’s low-income individuals, and families stay warm during grueling winter months. Their coat drive begins October 1st and runs through February 28th, each season.  

 

By partnering with local leaders and companies, Button & Zipper collects, sorts, and distributes coats and jackets to those in need of warmth. So far this season, they have received nearly 8,300  coats requested from 60 + schools, agencies, and organizations. They are projected to distribute 10,000+ coats this season.

 

To donate, volunteer, or become a recipient organization, please visit our website at https://buttonandzipper.com/

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EVENT DETAILS:

January 18th, 2020 from 8 am – 1 pm 

Buffalo Grove High School‘s Cafeteria

1100 W Dundee Rd, Buffalo Grove, IL 60089

FACEBOOK EVENT PAGE

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Community call for youth gently used and new coats 

 

TO DONATE: 

ONLINE DONATIONS: https://buttonandzipper.com/donate/

TEXT TO DONATE:  Text the code “BUTTONANDZIPPER” to 44-321

 

501(C)(3) TAX ID: 83-0934956

 

TO VOLUNTEER: Volunteer opportunities are welcomed and encouraged to maximize serving efforts. If you are interested in supporting on the day of, please contact Stefanie O’Neil at stefanie.oneill@d214.org.

 

SOCIAL:

Facebook

Instagram 

Twitter

 

PARTNERS: 

Buffalo Grove High School, Township High School District 214Buffalo Grove Lincolnshire Chamber of Commerce, Facility IT Group, Alexis Duffy – Keller WilliamsDenver Serve’s Chicago Chapter, and more. 

To support collection efforts leading up to this event, please visit https://buttonandzipper.com/volunteer-registration/ and indicate “BGHS” in the “Coat Drive and/or Drop-off site plans section”. Our team will follow through to coordinate.

 

HASHTAGS:  

#BUTTONANDZIPPER #COATDRIVE #COMMUNITYCOATDRIVE #BGHS #BUFFALOGROVEHIGHSCHOOL

 

AUTHOR: Leah Rybak at LMR Consulting

 

MEDIA NOTES:

BUTTON & ZIPPER, INC

1245 Champa St, Denver, CO 80204

 

MEDIA CONTACTS: 

For Button & Zipper media requests, please contact Ira Coleman at (833)-249-2628 or info@buttonandzipper.com.

For event details or to arrange donating gently used and new coats, please contact Stefanie O’Neil at (847) 718-4334 or stefanie.oneill@d214.org

 

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02 Dec

Button & Zipper Encourages Kids to Provide Warmth this Winter

Contact: 

Ira Coleman, President, and Founder

(833)-249-2628 

info@buttonandzipper.com 

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:

 

Button & Zipper Encourages Kids to Provide Warmth this Winter

A unique approach to the coat drives serves those in need in Denver.

 

DENVER, Colo. – December 2019 – Students in Colorado double their goal of coat donations, become part of giving back to their community in part because of Button & Zipper.

Button & Zipper at I AM Academy on Oct 24, 2019

 

 

The problem is bigger than just coats. It’s in bringing the community together to solve a problem. Not only does Button & Zipper have an annual coat drive, but they are shifting the coat drive approach to distribute high-quality coats and jackets to more schools, non-profits, and other organizations statewide. 

I Am Academy’s Kiwanis Builders Club is one of the youth organizations participating in collecting coats this year. I AM Academy is a HOPE Online learning center located in Lakewood, Colorado, that serves 191 youth from grades K-12.

The statistics of I Am Academy are harrowing.  88% of their students are on the Free and Reduced Lunch program, while 19% of the students there are homeless. Yet, throughout the coat drive, the students rallied together to make signs, count and sort coats, and to give back to their community. Their original goal of 35 coats was more than doubled; they collected over 72 coats to donate. 

“I’m really proud of the student’s response and their overall leadership, it’s been really a great thing,” said Anthony Watson, Director/ LC Liaison at I Am Academy. 

Student leaders are points of contact for the students who want to get involved with the coat drive. They work directly with Ira, President, and Founder of Button & Zipper, counting coats and communicating with other students. One of those student leaders is named Angelica, along with fellow students Sergio and Alejandro.

“I feel great because it’s starting to get cold, and we can give the jackets to someone who needs them,” Angelica says. “My favorite part of the process is seeing how many jackets we can collect.”

Not only are the students rallying together at I Am Academy to contribute to Button & Zipper, but they also receive support from community leaders to create collection opportunities, especially from student-led initiatives like DSST: Green Valley Ranch High School’s Community Now Club.

Places like WeWork, Greenbox Self Storage, Enterprise Coworking, CTRL Collective, Greystar, Stanley Marketplace, Ethan Allen, The Commons on Champa, VentureX and Improper City can all host coat drives, partnered with Button & Zipper to serve the coat needs of kids in schools and others in need. 

Button & Zipper is a Colorado nonprofit community coat drive initiated in 2013 to support Chicagoland and Denver metro’s low-income individuals, and families stay warm during grueling winter months. Their coat drive begins October 1st and runs through February 28th, each season.  

By partnering with local leaders and companies, Button & Zipper collects, sorts, and distributes coats and jackets to those in need of warmth. So far this season, they have received nearly 8,000 coats requested from 50+ schools, agencies, and organizations. They are projected to distribute 10,000+ coats this season.

To donate, volunteer, or become a recipient, please visit our website at buttonandzipper.com

 

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MEDIA NOTES:

BUTTON & ZIPPER, INC

1245 Champa St, Denver, CO 80204

501(C)(3) TAX ID: 83-0934956

SOCIAL: Facebook, Instagram, Twitter

TO DONATE: https://buttonandzipper.com/donate/

TO VOLUNTEER: https://buttonandzipper.com/volunteer-registration/

PARTNERS (2019-2020):

Capital One Cafe (Denver and Chicago), Tide Cleaners (Denver and Chicago), Camber Outdoors, Greenbox Self Storage, Xero, Stanley Marketplace, Enterprise Coworking Space, Larson’s Ski & Sport, Improper City, CTRL Collective, Greystar’s Alara Union Station and Overture 9th + Co, Levine Law, Bryce Babcock’s Farmers Insurance, Union Denver by Day Dream, WeWork’s Triangle Building and The Hub, Aktivax, Edison at Rino, Workability, Downtown Denver Partnership, Commons on Champa, Polka Dot Powerhouse – Foothills Chapter, Live Laugh Denver Real Estate Group, Pumpkin Nights, Keller Williams Advantage Realty, Career Transformations, Canavan, Syddall, & Associates, City and County of Denver’s Harvey Park Recreation Center, Lakewood’s Link Recreation Center, Exit Realty Premier Partners, GRID Collaborative Workspaces, VentureX, Denver Serve, Carmel Oaks Retirement CommunityMatthew Morris Salon, Santana Insurance, JNJ Construction, McCaddon Buick GMC, Colorado Lending Source, Spaces Coworking, Pie Insurance, Hyatt Regency Colorado Convention Center, CO Insurance Specialist, BiggerPockets, TAVA Waters, My Father’s House International Christain Discipleship Center, Blithe Salon, Robinson Custom Cleaning, Colorado Technology Assciation.

HASHTAGS:

#BUTTONANDZIPPER

#COATDRIVE

#COMMUNITYCOATDRIVE

AUTHOR: Leah Rybak at LMR Consulting

MEDIA CONTACTS: Button & Zipper 

For media requests, please contact Ira Coleman at (833)-249-2628 or

 info@buttonandzipper.com.

For all other media requests, please contact Amanda Kalina from HOPE Online Learning Academy Co-Op at (720)-219-8207 or amanda.kalina@hopeonline.org.

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