1. Emerging Leaders in Southwest Iowa

    The Southwest Iowa Leadership Academy serves seven area middle schools in West Pottawattamie County, Iowa.  Established in 1989 the mission of this organization is to provide emerging leaders with skills that will engage their abilities to make a difference in their schools and communities.   It focuses on team building, communication, leadership styles, problem-solving and goal setting over the course of a four-day camp held in June.

    Each school group is selected through an application process which includes an application, letters of recommendation, and an interview.  Student numbers are determined by a percentage of the total student population for that school’s seventh grade class.

    Support from the Shopko Foundation allows the Academy to take the students off campus to service learning projects, which help build leadership skills. It also allows them to purchase the Real Colors of Leadership style inventory for every student, which is a fun, integrative workshop to help understand human behavior:

    The students walk away with a new awareness of what it means to be a leader and to be a servant leader. They have identified their current leadership style and how to work together as a team to solve problems. They are better communicators when the leave camp and have set goals for themselves and as a school group for the coming year and beyond!

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  2. Changing a Community One Life at a Time

    With the announcement of a recent $250,000 gift, Shopko Foundation acknowledges their commitment to Green Bay and the Fox Valley through the only children’s hospital in Northeastern Wisconsin. HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital relies on generous partners – like the Shopko Foundation – to support amazing initiatives for pediatric health. HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital treats these young patients regardless of their ability to pay, which is why corporate partnerships are needed now more than ever. (The hospital currently houses over 30 plus pediatric specialty practices, and a world-class pediatric ICU unit that served over 7,500 children in 2016, alone.)

    Shopko Foundation’s interest in partnering with the hospital was a natural one; the foundation’s donation is designed to promote healthy lifestyles by bringing crucial health care to the youngest community members — and their families. HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital provides care close to home, meaning kids no longer have to travel outside of the region to access top-ranked care. It also provides an opportunity for residents to open their community to travelers from outside the community who will depend on this often life-saving level of care to change the lives of children.

    The Shopko Foundation’s donation is unique and special; they designated their funding to support the development of the Family Lounge and Kitchenette, an integral part of the hospital ecosystem. “While hospital stays are never fun, the family-centered care improves the families overall comfort and well-being which aligns with the Shopko Foundation’s values of making a difference in the lives of others,” said Michelle Hansen, manager of public relations and the Shopko Foundation.

    The foundation’s focus on this specific hospital project guarantees that families have the support and amenities they need that are close to their child’s bedside. Keeping everyone together is an important aspect of the healing process, and this special space creates that closeness that is so beneficial to children on the path to a healthy recovery. As HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital continues to grow the number of patients it can serve, the Shopko Foundation will be there every step of the way through the funding of these special living areas that promote family dining, connection, and relaxation during a challenging time.

    Shopko Foundation creates home away from home
    Since treatment for childhood illnesses can last weeks, and even months, the commute for families living away from the hospital can take a toll. “For families already dealing with a devastating illness or injury, having to travel for treatments or procedures adds to an already stressful situation. The availability of a children’s hospital close to home allows pediatric patients to remain near their loved one,” Hansen said.

    Shopko, headquartered in Northeastern Wisconsin, is proud to call Green Bay and the Fox Valley home. Through the Foundation’s gift to the HSHS St. Vincent Children’s Hospital, their wish is to keep area kids near their loved ones during the most difficult times in some of their young lives — and let those from outside the area know that the hospital can be a true home to everyone who stays there.

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  3. Lemonade for Livy and Shopko Working with the Epilepsy Foundation to Create Change and Make a Stand

    Who would have thought a lemonade stand could be a catalyst for a nationwide nonprofit organization? The Scheinman family from Clearwater, Florida, could not have predicted how far their motto, “Don’t give up, give back,” could take them.

    Olivia “Livy” was diagnosed with a brain malformation in 2004 that resulted in multifocal partial epilepsy, cerebral palsy, and other disabilities. Her first seizure occurred only hours after birth, and she ended up spending the first nine months of her life in a children’s hospital.

    Now 13, Livy has endured a tough battle against epilepsy. To date she has undergone two major brain surgeries, numerous hospital visits from uncontrollable seizures and broken bones, and continues to face medical hardships. Epilepsy has not only affected Livy’s life, but also her family, Jon, Allison and twin sister, Hailey. Even though Livy must completely rely on her family because she is unable to walk or talk, she still holds a bright, determined attitude to not let the disease rule her world.

    Hailey has learned a lot from Livy’s unique life perspective. She understands that even though her and Livy have different abilities, they still both represent hope, and she can be there for her sister every step of the journey.

    As Livy and Hailey grew up, Hailey saw the financial hardship her family was facing and wanted to do anything she could to help. So, she started selling her own crafts and baked goods, and her passion and drive even inspired her friends to hold a lemonade stand. That lemonade stand sparked a light in their local community, which soon grabbed the attention of the Epilepsy Foundation, and Lemonade for Livy was born.

    Since 2011, the Scheinmans and people across the globe have been making a stand to help over 65 million individuals in the world who are affected by epilepsy. Lemonade for Livy has been working alongside the Epilepsy Foundation to continue raising funds for epilepsy research and supporting people who have epilepsy or seizures. Shopko and the Shopko Foundation are honored to be the official annual kick-off partner for Lemonade for Livy. By combining our resources with Lemonade for Livy and the Epilepsy Foundation, together we have raised $211,000 since 2016.

    Campaign Launch at Green Bay Flagship Store
    This year, Shopko will launch its Lemonade for Livy campaign on Thursday, June 14, by partnering with Green Bay Packers quarterback, Brett Hundley, along with Shopko CEO Russ Steinhorst and the Epilepsy Foundation. Hundley will share his connection to epilepsy and later host a lemonade stand with members from the Epilepsy Foundation. The event will take place 4-5 p.m. at Shopko’s flagship location in Green Bay (301 Bay Park Square).

    Jon and Hailey Scheinman will be at a Madison Shopko location (7401 Mineral Point Rd.) from 11 a.m.-2 p.m. on Saturday, June 16, to help serve lemonade with other Epilepsy Foundation volunteers.

    Join Lemonade for Livy Across the Country

    • Shopko will collect donations at registers from June 14-July 7 at more than 370 locations. Pick up your “lemon” at a store nearest you.
    • Get fresh-squeezed lemonade at one of the 75 Shopko locations across the region hosting stands with the Epilepsy Foundation on June 16.
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    The Shopko Foundation will match all proceeds donated at the lemonade stands. Join the movement and register your own stand here!

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