May 20, 2021
For Immediate Release
IDAHO STINKER STORE CUSTOMERS RAISE $112,472 FOR LOCAL DOMESTIC AND SEXUAL ABUSE PROGRAMS FOCUSING ON CHILDREN
Helping families access services they need to heal from domestic violence and sexual abuse
Boise, ID –
On May 19, 2021, Stinker Stores presented $112,472 to six Idaho domestic violence service providers, the recipients of the 2021 Piece of Hope Fundraising and Awareness Campaign benefitting children impacted by the trauma of domestic and sexual violence. As a surprise to all those around him today, Stinker Stores Chairmen and CEO Charley Jones announced he would round up the amount raised to a grand total of $120,000.
From April 12 to May 1, customers at all Stinker locations donated funds and learned about organizations in or near their communities with programming for children and families with children impacted by the trauma of domestic violence and/or sexual abuse.
The generosity of the Idaho Stinker customers has once again exceeded expectations and, for the fourth consecutive year, resulted in record-breaking funds to support these critical services. This year’s fundraising total brings the overall amount raised for the Piece of Hope Campaign to almost $500,000.
The $112,472 this year will be used to fund services and programs throughout the state that specifically focus on children exposed to violence in their homes or are being subjected to abuse themselves. The organizations have used the funds from past campaigns for critical activities to provide shelter and licensed childcare, youth outreach and education, individual counseling and children’s support groups, to provide after-school tutoring when schools shuttered during the pandemic and several hope to now support summer programs for children exposed to trauma this coming year.
Yesterday, representatives from Stinker Stores presented the donations to Advocates Against Family Violence, Rose Advocates, Women’s and Children’s Alliance, three of the six participating community service providers. Not in attendance, but sending in messages of appreciation and support were the YWCA Lewiston/Clarkston, The Advocates, and Family Services Alliance of Eastern Idaho.
Several leaders from Stinker Stores took a “pie in the face” from their staff members – to show appreciation for the efforts of their customers and staff.
About the WCA
The Women’s & Children’s Alliance provides safety, healing and freedom from domestic abuse and sexual assault. The WCA operates secure shelters and provides professional counseling, legal advocacy, crisis services and case management to survivors of domestic and sexual abuse. For more information, visit www.wcaboise.org.
Idaho grown, Stinker was founded in 1936 by Farris Lind and is currently owned and operated by Charley and Nancy Jones. Stinker continues to grow, operating convenience stores and truck stops throughout Idaho, Colorado, & Wyoming. Employing over 900 people, Stinker constantly looks to add motivated and talented individuals to help grow our Stinker Family and to better serve our customers.