Staff Spotlight: Sarah Riffel

We have recently added not one, but TWO amazing new team members. We’re so excited to welcome Sarah to the team. She’ll be coordinating all our partner agencies, as well as developing strategy around which parts of our service area need more agencies so we can reach more children. She is super smart, has a passion for helping others (especially kids!) and is going to be a key asset for our team.

Name: Sarah RiffelSarah Riffel

Day Job: Stay at home mommy (Worked for Cincinnati Children’s hospital for the past 4 years as a Molecular Genetics technologist in the Heart Institute)

Sweet Cheeks Title: Partner Agency Coordinator

Why are you excited to be a part of the Sweet Cheeks Team? Having a baby changes your life in so  many ways.  I immediately felt a pull to help other mothers who may be struggling to take care of their innocent babies.  Being a part of the Sweet Cheeks team will give me the opportunity to help babies in the Cincinnati area stay safe and healthy, while also meeting like minded people along the way.

Tell us about your kid(s): I have a 15 month old son, Quinn.  He is a sweet, goofy ball of energy with white-blonde hair.  He loves music, reading books and singing E-I-E-I-O in his crib as soon as he wakes up in the morning.  

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why?  I have been wanting to go to India for most of my adult life.  I believe that traveling is the best way to relate to others and learn about the world outside of Cincinnati.  India is full of life, gorgeous colors, amazing history and the birthplace of yoga.  

What are you reading right now? The Memory of Earth by Orson Scott Card

If you had one extra hour of free time a day, how would you use it? Something creative like sewing, painting or yoga

If there were a holiday in your honor what would it celebrate? Be kind whenever it is an option.

Usborne Books Fundraiser

Usbourne books fundraiserJoin Sweet Cheeks for a live, interactive Usborne Books Facebook party beginning Tuesday, June 7th at 9:00pm! Contact us at [email protected] and we’ll forward you the invite. Never heard of Usborne?  They publish awesome kids’ books that are truly unique (not just marketing mumble jumble here – these books are AMAZING!!).  It’s a half hour where you can learn about the books and there will be prize giveaways, too.

Not available at this time? No worries – shop the online catalog of books until midnight on Friday June 10th! – https://b5143.myubam.com/313553  50% of all sales from this party are going to go back to Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank–just make sure you order through that specific site!  

To help you out, we’ve put together a list of the Top 10 Usborne books, as selected by Sweet Cheeks moms (in no particular order!)

  1. That’s Not My Puppy…

…or pick your noun!  There are a ton of cute books in this series (and this is the only Usborne book that we’ve seen sold in actual stores!). So whether your child likes puppies or pirates or trucks or mermaids or kittens or bunnies – there is an option for them in this fun touch and feel series.

  1. All Better!

This is favorite! It allows small children to help make their animal friends feel better (with reusable and re-positionable stickers). These are the real deal too – the heavy duty stickers truly do last forever (even with pet fur stuck to them!)

  1. Shine-A-Light: On the Construction Site

This book series is like magic to our little ones – they simply shine a flashlight on the page and they can see the “inside” of things.  Just like the “That’s not my…”, this is also a series so a topic can be picked that your child is more interested in if dump trucks don’t do it for them.

  1. There’s a Mouse About the House!

This interactive book “tricks” kids into practicing their fine motor skills – by tracing the path a pesky little mouse takes throughout the book (with an actual mouse!)  Also – I am sure NO one has trouble with their kids having patience…but this books will help with that – you can’t turn the pages too quickly or skip them or else that pesky little mouse won’t be there!

  1. Wind-up Bus

This book has ACTUAL train tracks that go along with the story, and a wind up bus! The tracks can even be removed to create a large track to use for other play.

  1. Ted and Friends

Have a little one thats starting to learn to read?  BUY THIS. Enough said.

  1. Wipe Clean Alphabet and Numbers

There are a ton of books out there that are dry-erased based, but this by far beats any other we have seen.  The marker erases easily with a dry paper towel, and doesn’t leave ANYTHING behind!

  1. Hush-a-Bye Owl

Love this for all the babies out there!  It is touch and feel, but also looks like a toy.

  1. Pop-up Jungle

You haven’t seen a pop-up book until you see an Usborne pop-up book. Trust us.

  1. Muddle and Match book series

Split pages allow kids to create their own version of the story!  Such a fun way to let their imaginations run wild.

Staff Spotlight: Amy Boldt

There is nothing more fun than getting to regularly reconnect with someone you’ve known since junior high. When Amy decided to take on the hardest job in the world (stay-at-home mom), she quickly realized she was going to need something to become involved in outside of taking care of her sweet little boy. Her enthusiasm for Sweet Cheeks and willingness to take on one of the biggest and most critical aspects of our business has helped us move forward so quickly.

Amy and Jude Sweet Cheeks Diaper BankDay Job: Stay-at-home Mom

Sweet Cheeks Role: Diaper Drive Coordinator

Why are you excited to be part of the Sweet Cheeks team? I’m excited to be able to help out children in need, and become more active in the community.

Tell us about your kid(s): Jude, age 18ish months. He is a daredevil, and has already been to the ER for stitches. He will probably be the death of me–good thing he’s cute!

Which part of Sweet Cheeks’ current strategic plan are you most excited to work on?  I’m excited to get drives set up, although the process takes much longer than I anticipated!

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Anywhere in the Caribbean, I love the beach.

What are you reading right now? The Compound Effect by Darren Hardy.

If you had one extra hour of free time a day, how would you use it? Reading.

If there were a holiday in your honor what would it celebrate?  Cats, chocolate, and Netflix! (super weird, I know…)

Staff Spotlight: Dave Thamann

We are so thankful to have Dave on the Sweet Cheeks team. He is logical, methodical, practical and is going to keep us on the straight and narrow. Some of the issues that we’ll be dealing with soon like Board of Directors insurance, warehouse insurance, and event insurance seem REALLY overwhelming to those of us who can barely figure out car insurance. To have that stress removed so we can focus on all the really great things that are going to actually be insured is amazing!

D. ThamannDay Job: Managing Editor for Insurance Information Service (part-time; semi-retirement)

Sweet Cheeks Role: Risk Management Director

Why are you excited to be part of the Sweet Cheeks team? I was not aware of the problem that Megan described and now that I am, that problem needs to be addressed and Sweet Cheeks seems to be the group to tackle the problem.

Tell us about your kid(s): My two daughters are grown adults now but I do have three great grandchildren: Liam (8); Hendrix (6); and Lucia (4).

Which part of Sweet Cheeks’ current strategic plan are you most excited to work on? I don’t have one item to single out—I am willing to work on and do whatever I can!

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? Historic sites in the U.S. and Europe since I am a history buff.

What are you reading right now? Cross Justice by James Patterson.

If you had one extra hour of free time a day, how would you use it? Ride my bike on the local bike trail.

Staff Spotlight: Andree Schell

We are so lucky to have a second creative genius on our team. When Andree volunteered to run the social media for Sweet Cheeks, it freed Megan up to spend more time on tasks that grow our business. The energy and passion she gives to creating a community of folks who want to make a difference in the lives of babies is infectious. We are so thankful to have her strategic mind to pull from!

Day Job: Director of Operations

Sweet Cheeks Role: Business Manager/Social Media Director

Why are you excited to be part of the Sweet Cheeks team? After giving birth to my son last year, the importance of supporting the community we as parents are part of became a top priority for me. Sweet Cheeks has allowed me to opportunity to use my strengths to help make a difference for parents in need.

Tell us about your kid(s): My son, August, is one year old and the sweetest little boy. He’s intuitive, creative, funny and smart. He lights up my life every day.

Which part of Sweet Cheeks’ current strategic plan are you most excited to work on? I’m really looking forward to building a community online through our social media campaign. I think it is increasingly important for all parents to know that no matter your background, we are all in this together.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? My husband stole my answer for this one! I’d love to travel to Thailand and Cambodia. I’m very intrigued by their art and culture and would love to immerse myself in them to learn more. And also for the food, who are we kidding?!?

What are you reading right now? Kitchens of the Great Midwest by J Ryan Stradal. I highly recommend this book. Especially for midwesterners.

If you had one extra hour of free time a day, how would you use it? Can I have two? Hah! If I had one extra hour I would use to either sleep, garden, read, or work on art. I suppose it would depend on my mood.

If there were a holiday in your honor what would it celebrate? This is a tough one, but a holiday in my honor would probably be a little like Earth Day. We’d plant trees and flowers, play with and pet all the animals, and run around outside in the sunshine. We’d also eat our weight in pasta, guilt free.

Sweet Cheeks + The Flying Pig Marathon

Sweet Cheeks + The Flying Pig

It’s no secret we have a thing for flying pigs (I mean how cute is Morty, our diaper-wearing piggy mascot??). So we’re pretty excited to have some wonderful opportunities to fundraise AND help make Cincinnati’s annual Flying Pig Marathon a huge success at the same time. There are TWO ways you can support Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank and get involved–one involves cash and the other involves your time. We hope you’ll choose both!

#1 The Piggest Raffle Ever

This raffle is the easiest (and cutest!) raffle you’ll ever do. Simply purchase a Pig for $5 each on behalf of Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank (from the drop-down menu). For each Pig purchased, you have a chance to win on Flying Pig Marathon Weekend and the charity you select receives 100% of your donation! And new this year–more pigs for your money. Order 6 or 12 PIGS and get a discount PLUS end up with more chances to win! Here’s what it looks like on the Piggest Raffle Ever page:

Piggest Raffle Ever Flying Pig Marathon

So what do you win? If your numbered Pig is the first selected when thousands of Pigs are dropped on Friday, April 29, 2016 at the post-race of the Little Kings Mile, YOU will win$5,000 Cash and the charity for which you purchased the Pig (that’s us!!) will also receive $5,000 Cash! You do not need to be present to win but everyone is welcome to join the Pig Drop!

#2 Green Team Volunteers

We need 30 volunteers to help clean up the finish and post-recovery area of the Flying Pig on Sunday May 1st from 11am-3pm. You don’t need any special skills, and will receive an official Flying Pig volunteer shirt too. The really exciting thing? If we provide 30 volunteers from Sweet Cheeks, we get a $500 donation!! So what are you waiting for? Follow the instructions below to get signed up for a great afternoon of fun.

  1. Follow the direct link to our online volunteer registration site:http://volunteer.getmeregistered.com/events/open_opportunities.php?id=190
    OR you may visit our website to access the registration site: http://flyingpigmarathon.com/get-involved-2/volunteers/
  2. Find and select Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank from the Group list.
  3. Complete Required Volunteer Information.
  4. Use “diaper” as the group password when asked near the end of the form.
  5. Click “Get Me Registered” to submit your information.

Staff Spotlight: Gretchen Swann

Gretchen’s enthusiasm and positivity towards life in general is infectious, and it’s part of what makes her such a wonderful fundraising director for Sweet Cheeks. She’s working with the community to organize amazing events and get our name out there so the donations keep rolling in. We are so thankful to have her love of event planning and parties as she takes on such a huge part of our organization!

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Day Job: Marketing Program Manager at Paycor in Norwood

Sweet Cheeks Role: Fundraising Director

Why are you excited to be part of the Sweet Cheeks team? I love helping others….especially those that are the most vulnerable – which to me, are babies and animals. I’ve done some volunteer work with animals, but never had the opportunity to get involved with helping children. Diaper need was an issue I had never even really realized WAS an issue….but once I did, I wanted to do whatever I could to help.

Tell us about your kid(s): I have a VERY active 3-year old named Charlotte. My husband, Jeff, and I came up with the name for two reasons – we love the city, and we love Sex and the City.

Which part of Sweet Cheeks’ current strategic plan are you most excited to work on? I am so exited for our first annual signature event (the Sweet Cheeks Diaper Dash) that will be happening this fall!

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? I would love to visit England – I have always been slightly obsessed with the idea of the royal family!

What are you reading right now? I’m getting ready to start Saving Grace by Jane Green – I just finished Nicholas Sparks’ most recent novel (See Me). Believe it or not, I was an English major in college – I think that is why I love “chick lit” so much, I’m still a little burnt out on the good stuff!

If you had one extra hour of free time a day, how would you use it? Read more. Even my chick lit can take me a month or two to get through!

If there were a holiday in your honor what would it celebrate? “Don’t Worry, Be Happy” Day! Life is what you make it, so why not make it a happy one?

Staff Spotlight: Andrea Meyer

Andrea is my right-hand woman. From help filling out our 501c3 paperwork to brainstorming and creating documents to teaching us all the rules and regulations that go along with nonprofits, Andrea has a knowledge base from years in the nonprofit world that we tap into daily. She is an integral part of the strategic planning for Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank and is amazing at the long-term planning that will help us quickly grow.

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Day Job: Content Developer with Cengage Learning

Sweet Cheeks Role: Development Director

Why are you excited to be part of the Sweet Cheeks team?  I am looking forward to helping children in my city that otherwise would not have it.  To know that I am bettering the lives of children and their families by helping supply clean diapers to them.  It gives me a warm heart knowing that I am bringing smiles to so many people.

Tell us about your kid(s): I have a 2 year old son, who is a bundle of energy.  He loves to talk to everyone, read books and explore the outdoors.  He has brought new meaning to my life, and I can see the love he has to give and I hope that he will continue to have that as he grows up.

Which part of Sweet Cheeks’ current strategic plan are you most excited to work on? I am excited to find ways to connect Sweet Cheeks with the community, and see how those connections can grow the diaper bank.

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be and why? I would go to the Galapagos Islands.  My brother-in-law went and said it is like something out of dreams, and I want to experience that.  The solitude of nature and the general beauty of life in its truest form.

What are you reading right now? Nothing.  I am in search of a good book to start!

If you had one extra hour of free time a day, how would you use it? I would spend it with my husband.  We are both so busy and it would be nice to just have that one hour to ourselves.

If there were a holiday in your honor what would it celebrate? It would celebrate my love of philanthropic involvement.  Everyone would spend the day helping with what they hold near and dear to their hearts.

Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank Newsletter

We’re excited to be able to offer an online, monthly newsletter to our supporters. This newsletter will arrive at least once a month (sometimes more if there’s a super exciting update to share) to your inbox and will include lots of information about our organization such as:

  • How many diapers went out the door in the previous month
  • How many children we served in the previous month
  • Spotlights on partner agencies
  • Spotlights on sponsors
  • Volunteer features
  • Spotlights on diaper drives
  • Important updates about Sweet Cheeks and our growth
  • Upcoming events you can attend
  • Specific needs we have at the moment

I mean it’s really a no-brainer: if you want to be up-to-date with all the latest Sweet Cheeks info and learn all the ways your donations are making a HUGE difference, sign up today!

How, you ask? Find the “Subscribe” box at the bottom of each page of our website:

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We Need Diaper Drop-Off Locations

Hi friends–we need your help! We have people all over Cincinnati who want to donate diapers to us, and we want to make that as easy as possible.

The problem? My house isn’t exactly convenient to everyone.
The solution? Drop-off locations around the city.

How Does This Work?
It’s easy! We are looking for businesses, libraries, stores, daycares, play cafes, etc. all over the Greater Cincinnati area that would be willing to display one of our diaper drop-off bins (pictured below) at their location. People will drop off their open or new packages of diapers at a location that is convenient to them.

When Will You Get The Diapers?
We’ll pick up the diapers whenever you need us to, or whenever we’re ready to wrap diapers for the month—whichever comes first.

How Will People Know To Bring Them to Me?
We’ll post your location’s name (and a link to your website) on our website.

What Else Would I Need to Do? 
The only thing we ask is that you have the bin in a location that you are able to verify is secure–we want to make sure every diaper that is donated is getting to the families who need them.

Ready To Get Started?
We’re happy to have you as part of the team. Contact Amy Boldt ([email protected]) to get set up with a drop-off bin!

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The lovely ladies at Bucketheads with a happy hour diaper donation bin. Bins are white, discrete and compact!