...dedicated to providing diapers to children and adults in need.

Thank you for helping us Amplify Austin!

We are moving to a larger space so Central Texas babies have the diapers they need to be happy and healthy.

Austin Diaper Bank is looking for sponsors

Community support is needed to meet the need.

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If you want to make a big difference with just a little bit of your time, please volunteer.

Partner Spotlight

Austin Diaper Bank is proud to provide diapers to SafePlace.

Wednesday, April 1, 2015

KXAN News Features Austin Diaper Bank and the Growing Need for Adult Diapers

KXAN News aired a great story about Austin Diaper Bank and its assistance for senior citizens in need. Watch the video below or click here.

Monday, March 23, 2015

We're moving on up (to 700 square feet)!


At the end of March, Austin Diaper Bank will be moving from one suite to another in the Lamar Business Park. Going from 400 square feet to 700 square feet will provide desperately needed space for diaper storage. The current diaper bank space is maxed out and the founder is back to storing diapers at her house. The big move is Saturday March 28th at 10 am and you are invited to help. Longhorn Truck Rentals has graciously donated a truck for our move. Come on down to 5555 N. Lamar Blvd. Suite K105 if you'd like to help.




Tuesday, March 3, 2015

Diapers as Hope: Austin Diaper Bank Helps SafePlace Survivors

A Short Story that has Big Results: How ADB Helps SafePlace Survivors
Something many people don't realize about domestic violence is that the most dangerous time for a woman in a violent relationship, other than when she is fleeing, is when she is pregnant or has just given birth. Karen*, who fled with her newborn from an increasingly abusive husband, knows just how powerful a pack of diapers can be for a mother in crisis.

Moving and starting over is stressful for anyone, but starting over with absolutely nothing except for the infant crying in your arms would be too much for almost anyone to bear. Like most of the mothers who come through the doors of the shelter at SafePlace, Karen's thoughts were not on herself, but on her daughter. How would she provide for her? How would they live?

When Karen's Survivor Support Specialist brought her a supply of diapers and wipes that we had received from the Austin Diaper Bank a huge smile of relief crossed her face. She told us she felt like a weight had been lifted off her shoulders and that these diapers weren't just something that her daughter could wear, they were a symbol that she and her newborn weren't alone in their struggles. She still has a long way to go in her journey and a tremendous task ahead of her, but thanks to the Austin Diaper Bank, she doesn't have to worry about diapers during her shelter stay.


If you are touched by this story, please consider giving to help Grow Austin Diaper Bank:
http://bit.ly/AmplifyADB

Sunday, February 1, 2015

Grow the Bank During Amplify Austin

Thursday March 5th at 6 pm to Friday March 6th at 6 pm is Amplify Austin, a 24-hour period of giving to local non-profits. Last year, Amplify Austin raised over $5 million and this year's goal is $7 million, all for great causes that are right here in our area.
Austin Diaper Bank's goal in 2014 was to get its own space and we were able to, due to the great response from the community. We raised $4,000 and signed a lease on a small but very important office of 400 sq. ft. This space has allowed us to gather nearly 100,000 diapers in 2014 alone and we are proud to have served over 25 agencies and nearly 2,000 people- all with volunteers in our tiny space. As you can see, it's mighty full!



Our goal for Amplify Austin in 2015 is to grow the bank by raising enough money ($9,000) to double our operating space. If we do, we would have enough room to safely store more diapers, allow more volunteers to work and double the number of people we serve. It's a bargain when you think that nearly 2,000 more people in Central Texas can get the help they desperately need. We ask members in the community who can afford to give: give generously to end a silent crisis that is utterly preventable with just a bit of money and effort. Diaper need in Austin can be crushed with kindness.

  • Donating money is easy, click here. You can give a gift during the event or schedule it now (set it and forget it!). 
  • Helping us fundraise is very helpful, click here. We'll even craft the messages for you so you can just cut and paste. 
  • We also have some great events planned to celebrate Amplify Austin, click here to check them out. 
Thank you Austin, for all your support and kindness. The relief and joy in the eyes of the mothers we help is worth every minute we spend on this cause.



Saturday, January 31, 2015

Need a New New Year's Resolution?


My New Year's Resolution: The Diaper-A-Day Challenge
by Amanda Motes

The background:
My New Year's Resolution is to find a way to more consistently support a non-profit in my area.  Why?  Because while I know that  any donation of any size at any time is always very appreciated, I also know that nonprofits can really use a steady donation stream to be able to best plan and utilize their resources.  However,  I'm a stay-at-home mom with a  5-year-old and 1 1/2-year-old, so extra dollars are not always at my disposal.  The result?  My goal for 2015: set aside one diaper a day to donate to the Austin Diaper Bank.

The plan:
For me, I'm less likely to get nervous about a dwindling diaper supply if I literally set aside one diaper a day (as opposed to taking out 7 a week or 30 at the beginning of the month).  So I'll put them in a box each day and take them to the Austin Diaper Bank once a month. Luckily there are several drop-off sites near me, so that part should be easy.

Why this cause matters to me:
When I found out that diapers are not covered by public assistance programs, such as SNAP and even WIC, I was shocked.  With two little ones myself, I know how both how expensive and how essential diapers are.

The impact:

I wondered whether or not this plan would really make any difference, so I ran the numbers.  With 365 days in the year, and using the average diaper use in my household (about 6 each day), 365 diapers would diaper a baby for 2 whole months!  So yes, I think it would definitely bring help to a local family in need.  And if just 5 other families join me, together we can diaper a baby for a full year!  So who's with me?!

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

2014 Year in Review: How Austin Diaper Bank Impacted Central Texas

2014 was Austin Diaper Bank's first full year and we were busy! Here is our report card:


Diapers taken in since inception: 140,000 (that's 17,500 days of diaper changes)
Diapers collected this year: nearly 100,000
Operating space obtained in 2014: 400 sq. ft.
Number of non-profits benefiting from our services: 30+
Total number of people served:1,800+
Average number of children and senior citizens helped each month: 150

Goals for 2015: Expand into at least a 800-1000 sq. ft space and hire our first staff member so we can serve 3,000+ people.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Who Our Diapers Help: Mark and Anna's Story


Imagine a normal night at home, eating dinner, relaxing, looking forward to getting to bed early and unwinding. But then suddenly the phone rings and someone asks if you would be willing to open your home to a newborn baby….tonight.  You have one hour to prepare for this baby, only knowing their name and why they are coming into foster care.  Where do you start? Thanks to the Austin Diaper Bank, one thing our foster families don’t have to worry about is diapers.

Many of the foster families with Helping Hand Home for Children go through this scenario all too often.  They are willing to open their homes to children who have to be removed from their families in a moment’s notice due to abuse and neglect.  They are able to provide love, safety, and a nurturing home when the children need it most.  No two scenarios are ever the same, therefore it is almost impossible to prepare for every situation.

The Austin Diaper Bank has truly been an amazing support to families like Mark and Anna. Over the last year Mark and Anna have welcomed nine different foster children into their home, seven of which wore diapers.  The ages of these sweet children ranged from newborn up to six years old and they lived in their home for as little as one day to almost a year.  It takes a village to raise a child and the Austin Diaper Bank has gone above and beyond to help support one of the community’s most vulnerable populations, our foster youth.  We are so grateful to have them as a part of our village and our children and families thank you from the bottom of our hearts.


From the Helping Hand Home for Children Foster and Adoption Program

You can donate to Austin Diaper Bank to help emergency foster babies, like the ones Mark and Anna welcome into their home. Thank you for your support.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014

Our Goal for 2015: Serve More Babies and Seniors

Austin Diaper Bank has provided over 100,000 diapers to babies and seniors in need since its founding in summer of 2013. Our first goal was to raise enough money to be able to have our own space. In May 2014, we achieved that and signed a lease on a small, but very important office space in north central Austin. This space has allowed us to have volunteer groups come in to help and we can store up to 40,000 diapers for the community. While that sounds like a lot of diapers, it is nowhere near the 250,000 diapers we need to distribute annually to be eligible for free diapers from Huggies and to attempt to meet the need in the Austin area.

For 2015, the next step is to provide professional, full-time leadership for the organization. Since its inception, founder Beverly Hamilton has been running the organization for next to nothing. To be able to expand and give the organization the time it needs, a full-time director is necessary. We are raising $50,000 in the next couple of months for this reason. You can directly impact babies, toddlers and senior citizens in Central Texas by giving what you can afford this holiday season. No gift is too small. Every gift matters. Be a part of something larger than yourself and you can say that your helped Austin Diaper Bank back when it was small. :) Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays to you all! Click here before December 31 for that tax deduction.

Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Time Warner Cable News Piece: Keeping Your Local Diaper Bank Well-Stocked


Austin Diaper Bank was featured on Time Warner Cable News in their piece Keeping Your Local Diaper Bank Well-Stocked. Founder Beverly Hamilton talks about why the diaper was formed and its work in the community. Watch the video here.

Tuesday, December 9, 2014

Why You Should Support Austin Diaper Bank This Christmas

By Helen Young

As we get closer to the festive season, children all over the world are beginning to write their wish lists to Santa – or, if they’re not old enough – to start making their requests for what they would like for Christmas to their mom and dad. Parents have the task of keeping the magic alive with pretty lights, traditional food and perfect presents. While most people are looking forward to the holidays and the time they will spend together, for some families the season is a headache because they struggle to put food on the table so trying to buy gifts and other items.
Over the past decade there has been a more than 76% increase in the number of Austin residents living in poverty. A surge of people coming to live in Austin is to blame as it has driven house and rental prices up as the demand for accommodation soars. Another problem is that many of the hard working families in Austin simply aren’t being paid wages that are adequate enough to provide for basic living standards. Expensive housing coupled with low wages spells crisis.  40% of people living in Travis County spend more than half of their total wage on rent, a situation which is not sustainable and which should be a top human rights issue for governmental agencies and citizens alike. The Austin-Round Rock area is joint eighth place with Indianapolis for having the fastest growing poverty rate in the country.
The most vulnerable in our society – children – are the ones who are affected most deeply by poverty.

15% of Children in Austin Now Live in Severe Poverty
11,000 or 15% of Austin’s children live in extreme poverty, making life harder for them from the start. The effects of poverty start from babyhood with poor children having higher infant mortality rates than children from financially stable families. They also face a greater frequency of health challenges like asthma and diseases caused by malnutrition – a result of the high cost of groceries and the unaffordability of healthy food options that struggling parents can purchase. With reductions in the amount of food stamps the poorest families receive, some moms have resorted to re-using disposable diapers by flushing away the solids and then reattaching the diaper. This may make you shudder but the reality is, it often comes down to a choice between food and diapers for such families and the need for food will always win over the need for diapers.


Austin Diaper Bank is providing the Solution
Austin Diaper Bank helps provide a solution by donating diapers for local social services agencies. These agencies can then pass them on to children in need. In response to environmental concerns, Austin Diaper Bank can also donate second-hand cloth diapers that can be given to families who do have the facilities to wash them.
You can assist another family during the festive season by making a donation of unwanted cloth diapers to the diaper bank. Eco-friendly, biodegradable disposables, an acceptable choice for daycare centers, are also welcome. These diapers are usually made from recycled ingredients and don’t contain harsh chemicals, making them ideal for babies with sensitive skin. Their pricing, sometimes more than top brand disposables, puts them out of the reach of needy families.



Source:
Megan V Smith et al, Diaper Need and its Impact on Child Health, Pediatrics Vol. 132 No. 2 August 1, 2013, pp. 253 -259, accessed November 18, 2014, (doi: 10.1542/peds.2013-0597), http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/132/2/253.abstract?sid=92ac6c68-704a-44cf-b575-ea1d5feaabcf
Lauren Alberta et al, Diaper Dye Dermatitis, Pediatrics Vol. 116 No. 3 September 1, 2005, pp. e450 -e452, accessed November 18, 2014, (doi: 10.1542/peds.2004-2066), http://pediatrics.aappublications.org/content/116/3/e450.abstract?sid=92ac6c68-704a-44cf-b575-ea1d5feaabcf
Austin’s Poverty Rate on the Rise as Rents Skyrocket, Time Warner Cable News, accessed November 18, 2014, http://austin.twcnews.com/content/news/299211/austin-s-poverty-rate-on-the-rise-as-rents-skyrocket
Parents Who Can’t Afford Diapers are Re-Using Dirty Ones, Slate, accessed November 18, 2014, http://www.slate.com/blogs/xx_factor/2013/10/28/reusing_dirty_diapers_for_some_parents_living_in_poverty_this_is_the_only.html