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Thursday, December 26, 2013

VMware Hosts Holiday Diaper Drive

VMware hosted a diaper drive during this holiday season, spearheaded by our wonderful volunteer Andrea. They collected nearly a thousand diapers and a bunch of baby wipes! Thanks to this great group of co-workers, the babies and toddlers we support will have a reliable supply of diapers. 1000 diapers can keep 10 kiddos happy and healthy for nearly two weeks. We are so appreciative of your time and effort VMware!

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Poverty Never Takes A Holiday

Taken from Nancy's Burns' article written Dec. 10, 2013 for United Way's Alberta Capital Region.
In December, festive gatherings and gift giving is the norm for many people. The hype and advertising for the holiday season depict a joyous time of perfect presents, delicious meals and extravagant social visits.
However, for many individuals and families in our community, the holiday season is very stressful. People in poverty struggle all year to make ends meet. The decision to either buy food or pay the rent becomes even more challenging with the additional pressure of the holidays. A festive turkey dinner and a beautiful tree with plenty of presents may be a far-fetched dream for some families. The holiday traditions that supposedly contribute to the perfect family Christmas are unrealistic for people in poverty.
Sometimes the stress of not having enough money during the holiday season can lead to or accelerate domestic violence. Suicide rates increase. More people experience depression. Individuals who struggle with addictions can be tempted to slip back into old habits.
Loneliness is also more prevalent for people during holiday times, especially for seniors in poverty...read more.

Friday, December 20, 2013

We are looking for office/warehouse space: Can you help?

Austin Diaper Bank is growing and in need of an office and warehouse space. We figure with so many businesses out there, maybe one has some extra space to give us. We would prefer not to be too far out on a particular side of town, to make deliveries and donations easier to make. If there is a business out there who wants to write off that extra space and help out a growing non-profit, please let us know.
Any leads?   

Pflugerville MOMS Club Holiday Diaper Drive = 600+ Diapers!

This amazing group of ladies (and their cute kiddos) helped to collect over 600 diapers for Austin's babies in need! Their generosity is much appreciated. Diaper drives like this help sustain our diaper inventory so we can continue to help provide diapers to wonderful groups like Foundation for the Homeless and Austin Children's Shelter. Great job! Want to hold a diaper drive to help out? Click here.

Monday, December 16, 2013

How Our Diapers Help Hope Alliance Crisis Center


Hope Alliance Crisis Center in Round Rock does important work to assist those affected with family and sexual violence. Their operations include a 24-hour crisis hotline, emergency shelter, transitional housing, counseling, education, prevention and advocacy. Hope Alliance serves nearly 3,000 people each year, mostly women and children.

Often, victims of domestic violence leave behind all their possessions, including diapers, to escape a dangerous situation. Here is just one story about how our diapers can help their clients:

"We recently had a single mom flee to the shelter with her 9 month boy and 2 year old daughter. Both of the kids were in diapers, but their mom wasn't even able to bring a diaper bag with her. On their first night in shelter, we were able to provide her with a case of diapers for each kid, wipes, baby powder, baby shampoo and other baby necessities. Though this might seem small and expected for most people, this gave the mom a sense of relief knowing she didn't have to spend the few dollars she had on diapers and wipes." 

Austin Diaper Bank is happy to support Hope Alliance Crisis Center with diapers for the children of their clients.

Tuesday, December 10, 2013

For Want of a Diaper, A Future Could Be Lost. Two Futures.


From Katha Pollitt at The Nation: Here’s a little window into poverty, American- style. According to a Yale University study published in August in Pediatrics magazine, almost 30 percent of low-income women with children in diapers can’t afford an adequate supply of them, with Hispanic women and grandmothers raising grandchildren the most likely to be in need. Some women are forced to make one or two nappies last the whole day, emptying them out and putting them back on the baby. Based on a survey of almost 900 low-income women in and around New Haven, Connecticut, investigators found the lack of diapers—such a simple thing—had profound and complex effects. The risks to children’s health are obvious: rashes, urinary tract infections, painful chafing. (If a mom is too poor to afford diapers, she probably can’t afford diaper cream or wipes or baby powder, either.) But to their surprise, the study authors also found that not being able to provide this necessary item (to say nothing of having a baby prone to fussing because of the discomfort of a constantly wet and dirty bottom) was a major cause of mental problems like stress, anxiety and depression in mothers. Maternal depression, we know, is associated with all kinds of problems in children, especially for poor kids, who need heroic parenting to overcome the many obstacles they face. Diapers are also necessary for kids entering daycare—no diapers, no enrollment. And no enrollment may mean a mother can’t take a job. For want of a diaper, a future could be lost. Two futures. Read more at original post.

Monday, December 9, 2013

Help Us Win $1000 from Radiant Plumbing Helping Hands Program!

It's easy! All you have to do is Like and/or Share this link on Facebook! If we get the most likes and shares, we will win $1000. Thank you!

https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=440898702703580&set=a.441340655992718.1073741832.411961718930612&type=1&theater




Wednesday, December 4, 2013

New Diaper Donation Spot: Toy Time in Pflugerville

Hey Pflugerville, Round Rock and Hutto! We have a new diaper donation drop spot in your neck of the woods: Toy Time in downtown Pflugerville. Toy Time carries cool brands like Goldie Blox and Green Toys. They even have in-store petting zoos and other events. You can rent their party room too. It looks like a big tree house! Toy Time also does birthday bins- a gift registry for the birthday boy or girl.  If your little one has outgrown some diapers that you'd like to donate, bring them by! Or if you like to support us this holiday season while getting some shopping done for the kids, look no further than Toy Time! Size 5 diapers would be most appreciated!

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

Learn from the Best: Cheese and Wine 101

The Austin Wine Merchant and Antonelli's Cheese Shop will be schooling us on all things cheese and wine on Tuesday December 10th from 6:30-8:30pm.  We will be guided through 7 cheeses and 7 wines while enjoying the cozy comfort of Antonelli's Cheese House.

This night will be a great way to ring in the holiday season, while contributing to a great cause! All proceeds will go towards adult diapers for AGE of Central Texas and HAND, who help a large percentage of disabled and homebound elderly.

We even have prizes for lucky guests from our great sponsors at Embellish, Marye's Gourmet Pizza and more. The $60 ticket price is a great price for all the wine, cheese and knowledge you will get at this event. Only a handful of tickets are still available here.
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Monday, December 2, 2013

Austin Diaper Bank Named Best New Charity of 2013 by Austin Monthly's Best of the City

It's right there on page 100 of the December issue of Austin Monthly: Austin Diaper Bank is the Best New Charity of 2013. We are thrilled! Here is a photo of our article but we'd encourage you to pick up a copy and check out all the other Best of the City winners.


Giving Tuesday: What It's All About


Giving Tuesday was created to celebrate a national day of giving at the start of the holiday season. It supports non-profit organizations and their activities. The hope is that after shopping on Black Friday and Cyber Monday, people will give to the charities of their choice on the following Tuesday. We think it's a great way to bring awareness to an important part of our community.

Wednesday, November 27, 2013

It's official! Austin Diaper Bank has 501(c)(3) public charity status!


We are happy to report that Austin Diaper Bank is exempt under section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code! That means a lot of things- namely that donations to Austin Diaper Bank are tax deductible!  Thank you to everyone who has given a donation so far to help us apply for this status and to carry out the important work we do.

Sunday, November 24, 2013

What Helping Hand Home for Children Says About Austin Diaper Bank


From one of the Helping Hand Home staff members: "I am so grateful for the Diaper Bank donations. It is great to be able to take any additional burdens off of our foster families and diapers are such a high need. So many times we have emergency placements where children come in and they just have nothing but the clothes/diaper they are wearing. If a donation of diapers saves them a trip to the store so they are available instead to spend time with the child/children in their home making sure they feel safe and secure; that is a real gift. Thank you so much."

Saturday, November 23, 2013

Her Two Cents: Why Poor People's Bad Decisions Make Perfect Sense

This powerful blog post is getting a lot of attention so we thought we'd share. Night cook Linda Tirado talks about her personal struggles as a person in poverty:

There's no way to structure this coherently. They are random observations that might help explain the mental processes. But often, I think that we look at the academic problems of poverty and have no idea of the why. We know the what and the how, and we can see systemic problems, but it's rare to have a poor person actually explain it on their own behalf. So this is me doing that, sort of.

Read the rest of the article here:
http://www.huffingtonpost.com/linda-tirado/why-poor-peoples-bad-decisions-make-perfect-sense_b_4326233.html

Thursday, November 21, 2013

New Donation Drop Spot in Westlake: College Nannies + Tutors!


Austin Diaper Bank is excited to announce a new diaper donation location: College Nannies + Tutors in Westlake.  This locally owned and operated business is committed to helping families grow stronger by finding nannies or tutors who serve as role models.  Located on Bee Caves Road in Rollingwood, College Nannies + Tutors is helping give back to the community. We are so appreciative of their support! Check out this recent article in the Statesman featuring College Nannies + Tutors' Doug and Donna Balser. See our other donation locations here.

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

Covenant Presbyterian Church Day of Service Drive Nets Over 800 Diapers

We are thrilled to have the support of Covenant Presbyterian Church and their Day of Service on November 9th. At this Day of Service, over 800 diapers were donated for Austin's babies and toddlers in need.  Thank you to those members and staff who worked so hard to make this happen. Special appreciation goes to ADB volunteer Deanna Brittain for introducing us to Covenant and their great work.  You too can host a diaper drive. It's an easy way to give back during this holiday season. Check it out here.

Monday, November 18, 2013

Cheese 101 and Wine, Benefiting Austin Diaper Bank

We are very excited about our holiday event: Cheese 101 with Wine! Antonelli's Cheese House in Hyde Park is hosting this lovely and intimate evening on Tuesday December 10th.  Their expert cheesemonger will step us through the seven styles of cheese with food pairings while we enjoy tastings of California wine.  Prizes will be given away from wonderful sponsors such as Embellish and Maryre's Gourmet Pizza.  Proceeds go to purchase adult diapers for HAND and AGE.  Only 20 seats remain for this special event. Tickets can be purchased here.


Friday, November 15, 2013

From NPR: "Being Tight On Money, Short On Diapers Brings Health Issues"

On NPR's "All Things Considered" a couple of weeks ago, Joanne Goldblum from the National Diaper Bank Network was interviewed about diaper need.  As a social worker and founder of the Diaper Bank in New Haven, CT, she has seen it all. Listen here (3 minute clip).




Wednesday, November 13, 2013

Great Diaper Deals: Diaper Buy Prices and Deals


Austin Diaper Bank tries to get the lowest price possible for diapers and you can too! We don't buy diapers unless we hit a certain price per diaper. You can use this as a rule of thumb when you are in the store or shopping online. I just keep my calculator handy to figure out the cost per diaper. A good deal is any price per diaper that falls below the listed values below (by size).

NB/1- 14 cents
2- 16 cents
3- 18 cents
4- 22 cents
5- 26 cents
6- 29 cents


We use SouthernSavers.com to find deals and coupons all in one place.  Check out this search for diapers on sale this week.  For example, Walmart has Huggies 50 count packs for $8.09 with tax when you use the printable coupon, which works out to 16 cents per diaper. Not a bad deal! Randalls has Pampers Jumbo packs (50 count) at $6.49 with the printable coupon and that also works out to 16 cents per diaper. It takes a little extra time to look for these deals but we do so to make sure we get as many diapers as possible for each donated dollar.

Tuesday, November 12, 2013

We Give Thanks For Our Wonderful Drop-Off Locations!

We thank our diaper drop-off locations for serving such an important role in what Austin Diaper Bank does. They allow us to get diapers from people who don't need them anymore (or who just want to give new packs of diapers) to people who really need them.  Check them out and support them for helping our community. Our current diaper drop locations are:

Friday, November 8, 2013

Community Drives Sustain Austin Diaper Bank Inventory

The only way a diaper bank can be successful is if its community undertakes diapers drives. It's extremely difficult for a diaper bank to conduct enough drives on its own to meet demand. Some wonderful organizations decided to host diaper or recycling drives recently and we wanted to publicly thank them:


Hosting a diaper drive is easy and fun. Here's how to conduct a drive and give back to our community to help a silent crisis.

Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Recycle These Items and Save Them From the Landfill!


Austin Diaper Bank is pleased to be able to recycle items that would normally end up in the trash can. Through a partnership with Terracycle, we are able to accept the following for recycling:

  • Plastic dairy containers, including yogurt, pudding, sour cream containers. Rinsed and stacked.
  • Baby food pouches, empty with cap.
  • Diaper and wipe plastic packaging.
Bag these up and drop them at your nearest drop-off location. We get one cent per item and it adds up to mean more diapers we can buy for those in need in our community (And less trash out in the world!).

Monday, November 4, 2013

5 Things You Can Buy With Food Stamps and Diapers Aren't One of Them.

With all the talk about the reductions slated for SNAP (food stamp program), we'd like to point out that diapers are not available on this program, nor any other federal assistance program, including WIC (Women, Infants and Children Supplemental Nutrition Program).   According to this article from Time, many surprising things ARE allowable purchases with SNAP: Candy and Red Bull, just to name two.

http://business.time.com/2013/11/01/5-surprising-things-you-can-buy-with-food-stamps/?hpt=hp_t3


Saturday, November 2, 2013

"Those People": Do You Know Who Needs Our Help?

This blog article by Jennifer Ball is a touching and scathing account about finding herself in circumstances where she was forced to use a food pantry when times were very tough. Her story is like many of our clients. Floods, divorces, layoffs, all take their toll. Please take a moment to read and appreciate how hard it can be for those in need.

http://www.scarymommy.com/those-people/

Her follow-up post to this blog is also a helpful reminder of what you can donate to help address the hunger issue in your community:

http://happyhausfrau.blogspot.com/2013/11/hashtag-quinoa.html.

Diapers always help families with young children: http://www.austindiapers.org/p/diapers.html. Funds to buy diapers are great as well: http://www.austindiapers.org/p/donate.html.

Thank you for your support!



Friday, November 1, 2013

500 Homes Affected By October 30 Floods: Can You Help?

Families in South Austin, Pflugerville, Hutto and Wimberley affected by the recent floods are being housed in Red Cross shelters that have opened in both Travis and Williamson counties. Austin Diaper Bank is helping by delivering diapers for families with little ones.  How can you help? Simply donate diapers at one of our 5 drop-off locations or buy diapers from our wish list and they will be shipped directly to the diaper bank.  Thank you for helping our friends who have lost everything they own. Many were lucky to escape with their lives. We feel it is the very least we can do is make sure the babies and toddlers affected by this crisis have the diapers they need to stay dry and healthy.

Thursday, October 31, 2013

Know What's Spooky? That Pumpkin Spice Latte Habit Is the Same Cost as Diapering a Baby!

It's true! If you grab a latte three times a week, that's about $12 a week. Assuming an average number of diapers and the price per diaper we get, Austin Diaper Bank can diaper a baby for that cost. Consider giving thanks this holiday season and using your morning coffee money for a great cause: providing diapers to a sweet newborn at the Austin Children's Shelter or a sassy toddler at Settlement Home for Children. We even assist medically fragile children at Kids At The Crossroads who need diapers for a longer period of time.  It feels good to help our fellow Austinites. Give the gift of health in the form of a clean, reliable supply of diapers by donating here.

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Be the Do-Gooder in Your Workplace and Feel the Karma High: Host a Diaper Drive

With the holidays just around the corner, it is the perfect time to plan how you will give thanks for your many blessings. A diaper drive is an easy, no hassle way to directly affect the lives of people in your community. There are an estimated 12,000 Austin children in a diaper need situation. Just follow these steps to be the rockstar in your workplace, your friends and family, and in the eyes of Austin Diaper Bank:

1. Choose a timeframe and theme. A week is good but some places will do a month.  "Give Thanks, Give Diapers" is a standard theme but we are sure you can be more creative than that.

2. Clear the thing with HR/the boss, obviously. You might have to alter your step 1. You might want to set goals or have departments compete to make it even more fun. If you want your diapers to go to specific organization(s), we'd be happy to arrange that.

3. Announce the drive: at a staff meeting and/or whatever fits your work culture. Someone from the diaper bank would be happy to talk about the particulars of where the diapers go etc. Work that theme, get excited! (We get excited to hear about these plans too, so keep us in the loop!)

4. Now you are off to the races, collecting diapers. It's so rewarding to see them pile up! Take photos. Celebrate the success by sharing your results with your co-workers during the drive.

5. Email/call Austin Diaper Bank to transport diapers or have us pick them up. THERE! You helped kids and senior citizens in five easy steps. Santa will be very good to you this year!

We hope you'll help make Austin Diaper Bank a sustainable success this holiday season. All you have to is . Who wouldn't want to make a baby this happy?!

Friday, October 25, 2013

We are looking for an intern to work on marketing and social media!

Austin Diaper Bank is looking for a Social Media/Marketing Intern. We are looking for someone who can spend 5-ish hours a week (depends on your productivity, might be less) on generating content for website/blog, Twitter, Facebook, etc. Print and video skills are helpful. Marketing strategy/planning abilities for events and organization as a whole. Must be a college student or have marketing experience. Interested? Please send a resume and a little bit about why you want the role and what you can contribute to drbeverlyhamilton at gmail dot com.

Thursday, October 24, 2013

What Do All of Our Partner Agencies Have In Common?

Answer: They all receive diapers from the Austin Diaper Bank! We have provided diapers to 11 different non-profit organizations in our first 5 months of operation. Giving diapers or dollars to the Austin Diaper Bank also helps the following groups:

  • Any Baby Can
  • Austin Children's Shelter
  • Austin LifeCare
  • AGE (Austin Groups for the Elderly)
  • HAND Austin (Helping the Aging, Needy and Disabled)
  • Helping Hand Home for Children
  • Hope Alliance
  • Kids At the Crossroads
  • Partnerships for Children
  • SafePlace
  • Settlement Home for Children
These groups serve Austin and the surrounding areas. Organizations like these take care of our less fortunate babies, children and senior citizens. Donating diapers or dollars can help diaper a baby like 4 month old Elizabeth, whose mother is trying to get on her feet after fleeing an abusive partner. Or they might keep diaper costs low for Ernie, a disabled veteran living on a fixed income. Diapers are a necessity to live a healthy and happy life. With the holidays coming up, now is the time to act- to help Austin Diaper Bank make a difference in the lives of our fellow Austinites. Please donate diapers or dollars today.


Saturday, October 19, 2013

Welcome to our newest diaper drop location: Dance Xplosion in SW Austin!

We are excited to report that our newest diaper drop location is at Dance XPlosion in Southwest Austin. Located at Escarpment and Davis, Dance Xplosion is over 6,000 square feet of space with a full range of classes for two year olds on to adults.  They have everything from ballet to jazz to hip hop. Dance Xplosion even has yoga!  Austin Diaper Bank is lucky to have Dance Xplosion as a partner in our effort to fight diaper need.

Thursday, October 17, 2013

Tonight's the Night! Beer and Cheese For a Good Cause.

Austin Diaper Bank is excited to hold the first annual Beer and Cheese Tasting Benefiting Babies event tonight at 6:30! We are so grateful to our sponsors: Antonelli's Cheese Shop, Artisanal Imports, Mirror Mirror Salon, and Toot Sweet Cupcakes.  This event will allow us to purchase over 2,000 diapers for Austinites who need an extra helping hand.  We know we can change lives with diapers and are so happy for all the support we have received from sponsors, volunteers and the public. Thank you!

There are a couple of tickets left, get them while you can: http://bit.ly/18vJw3I.

Saturday, October 12, 2013

One week and one elementary school class = 2,200 diapers!


It's amazing what a small group of people can do when they work together for a common goal. The SBLC (Strength-based Learning Cohort) at Kiker Elementary conducted a week-long diaper drive.  Led by their teachers Ms. Blake, Ms. Forrest and Ms. Reiman, these students netted over 2,200 diapers for Austin's babies and toddlers in need. Special thanks to Sadie Shriftman and Carrie Keith for bringing them the idea and helping out.  What an inspiration these students are. Gold stars for all!

Thursday, October 10, 2013

One Week Away! The Easiest Way to Give Back: Beer and Cheese Tasting at Antonelli's Cheese House.

This could be you!

Round up your buddies and come sit a spell. We have craft beers, great cheeses and desserts to tempt your tastebuds at the first annual Beer and Cheese Tasting Benefiting Babies.  Next Thursday October 17th at 6:30, join us at Antonelli's Cheese House while we sample and snack. We have prizes to give away as well. $40 covers all your beer and food, plus a modest donation to benefit the tots we diaper at Austin Children's Shelter, LifeWorks, Austin LifeCare and many other wonderful organizations. Tickets available here.

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

UT Austin's Kappa Delta Sorority Completes Fall Diaper Drive

The ladies at Kappa Delta, specifically the Pledge Class of '13, worked hard in September to get over 1,400 diapers for Austin Diaper Bank.  These diapers will specifically go to help the babies and toddlers at Lifeworks Austin and Hope Alliance Shelter in Round Rock. Thank you ladies for giving back to the greater Austin community.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Hooray for MOMS Club of SE Round Rock/Hutto!

Those moms of SE Round Rock/Hutto deserve a round of applause! Their diaper drive during the month of September brought in 2,568 diapers! That many diapers will supply 10 children for a whole month.  That's one month for their moms and dads to feel great about keeping their babies dry, healthy and happy. Austin Diaper Bank is only successful when great groups like these put on diaper drives. We salute you MOMS Club of SE Round Rock and Hutto!

Monday, September 30, 2013

Don't the 20% of American children who live in poverty deserve even a little of the attention paid Miley Cyrus?

The title of this article is just one of many great points made by Joanne Goldblum, Executive Director of the National Diaper Bank Network, in her recent blog for Huffington Post.  She wonders why media coverage of poverty is so sporadic, especially when the numbers of Americans living in poverty continues to rise. Help us by reading more here and spreading the word about diaper need and poverty.

Thank you for supporting Austin Diaper Bank and if you have not contributed already, you can do so here.

Friday, September 27, 2013

Austin Diaper Bank has reached 20,000 diapers donated!

We are elated to report that we have surpassed 20,000 diapers donated! Thank you to everyone who has donated diapers, their time or money to this important cause. A special thank you to our diaper drop locations: BabyEarth, Brilliant Sky Toys, Kaleidoscope Toys, Pumpkin Patch Children's Stores North and South, and The Little Gym of South Austin. Another round of appreciation for the preschools and daycare centers who have allowed diaper locations at their schools. Lastly, thank you to those of you who have volunteered to put on diaper drives!

Austin Diaper Bank is a 100% volunteer-run organization. We would not have made it this far without our board of three and our volunteer council of approximately twelve dedicated individuals. We've shown that even a few people banding together can make a difference. 

We hope you will join us by volunteering, making a donation, giving diapers or helping to spread the word about diaper need in the United States and our local community. We have an upcoming community event to raise awareness about Austin Diaper Bank, featuring beer, cheese, and fun.  Hope to see you there.  Let's keep up this success!

Wednesday, September 25, 2013

Partner Spotlight: Kids At The Crossroads


Austin Diaper Bank is pleased to be able to supply diapers to Kids At The Crossroads.
Kids at the Crossroads, Inc. is a private, non-profit corporation established to provide therapeutic services in foster home settings for dependent, neglected, and abused children, ages birth to seventeen years. The primary purpose of Kids at the Crossroads, Inc. is two-fold:
  • -To assist children with emotional issues (e.g. loss, abuse, and neglect).
  • -To provide children the opportunity to acquire and enhance the skills necessary to establish and maintain healthy relationships.

  • To achieve these goals, KATC uses:
  • -A multidisciplinary approach to treatment.
  • -A commitment to interagency networking. Therapeutic group homes to care for large sibling groups.
  • -Individual, group, and family therapy.
  • -Psychiatric and psychological testing, evaluation, and consultation.
  • -Monthly medication monitoring by a board certified psychiatrist.
  • -Liaison with educational services.
  • -Utilization of community resources.
  • -Emergency, short, and long term placements.

  • Kids at the Crossroads, Inc. accepts children with various conditions and diagnoses. this includes, but is not limited to:
  • -Emotional and behavioral disturbances.
  • -Mental retardation.
  • -Disorders such as ADHD, PTSD, depression, attachment, obsessive - compulsive, impulse control and developmental.

Often these children stay in diapers longer than the average child so our diaper assistance to KATC is very important.  You can support Austin Diaper Bank and Kids At The Crossroads by donating here.

Monday, September 23, 2013

Thanks Kaleidoscope Toys- 1,000 more diapers in the bank!

We had so much fun collecting nearly a thousand diapers this last Saturday in Round Rock at Kaleidoscope Toys! There were glitter tattoos, games and lots of playing with toys! So many people came in with diapers that their little ones didn't need anymore that now we can give those to other babies and toddlers who really need them.  We love Kaleidoscope Toys!

Thursday, September 19, 2013

New York Times Article Discusses Need for Early Childhood Development

In his article, "Lifelines for Poor Children," author James Heckman, a professor and Nobel Laureate in Economics, says that the U.S. should invest more in quality early childhood education programs:
"What’s missing in the current debate over economic inequality is enough serious discussion about investing in effective early childhood development from birth to age 5. This is not a big government boondoggle policy that would require a huge redistribution of wealth. Acting on it would, however, require us to rethink long-held notions of how we develop productive people and promote shared prosperity". Read more.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Staying at Home with Your Kid(s) But Want to Have an Outside Project? Volunteer with Austin Diaper Bank!

I started Austin Diaper Bank this summer while staying at home with my son Barrett. I've liked the part-time flexibility of the work but I realize that it will also look good on my resume if and when I go back to a full-time job in the outside world. :) I would love to have more stay-at-home moms join our organization. We have many things to do that can be done with your littles in tow (making a diaper delivery or pick-up) or things that get you out of the house for a break with other like-minded adults (diaper drives and other events). Austin Diaper Bank needs manpower- for ideas, getting donations and other things that can be done on your own time.  I would wager that the vast majority of diaper bank work I do if between the hours of 1 and 3 pm aka nap time. Please    if you'd like to see change in the world and be a part of it.
-Beverly

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Parties for a Purpose: Asking for Donations Instead of Gifts This Holiday Season

Many of us, our kids included, have plenty and want for not.  My toddler, unbeknownst to him, will be asking for diapers and donations instead of gifts for his birthday.  We are coming up on holiday season and it is a great time to harness the season of giving for organizations that are important to you and the community. Most people are happy to give if they know about a cause and how they can help.  These moments of education are critical in raising awareness for our cause. Diaper need is considered a 'silent crisis' because most people haven't heard of it.  Let's educate our friends and family by making the Austin Diaper Bank a benefactor of your celebrations:

1. Office Holiday Parties- Maybe entry "fee" is one pack of diapers. Challenge your department to raise more diapers/dollars than the other department.
2. Personal Holiday Giving Campaigns/ Diaper Drives - We would love to be adopted this year as your cause!
3. Birthday parties where donations/diapers are brought instead of presents.
4. Baby showers where Austin Diaper Bank gets diapers as well as the new bundle of joy.
5. "Treat" ADB with diapers from your Halloween party.
6. Giving a donation in honor of someone for a birthday or holiday.

We would love to hear from you and your plans for including Austin Diaper Bank in your charitable giving this year. Something like 70% of donations for the year are done between October and December.  Let us know how we can help!

Friday, September 13, 2013

Austin Diaper Bank is a 2013 Best of Austin Critics Pick for "Best Bank for your Buck"!

Online version found here.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

3,000 Diapers Out the Door This Week!

After many successful diaper drives in August, Austin Diaper Bank is happy to be able to distribute those diapers to several of our partner agencies: Helping Hand Home for Children, SafePlace Shelter and Settlement Home for Children.  Thanks to our lovely volunteers for taking these diapers to their new homes. Let's keep up the supply for diapers going into the fall. Diaper Need Awareness Week means we have even more places that accept diapers for the diaper bank.  Check them out here.

Tuesday, September 10, 2013

Sept. 9-13 is National Diaper Need Awareness Week!

Mayor Lee Leffingwell proclaimed Diaper Need Awareness Week in Austin as well! There are many diaper drives going on across the metro area for National Diaper Need Awareness Week.  Check out the events and donation locations in your neighborhood to help babies, toddlers and senior citizens in a diaper need situation by donating diapers or donating funds today!

Cedar Park

Cedar Park Library will have a donation bin from Tuesday the 10th through Saturday the 14th. Check out their story times here.

Austin: 

Brilliant Sky Toys and Books will be open regular business hours for the week.

buybuyBaby on Brodie Lane has diapers at the register for you to purchase and donate to Austin Diaper Bank on Friday the 13th and Saturday the 14th.

Little Gym of South Austin will be open regular business hours during the week.

Pumpkin Patch Children's Stores North and South will be open regular hours during the week.

Round Rock:

BabyEarth will be open regular business hours for the week. We will also hold a Kids' Baby Shower!
Bring your babies and dolls so you can put them down for a nap in the cribs, while you decorate a diaper or two for our friends at Austin Children's Shelter. We will also play baby animal bingo, guess how many jellybeans are in the bottle and other fun baby shower games. Bring your extra diapers!

Thursday the 12th- 3:30-4:15 pm for 18 months & younger // 4:30 pm to 5:15 pm for 18+ months
Friday the 13th- 9:30 to 10:15 am for 18 months & younger // 10:30 am to 11:15 am for 18+ months


Kaleidoscope Toys will be open regular business hours for the week.


Thursday, September 5, 2013

Partner Spotlight: Austin Children's Shelter







Austin Diaper Bank is proud to partner with Austin Children’s Shelter (ACS) and provide 
them with diapers for their infants and toddlers. ACS provides services to children, young 
people and their families who are dealing with issues of abuse and neglect; they provide both residential and non-residential support. The services offered include:

• emergency shelter

• teen parent program with parent education and support

• transitional living program for youth ages 17-22

• residential respite care

• a child placing agency, Foster in Austin

The shelter operates with the ethos that all children and young people deserve to feel safe and secure and to receive nurturing care, the programs and services are designed to help achieve this. The ACS guiding principles are:

• Safety

• Survivor centered

• Loving, nurturing and fun

• Excellence

• Integrity

• Respect and dignity

• Culturally competent

• Collaboration

By supporting the diaper bank you are helping to provide care for the many babies and 
children that are supported by Austin’s Children Shelter; you can learn more about the 
shelter’s great work here.

-Ellie Wheeler

Wednesday, September 4, 2013

Diaper Drive Success: 2,400 Diapers In Two Days

We are thrilled to report that Cedar Park and Austin stepped up to donate over 2,400 diapers this weekend at Music Forever Music Together's Give Back Events.  We know a few agencies that will be happy to see this result.  Thanks so much for thinking of Austin Diaper Bank and local babies and toddlers in need.


Monday, September 2, 2013

Beer and Cheese For Babies! Well, Beer and Cheese Event For You, Benefiting Austin's Babies!

Austin Diaper Bank is excited to announce their Fall Fundraiser: Beer and Cheese for Babies! Thursday October 17 from 6:30 pm to 8 pm, we will toast 4 different kinds of cheeses and pairings at Antonelli's Cheese House in a lovely 100-year old house in Hyde Park. All proceeds go to getting diapers for the babies and toddlers at our partner agencies: Austin Children's Shelter, Helping Hand Home for Children, Settlement Home for Children, Austin LifeCare, and SafePlace Shelter.  All you have to do is attend a beer and cheese tasting?! Get your tickets here before they are all gone!

Friday, August 30, 2013

BabyEarth in Round Rock is our 6th Diaper Drop Location!

Austin Diaper Bank now has two diaper drop locations in Round Rock to accept your diaper donations.  Our newest location, BabyEarth, is a welcoming, baby super store on Old Settlers Blvd.  They have tons of baby wearing items, furniture, Melissa and Doug toys and much much more. They even have a comfy lounge for you feed your baby or just put up your feet.  Check out their website here. Thanks BabyEarth!

Two family fun events this weekend featuring the Hey Lollies Brass Band and diapers!

Our friends at Music Forever Music Together are throwing two Give Back events this weekend and you are invited! Saturday at 11 am at Reunion Grille in Cedar Park and Sunday the 1st at 11 am at Central Market on N. Lamar. Both events are diaper drives and feature The Hey Lollies Brass Band. The first 100 kids get goody bags!  There is a raffle for 50% off their fall session and bringing diapers gives you an extra raffle entry. Austin Diaper Bank is so thrilled to be a part of these events! We will see you there!

Thursday, August 29, 2013

Austin's Mayor Proclaims Diaper Need Awareness Week Sept. 9-13


Tuesday, August 27, 2013

3 Things We Need to Stop Saying About Poverty

Joanne Goldblum, Executive Director of the National Diaper Bank Network, recently wrote a wonderful piece for Huffington Post titled "3 Things We Need to Stop Saying About Poverty."

"One in five American children are growing up in poverty. Problems, as a rule, do not get solved unless we talk about them. I would dearly love to see a national conversation about poverty, and I'd love it to be an intelligent and productive one. Unfortunately, there are a lot of worn-out conversation-enders that tend to come up in discussions about economic hardship. I could live a long and happy life without ever hearing these three again. 
1. "People shouldn't have babies if they can't afford them."
I dislike this one for so many reasons." Click for more here.

Monday, August 26, 2013

Diaper Drive Success: Whole Foods Arbor Trails

Thank you to the Austin Diaper Bank volunteers and everyone else who came out Saturday to Whole Foods Arbor Trails to stuff the bus with diapers. Total diapers donated: Over 1200! We did a lot of face painting, played some games and gave out some prizes. We had a blast meeting new friends and raising awareness of diaper need. Thanks again to Whole Foods for inviting us and to Children's Courtyard for letting us borrow the bus.