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Austin Diaper Bank is proud to provide diapers to Bluebonnet ECI.

Monday, January 27, 2014

Partner Spotlight: Partnerships for Children


Partnerships for Children is an amazing organization that "provides critical resources to abused and neglected children in our community who are in the care of Child Protective Services." Partnerships for Children "works to bridge the gap between limited government resources and the critical needs of Austin area children. The Partnership operates programs designed to help caseworkers provide resources and support to the families and children they serve." They do this by supplying basic necessities, like toothbrushes, clothes and even diapers to their 17 Rainbow Rooms in Central Texas. 

As the Partnerships for Children website states, "The Rainbow Room looks like any other children's shop. Its shelves are stocked with brand-new toys and clothing. You also see infant care supplies, stacks of tiny t-shirts and displays of outfits any child would be proud to wear to school. The only thing missing is a cash register.

Money doesn't change hands here. "Shoppers" fill out forms and help themselves. These customers are Child Protective Services caseworkers, and they're shopping for children of our community whose lives are in crisis.

Sometimes, the difference between a child who goes to school and one who doesn't is a pair of shoes, a winter coat, a notebook and pencil. Sometimes, the difference between an infant who is healthy and one who isn't is formula, clean diapers, lotions and powders -- Partnerships for Children ensures that these children will not have to go another day without things that we all take for granted."

Austin Diaper Bank is so pleased to help out with their diapering supplies. These children deserve to be clean and healthy and Partnerships for Children makes it happen.


All quotes from the Partnerships for Children website.

Tuesday, January 21, 2014

$1,000 a Month Helps Us Take the Next Step: Our Own Space!

Austin Diaper Bank is currently run out of the home of the executive director. We are happy to report that we have outgrown the spare room. But that means we need a space of our own to store, sort and package even more diapers for those in need. With insurance and rent, that means we need to raise $1000 a month to afford a somewhat central location.  A dedicated space allows more volunteers to come help us process diapers. Also a diaper bank location provides opportunities for parents with small children to volunteer, as we plan to have a little play area.

If we can find 24 people or businesses to donate $500 each, we can meet this goal to get a lease for a year. If you donate at this level, you will become part of Austin Diaper Bank's Founder's Circle. The Founder's Circle is a special group of people who will always be associated with getting Austin Diaper Bank off the ground.  Austin needs an established diaper bank. We can make it happen but we need the community's help. If you are unable to give, maybe you know someone who can. Pass the word along! And donate today!

Monday, January 20, 2014

Partner Spotlight: Austin Groups for the Elderly (AGE)


AGE tackles the challenges of aging with expert solutions. AGE has five interrelated programs: Adult Day Health Care, Caregiver Education and Resources, Health Equipment Lending, Early Memory Loss Support, and Peer-based Computer Classes for Seniors.  Austin Diaper Bank provides adult incontinence supplies to the Health Equipment Lending location, so those in need can obtain supplies they need. AGE helps over 3,000 older adults a year and we are so glad to be able to assist in that mission.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014

Austin Diaper Bank's New Best Friends: Preschools


Preschools and daycare centers can help Austin Diaper Bank tremendously! All it takes is the willingness to host a donation box for parents to be able to put diapers in that their kiddos no longer need. We get a lot of diapers this way. Our wonderful volunteers re-package them and get them to babies and toddlers who can really use them. We also take empty baby food pouches and dairy cups for recycling. What an easy way to give back to the community! Austin Diaper Bank would love to thank the preschools who are getting in on this good karma wave:

  • Bright Horizons at Davis and Escaprment
  • All His Children Preschool
  • Westminster Presbyterian Day School
  • Circle C Development Center
Do you think your school would be interested? Would you like to help bring diapers from your school to ADB?  We'd love to hear from you!

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

Resolution Help More: How YOU Can Assist ADB in 2014

We would love to help you meet your resolution to give back to your community and make a difference in 2014. There are a variety of things you can do that are an easy way to support Austin Diaper Bank. Here are some options:

  • Hold a Diaper Drive- People will be impressed that you want to hold a diaper drive at your workplace, place of worship, kid's daycare, book club, alumni group etc. More info here.
  • Buy some diapers and take them to one of our donation drop spots.
  • Financially support ADB with a recurring gift. $12 a month can diaper a baby for over a week. A reliable supply of diapers is our goal. Your company might even match gifts to 501c3 groups like us.
  • Bring us your trash! We recycle baby food pouches, diaper/wipe plastic bags and rinsed yogurt cups. We get 1 cent for each one and they add up to even more diapers while helping to keep junk out the landfills.
  • Volunteer with ADB- You might deliver diapers to partner agencies, talk with others about how to support us, sort/package diapers for distribution, do some social media, admin work etc etc.  Check more info here.
  • Support us on social media. Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter. Share our posts. We are a newer organization and need to spread the word about diaper need in our community. So many people have no idea about this 'silent crisis.'
  • What else? There are tons of other things to do that you and I haven't even thought of yet. We are a small, entrepreneurial organization and we'd love to hear your ideas.

Saturday, January 4, 2014

New Year's Resolutions to Do Right By Children


National Diaper Bank Network Executive Director Joanne Goldblum wrote this recent blog post about 7 things we can do for the children in our country in the coming year:

While I'm all for dropping 20, kicking the habit and being more punctual, the most important resolutions we can make on New Year's focus on our children, not ourselves. My jiggly thighs aren't a national catastrophe, but the way we treat the next generation is.
It's been widely reported that U.S. teens were found to have middling scores in math, reading and science compared with international peers and lagged particularly far behind Asian students. What got less attention was the equally startling statistic that nearly half of American public school students are living in poverty. Any adult who can't see a connection deserves a big, fat "F."
There are hundreds of changes we could make to improve the lot of America's neediest children. I'm suggesting seven. I'd be thrilled if a critical mass of people adopted only one — provided they stuck with it.
1. We will stop giving lip service to "children being our future" and start acting on that truth.It's an odd person who wouldn't say that kids are the future and deserve our support and protection. Yet children are the poorest Americans. Federal expenditures on children fell 7 percent between 2011 and 2012. While 10 percent of the federal budget is spent on children, 20 percent goes to defense and 41 percent to the non-child portions of Social Security, Medicare and Medicaid.
You can read the rest of this blog article here.

Thursday, January 2, 2014

Partner Spotlight: Foundation for the Homeless

Austin Diaper Bank provides diapers to Foundation for the Homeless, specifically for their Family Promise-Interfaith Hospitality Network Program.  As the program's website explains:

FFH’s IHN is a shelter program based on a national model that provides transitional shelter for children and their families experiencing homelessness. Host churches, synagogues and support congregations work in collaboration to provide year round shelter, meals, and a loving presence while FFH staff provide transportation, case management, referrals and other supportive services to families as they work toward achieving goals of permanent housing and self-sufficiency. In 2012, 93% of the families in our IHN program exited into safe, stable housing. 45% of these families improved their income while in the IHN program.

We are so pleased to support this great program with diapers for both children and older patrons. To learn more, click here.