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Wednesday, April 23, 2014

Local Churches Help Fulfill Austin Diaper Bank's Mission

Austin Diaper Bank has really benefited from the assistance ministry missions of our local churches. Some have held diaper drives, included us in their day of service, collected recycling for us and even allowed their day schools to participate. We are so appreciative and hope that other churches will continue the good work for Austin's babies, toddlers and elderly. Here are the great houses of worship who have helped so far:

  • St. Mark's Episcopal Church
  • Crestview United Methodist Church
  • Covenant Presbyterian Church
  • Westminster Presbyterian Church
  • Oak Hill United Methodist Church

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Poverty Rates Surge in America's Suburbs

A recent PBS Hewshour segment on poverty on our suburbs demonstrates a key point that we see at the diaper bank all the time: Poverty doesn't always "look" like poverty from the outside.  You can read the entire transcript here. The main takeaways from our perspective were:

  • More poor people now live in America’s suburbs than in cities or in rural areas.
  • In the suburbs of Austin, Texas, the number of poor has swelled almost 143 percent. 
  • Nationally, real wages, adjusted for inflation, have been flat for several decades…even as costs continue to rise.
  •  A lot of the jobs we’re creating don’t pay enough to make ends meet for a family. 
  • Many working poor don’t qualify for government help because they earn too much to be considered officially “poor” – around $23,500 for a family of four.
  • Lack of public transportation and spousal support for children can compound these issues.
Diaper banks attempt to assist in their particular way. Providing diapers allows children to go to daycare so parents can work. An adequate supply of diapers mean healthier and more contented babies and families.

Friday, April 11, 2014

Study finds that stress from poverty alters children's DNA

Nature, the international weekly journal of science, published an article last week that reports poverty and unstable family environments can shorten chromosomes. Chronic stress can affect children down to the molecular level. You can read the article here. Our takeaway is we need to do more to help with basic needs to combat poverty, diaper need, and hunger. Diaper banks can provide a huge boost to needy families by providing diapers. Household stress levels come way down when baby is healthy and comfortable with all the diapers she needs.

Wednesday, April 9, 2014

Looking for A Few Good...Board Members.

Austin Diaper Bank is growing and we need a board of directors that can help take the organization to the next level. Over the next few months, we will search far and wide (in Central Texas, of course) for a diverse group of folks to serve on the board. We will represent at Greenlights' Board Summit on June 12. The Board Summit is a marketplace-fair for those who are interested in getting involved with a non-profit board. 50 non-profits will be there to recruit.

What are we looking for in a board member, you ask? Austin Diaper Bank needs enthusiastic, connected people in the community with previous board experience. We are seeking people with some of the following skills: financial/accounting, marketing/PR, and fundraising. A willingness to spread the word about the organization and look for opportunities to elevate the diaper bank are key.  More information is listed on the Greenlight site here.

Have someone to nominate, perhaps including yourself? We'd love to hear from you: