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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.

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

Monday, December 1, 2014

Austin Diaper Bank Awarded $2,000 Funds for Change Grant from the National Diaper Bank Network

Straight from the press release of the National Diaper Bank Network:
NEW HAVEN, Conn.Nov. 19, 2014 -- The National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) has selected 61 community-based diaper banks as grant recipients of the nonprofit organization's inaugural $100,000 Funds for Change initiative.
"The Funds for Change grants are designed to enhance the sustainability or capacity of individual diaper banks to address diaper need in their respective communities," said Alison Weir, director of programs. "In three short years, NDBN has gone from a start up nonprofit, to the leading champion of the diaper bank movement, and now financial supporter of local programs that impact lives by providing clean diapers to struggling families." 
In total, NDBN awarded more than $100,000 in grant funding to member diaper banks operating in 30 states. However, the net impact of the Funds for Change exceeds $200,000, as each NDBN grant is matched dollar-for-dollar by the diaper bank's local supporters. The grants range in size from $800 to $2,000, and recipients include both newly formed and established diaper banks, located in all sizes of communities throughout the country, from the frontier to major cities.
Funding for the initiative was made possible by a combination of support from individual and corporate donors as well as major gifts. Continued financial support will enable NDBN to expand the number of grantees in 2015.
Since its founding in 2011, the National Diaper Bank Network has spearheaded the growth of the diaper bank movement. Today, the network includes more than 230 member organizations in 42 states and the District of Columbia, and provides diapers to nearly 315,000 infants and toddlers each and every month.
"Diaper banks make a huge difference in the lives of infants and toddlers by providing small things…clean diapers," said Weir. "The continued success of local diaper banks requires strong community support and donations of dollars, diapers and time. A fundamental goal of NDBN is to spur the growth of the diaper bank community."
However, Weir points out that more diaper banks are needed in more communities, and cites U.S. Census Bureau statistics that show that 5.6 million children under the age of three live in poor and low-wage families.
Plus, the Feeding America study "In Short Supply" found that 32 percent of low-income families surveyed reported reusing disposable diapers, while 48 percent reported delaying changing a diaper to make their supply last longer.
"We know that diaper need is a hidden consequence of poverty," added Weir. "NDBN receives calls every day from families struggling to make ends meet. The diaper bank community must continue its mission, as all babies deserve clean diapers."
The following provides a complete list of Funds for Change grant recipients listed by state and city.

Diaper Bank of Central Arizona

Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona
St. Margaret's Center/Catholic Charities of Los Angeles

Lighthouse Counseling and Family Resource Center

Penn Valley
Nevada County Diaper Project

Sacramento Food Bank & Family Services
The Bottom Line (Catholic Charities)
New Haven
New Haven Diaper Bank, Inc.
DC Diaper Bank
Rehoboth Beach
Community Resource Center
Boca Raton
Junior League of Boca Raton Diaper Bank

Baby Basics of Collier County, Inc.

St. Petersburg
The Pathway Home Foundation, Inc.
The Idaho Diaper Bank
The Diaper Bank of Northern Illinois
The Abba Clinic at Hope Central

Matrix Pregnancy Resource Center

Diaper Depot -Junior League of Topeka
ACCESS Pregnancy & Referral Centers

New Orleans
Junior League of New Orleans Diaper Bank
Giving Diapers Giving Hope
Metropolitan Detroit Diaper Bank

Grand Rapids
Great Start Parent Coalition of Kent County Michigan

Nestlings Diaper Bank

Diaper Depot at Ascension

Mid-Michigan Diaper Bank

The Diaper Alliance

Catholic Charities West Michigan- God's Infant and Toddler Pantry
CoMo Cares

Gap Assistance Program of Ray County

Diaper Bank of the Ozarks
North Carolina
Diaper Bank of NC

The Diaper Train at Saint Saviour's Center
New Jersey
New Brunswick
Anshe Emeth Community Development Corporation
Las Vegas
Chapel of Improvement Fellowship
New York
The Resource Center for Community Development, Inc.

Junior League of Central Westchester
Baby Basics of Cincinnati

Columbus Diaper Coalition
PDX Diaper Bank
Healthy Steps Diaper Bank

Mitzvah Circle Foundation

Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank

The Greater Philadelphia Diaper Bank

West Conshohocken
Cradles to Crayons, PA
Rhode Island
Project Undercover
Shiloh Distribution Center

Nashville Diaper Connection
Austin Diaper Bank

Galveston Sustainable Communities Alliance
(GSCA Diaper Bank)

San Antonio
Texas Diaper Bank
Great Falls
Northern Virginia Diaper Bank - Serve a Village
Baby Basics Bellevue

Eastside Baby Corner

Tri-Cities Diaper Bank

WestSide Baby

Spokane Valley
Inland NW Baby
Fox Cities Diaper Bank c/o United Way Fox Cities
Rock Springs
United Way of Southwest Wyoming Community Diaper Bank

About the National Diaper Bank Network: The National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) is a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that every child in the U.S. has enough diapers to be clean, dry & healthy. Founded in 2011, the network raises awareness of diaper need (#DiaperNeed) and supports the development and expansion of diaper banks in communities throughout the country. Its active membership includes more than 230 diaper banks, diaper closets and food banks located in 42 states and the District of Columbia. Huggies® supports NDNB as the founding sponsor, and works to combat diaper need through the Every Little Bottom campaign by donating more than 20 million diapers per year to families in need. More information on NDBN and diaper need is available atwww.nationaldiaperbanknetwork.org, and on Facebook (facebook.com/NationalDiaperBankNetwork) and Twitter (@DiaperNetwork).
CONTACT: Troy Moore, 203-821-7348 
SOURCE National Diaper Bank Network