diaper need awareness weekSeptember 25 to October 1, 2017

Hurricane Relief Update

Posted on: September 29, 2017 by admin

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In response to the devastation caused by the recent hurricanes, the National Diaper Bank Network has been coordinating targeted relief efforts to get supplies to families and babies in need. In addition to the ongoing recovery efforts in Houston and Florida, NDBN is actively working on getting supplies to Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Caribbean

NDBN has been asked to help fill two cargo planes destined for Puerto Rico.  In addition, we are being given space on shipping containers that will be put on boats out of Florida and directed to families in Puerto Rico, Tortola, Dominica, St. Lucia, St. Martin, and St. Thomas.

While there are no active NDBN member diaper banks in these locations, we are partnering with several organizations including the National Association of Christian Churches (NACC) and Operation Compassion to get supplies to areas that were devastated by hurricanes Irma and Maria.

A new fundraising campaign launched in partnership with Baby+Co is aimed at helping families impacted by hurricanes. Baby+Co is providing a dollar for dollar match, up to $25K, to the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN). You can donate here.

Florida

NDBN prepared and staged relief help before Hurricane Irma made landfall in Florida.

We worked with our local member diaper banks to distribute supplies to families hit hardest by the storm.  We deployed diapers across the state to NDBN member diaper banks, including Baby Basics of Collier County (Naples), BabyCycle (St. Petersburg), Junior League of Boca Raton, and Treasure Coast Food Bank (Fort Pierce).

The diaper banks distributed supplies to those families, hit especially hard by the storm, living in migrant communities, trailer parks, and the Florida Keys.

Texas

Hurricane Harvey wreaked havoc on shipping routes and disrupted families’ access to diapers even in communities spared by flood waters. NDBN coordinated with our member diaper banks across a broad area to ensure we could meet the needs of displaced families.

Through our Network, we shipped truckloads of diapers to member diaper banks across Texas, including Austin Diaper Bank, Baby Booties Diaper Bank (McKinney), Fort Bend Diaper Bank (Richmond), Galveston Diaper Bank, Hope Supply Co. (Dallas), Houston Diaper Bank, NACC (Pasadena), and Texas Diaper Bank (San Antonio).

NDBN also coordinated efforts with FEMA, state and local officials. Plus we helped mobilize NDBN member diaper banks to provide supplies to families in shelters and those displaced by the storm.

While our current focus is on the Caribbean, NDBN will continue to support relief efforts in Texas and Florida.

We are truly thankful for the support you have given and will continue to give to help these families as they work to rebuild.  Together, we are bringing hope to families struggling in the wake of these disasters. Thank you!

NDBN Supports Families Impacted by Hurricane Season

Posted on: September 29, 2017 by admin

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Effort to raise up to $50,000 underway

baby+co., a network of women’s health + family wellness centers, has partnered with National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN), a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to eliminating diaper need in America. This Diaper Need Awareness Week (Sept. 25-Oct. 1), baby+co. kicks off a national crowdsourcing effort with the goal to raise $25,000, which the company will match up to $50,000. All donations will support diaper relief efforts for hurricane victims in TexasFlorida and surrounding areas.

“One of our very own was deeply impacted by Hurricane Harvey so we immediately responded by organizing a collection at our centers and fundraising to help her home state,” said Kate Condliffe, chief operations officer for baby+co. “When Irma struck, we realized the devastation caused throughout the entire state of Florida also warranted support. Partnering with the National Diaper Bank Network enables us to support more mothers, babies and families in the affected areas, including Texas where our efforts began.”

Joining with NDBN allows baby+co. to stretch dollars raised through the nonprofit’s access to diaper purchase programs, allowing the organizations to get more diapers to families needing the support. In addition, the NDBN will help strategically direct relief efforts to the areas of greatest need and diaper banks that can logistically accept the donation.

“Every day, families are struggling to provide their babies with basic needs, such as diapers. When disaster strikes, this becomes all the more difficult,” said Joanne Goldblum, founder and CEO of the National Diaper Bank Network. “We are excited to partner with a company like baby+co., who is passionate about ensuring the safety and health of babies. Through these additional funds, we will be able to help even more families in affected areas to help ensure the well-being of children and parents.”

The campaign begins during Diaper Need Awareness Week to help underscore the ongoing need for diapers. Many people are unaware that government assistance programs do not provide funding for diapers, a basic necessity for babies. Currently there are 5.2 million infants and toddlers living in low-income families, many of which face a daily struggle to secure a necessary supply of diapers.

For more information or how to donate, please visit https://donate.nationaldiaperbanknetwork.org/campaign/join-baby-co-to-help-families-in-need/c146725. In addition to monetary donations, members of the local community may contribute any new, unused diapers, wipes or formula to their local baby+co. center in CaryCharlotte and Winston-Salem in North CarolinaKnoxville and Nashville in Tennessee and Wheat Ridge in Colorado. For more information, please visit www.babyandcompany.com.

About baby+co.
baby+co. is a growing network of women’s health + family wellness centers focused on natural birth + all things pregnancy, including pre-conception planning, pre-natal care, in-center birth and post-natal care. baby+co. believes in making healthcare personal again, by educating + empowering its clients to choose the parenting journey that is right for them, embracing those decisions with dedication and support of the team of midwives, educators, health coaches and more. baby+co. offers a full range of supportive programs for moms + dads, including: support groups, onsite wellness seminars, exercise and social activities. The baby+co. team is devoted to celebrating the journey and nothing makes them smile more than happy + healthy mommies, babies + families. For more information, please visit: www.babyandcompany.com.

Op-Ed by NDBN CEO Featured in NY Daily News

Posted on: September 21, 2017 by admin

Preparing for the onslaught

“Why hurricanes wallop the poor,” is the title of an op-ed out today (Sept. 21, 2017) in the New York Daily News.  Penned by NDBN CEO Joanne Goldblum.  

Joanne writes, “The poor or near-poor are the first knocked down by storms and the last to get back up…Because of manmade problems, low-income people have no shelter from the storm, or from other natural disasters — not financially and sometimes not even literally…[and] helping families climb out of poverty right now is the best way to limit its damages.”

The full op-ed is reprinted below.

One of the few upsides of major surgery is that doctors sometimes tell people to eat hearty in the weeks leading up to it. Your body will be undergoing a trauma followed by a period of recovery and needs the resources to rise to those extraordinary challenges.

Natural disasters — Hurricanes like Harvey, Irma and Maria, or earthquakes like the ones that just hit Mexico — are also marked by trauma and recovery. Far too many Americans, not to mention people around the world, are not fortified to withstand them.

The National Diaper Bank Network I run sent approximately 1 million diapers to communities affected by Harvey and Irma, which struck the U.S. within days of each other. Our relief efforts are connected to the work that we do every day to ensure that the basic needs of babies living in poverty are met.

The poor or near-poor are the first knocked down by storms and the last to get back up. Natural disasters push 26 million people around the world into poverty annually, according to the World Bank. The organization published a report with the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery that states:

“The impact on poverty is large because poor people are exposed to hazards more often, lose more as a share of their wealth when hit, and receive less support from family and friends, financial systems, and governments.

“In fact, disasters can push people into poverty, and so disaster risk management can be considered a poverty reduction policy. And since poverty reduction policies make people less vulnerable, they can be considered part of the disaster risk toolbox.”

In concrete terms: If you are middle class or above, you’re probably able to buy your family plane tickets on short notice. You’ve got a reliable car. You’ve got a homeowners policy that — though it will be a long, painful process — will replace your house and belongings.

You’ve got a sister with room to put you up, a friend who can lend you a car while you get your bearings in a new city, and so on.

But suppose you are one of the 34% of Americans who have no savings account and that you’re also part of the 38% who do not have a credit card . Chances are, your friends and family are living lean too. The money you have to prepare for a storm is what you have in your wallet. And that will also be the money you’ll have after the storm to get by should your place of work be closed for days, weeks or more.

At this writing, the national average gas price is $2.66 a gallon. We’ll assume there is no price-gouging and go with that number. That makes a fill-up about $43, which will get the average vehicle 397 miles. If you were driving out of Key West ahead of Irma, that would have taken you to the mainland and not much farther.

And regardless of transportation, leaving may be impossible for a low-income person. People who can leave the path of severe weather tend to do it well ahead of the storm to avoid grounded planes and clogged roads.

Imagine you are an hourly wage employee. Would you choose to lose days of wages for something that might not happen?

Or suppose you decide to ride the storm out at home. A case of bottled water, a 12-pack of D-batteries, a jar of peanut butter, a loaf of bread and a bag of apples (cold food only — you don’t have a generator) will set you back about $37 and last a family of three a couple of days.

That’s probably not a crisis at the beginning of the month, when low-income households tend to do their big food shopping after receiving food stamps. But we know that the cupboard is often bare by the end of the month.

Only 41% of American renters carry renters insurance, according to the Insurance Information Institute. Many renters simply cannot afford the protection. Renters spend, on average, nearly half of their income on rent and utilities. Add in food, transportation and health care, and it is no wonder that they are skipping insurance.

Because of manmade problems, low-income people have no shelter from the storm, or from other natural disasters — not financially and sometimes not even literally. No one can say when and where the next big one will hit. But I can guarantee you that helping families climb out of poverty right now is the best way to limit its damages.

 

 

What Is Diaper Need

The lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep an infant or toddler clean, dry and healthy.

Diaper Need Awareness Week is an initiative of the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) created to mobilize efforts to help make a difference in the lives of the nearly 5.2 million babies in the U.S. aged three or younger who live in poor or low-income families.

Acting together — individuals, diaper banks, faith-based institutions, service providers, businesses, organizations and elected officials — we can get diapers to all babies in need.

PROCLAMATIONS MATTER

  • Inform your elected officials
  • Increase awareness within your state & community
  • Promote opportunities for you to talk and help raise diapers & dollars
  • Champion change led by you, diaper bankers, and our supporters

Click here for a list of 2017 Proclamations

VOICES OF NEED

"I recently had a baby girl. She is 3 months old. I also have two other daughters 5 and 9. I raise them all on my own and have recently been diagnosed with a seizure disorder... I can only work part time light duty. Needless to say things have gotten extremely hard in the past 3 months. I really need some extra help in any way possible especially with diapers, wipes and clothes until I can get back on my feet. "

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