Much like the continued growth of the diaper bank community itself, this year’s Diaper Need Awareness Week (held September 8 – 14, 2014) saw significant increases in grassroots participation throughout the country!
The mayors, city councils and county commissioners of 85 municipalities issued proclamations in recognition of the week, an increase of 136 percent over 2013! Proclamations and/or commendations by state governors and legislatures also increased by 27 percent to a total of 20. These efforts were led by local diaper banks and supporters throughout the country.
These same advocates also took to social media in huge numbers and used #DiaperNeed in Twitter posts that registered a 1,010 percent increase over last year! The #DiaperNeed effort received significant support from National Diaper Bank Network founding sponsor Huggies®.
The issue of “diaper need” is the lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep a baby clean, dry and healthy. In fact, one in three American families reports struggling with diaper need, a hidden consequence of poverty.
Below is a list of state governors, legislatures, mayors, city councils and county supervisors that issued formal proclamations recognizing Diaper Need Awareness Week in 2014.
Arizona: Governor Jan Brewer. Municipalities of Casa Grande, Cochise County Greenlee County, Pima County, Pinal County, Santa Cruz County, and Tucson.
California: State Assembly; Municipality of Lincoln.
Colorado: Governor John Hickenlooper.
Connecticut: Governor Dannel Malloy; Municipalities of Bridgeport, Hartford, Middletown, New Haven, Putnam, and Seymour.
Florida: Governor Rick Scott; Municipalities of Dunedin, Largo, Orange County, Orlando, Tarpon Springs, Winter Garden, and Winter Park.
Illinois: Governor Pat Quinn; Municipalities of Chicago, Des Plaines, Evanston, and McHenry.
Iowa: Governor Terry Branstad.
Kansas: Governor Sam Brownback; Municipalities of Fairway, Johnson County, Kansas City, Leawood, Lenexa, Mission, Olathe, Overland Park, Prairie Village, Roeland Park, Shawnee, Springhill, Topeka, Westwood Hills, and Wyandotte County.
Kentucky: Municipality of Louisville.
Massachusetts: Governor Deval Patrick; Municipality of Turner Falls
Michigan: Governor Rick Snyder; Municipality of Lansing.
Missouri: Governor of Jay Nixon; Municipalities of Columbia, Excelsior Springs, Harrisonville, Kansas City, North Kansas City, Oak Grove, Platte City, Pleasant Valley, Richmond, Riverside, and Springfield.
New Jersey: Hunterdon County.
New Mexico: Governor of Susana Martinez; Municipality of Albuquerque.
New York: New York City Council.
North Carolina: Governor Pat McCrory; Municipalities of Chapel Hill and Hillsborough.
Ohio: Governor John Kasich.
Oklahoma: Governor Mary Fallin.
Pennsylvania: House of Representatives; Municipalities of Harrisburg, Philadelphia, and Pittsburgh.
Tennessee: Governor Bill Haslam; Municipalities of Nashville and Davidson County.
Texas: Austin, Fort Worth, Galveston, Plano, Round Rock, and San Antonio.
Virginia: Governor Terry McAuliffe; Municipality of Portsmouth.
Washington: Governor Jay Inslee; Municipalities of Auburn, Bellevue, Bothell, Carnation, Issaquah, Kent, King County, Kirkland, Redmond, Sammamish, SeaTac, Seattle, Snoqualmie, and Spokane Valley.
Wisconsin: Governor Scott Walker.