Jean Ann Lynch

Jean Ann Lynch, founder of BABY BASICS OF COLLIER COUNTY, INC. a program that provides free diapers to children of the working poor, has been a dedicated volunteer and leader for over 40 years. Jean Ann holds bachelor and graduate degrees in Education from the University of Colorado and attended the University of Colorado Volunteer Management School.  She was an elementary school teacher. Because of Jean Ann’s background in Education she has always had an interest in child development and she supports organizations that help to maximize children’s potential. She founded BABY BASICS in Bergen County, NJ in 1992 because she recognized the need that children have for clean diapers. Her desire to serve at-risk children from struggling, low- income families has resulted in a program that has been adapted in cities across the nation. She assisted in establishing BABY BASICS National Development Corporation, which then assisted leaders in New York City, California, Michigan, Arizona, Wisconsin, Maryland, North Carolina, Washington, Ohio and two more in Florida to establish affiliate programs in their states.  She developed the start up kit to be used by communities wanted to start a Baby Basics program and has sent out over 40 start up kits. In Naples, she has been honored as a Woman of Initiative by the Community Foundation and a Woman of Achievement by the American Association of University Women.  The Baby Basics program received the Human Needs Award from the Jewish Federation of Collier County and the Diamond Volunteer Award.  In 2015, Jean Ann was chosen as one of the 50 outstanding leaders in Naples by the Naples Daily News in their inaugural 25 over 50 program. Baby Basics has been recognized by Forbes.com and was featured by Kelly Phillips Erb in her articles about the 12 Days of Charitable Giving.