Beyond the Basics

Join us this May!


Meeting the basic needs of children is more than just the diaper or car seat that we distribute. These items represent dignity, freedom, and joy for the child, and their entire family. For 20 years, you have come alongside WestSide Baby to work collectively in support of the belief that every child deserves to have their most basic needs met.

Diapers are a universal need, and yet they are out of reach for so many families. We see the ripple effect that basic needs insecurity has on parents, caregivers, children and our whole community. We believe that when families have what they need to thrive, they can go Beyond the Basics.

In order to achieve our bold vision where each child is a happy, healthy, and resilient member of our community, we must go Beyond the Basics.

For questions, please contact Jayanthi Ragubathi: [email protected]

Host an In-Person Event for Beyond the Basics


While WestSide Baby isn’t hosting a large party this year, we encourage you to connect in-person with your community! Help make Beyond the Basics a success by hosting a watch party, collecting diapers, or creating a personal fundraiser. Share your passion for WestSide Baby’s mission and inspire your network to support the event.

Featured Keynote Speaker | Angela Garbes


Beyond the Basics will feature a beloved local writer and friend of WestSide Baby, Angela Garbes. She hosted a diaper drive as a part of her first book release party back in 2018 and we’re thrilled to share our conversation about mothering and her brand new book on its release day – May 10! 

Pre-order her book today 

Angela Garbes is the author of Like a Mother: A Feminist Journey Through the Science and Culture of Pregnancy and Essential Labor: Mothering as Social Change, as well as a community advocate for working families and reproductive justice. Like a Mother was an NPR Best Book of the Year and finalist for the Washington State Book Award in nonfiction. Her writing has appeared in The New York Times, The Cut, New York, and featured on NPR’s Fresh Air. She lives with her family on Beacon Hill. 

Angela Garbes © Elizabeth Rudge