WestSide Baby in the News

WestSide Baby in the News

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WestSide Baby in the News Expanded child tax credit to reach 1.4 million Washington children, Rep. DelBene says The Seattle Times | June 21, 2021Read full story In a news briefing with DelBene last week, a member of the White House Council of Economic Advisers said there is concern about making sure the public is aware of the tax benefit. About 80% of families are expected to get their tax credits through direct deposit, according to White House economic adviser Heather Boushey, meaning others will have to keep an eye on the mail for payment. The expanded tax credit will be fully refundable. Families can receive the full amount they’re eligible for as a check, if their income isn’t high enough to receive a large enough tax offset. According to…
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One Year Later: Frequently Asked Questions about WestSide Baby’s Operations and COVID-19 Response

One Year Later: Frequently Asked Questions about WestSide Baby’s Operations and COVID-19 Response

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FAQ June 1, 2021 King County & WestSide Baby in Phase III WestSide Baby exists to provide basic essentials for children in need. Our operations during the COVID-19 pandemic have, and will continue to, center our community – families furthest from access to essential items. We continue to work through our network of 100+ partner organizations to find out what families need and focus our efforts to source and supply those items.   During this pandemic, we will also center the health & safety of our staff, volunteers, and donors by keeping volunteer and item collection within the guidance provided by Public Health Seattle & King County and the Washington State Department of Health.  As of June 2021, WestSide Baby is in Phase 3 of our COVID Modified Operations: Updated June 2021 What should I know about coming to…
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A Historic Moment to End Diaper Need

A Historic Moment to End Diaper Need

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We are celebrating a historic moment in Washington for families! A major in investment has been made to systemically address diaper need across our state for the first time. We applaud the Washington Legislature for a budget that honors diapers as a very necessary and basic human right! Although lawmakers did not include the $80 monthly "diaper stipend", $5 million in grants will go to Washington's diaper banks over the next two years to provide approximately 29 million diapers to families who are unable to access an adequate supply otherwise. As we celebrate, we acknowledge that this investment must only be a starting place. In King County alone, more than 1 in 5 families - 1 in 3 for many BIPOC communities - struggled to afford enough diapers before the pandemic,…
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Join me for a special conversation with storyteller Mia Birdsong!

Join me for a special conversation with storyteller Mia Birdsong!

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I am so excited to announce that Mia Birdsong will be joining me in conversation at Beyond the Basics, our upcoming virtual gathering! From Sarah Cody Roth, WestSide Baby's Executive Director I know you received our invitation to Beyond the Basics – a WestSide Baby Virtual Gathering, and I wanted to follow up to announce our program will include a conversation with Mia Birdsong, a pathfinder, community curator, and storyteller who steadily engages the leadership and wisdom of people experiencing injustice to chart new visions of American life. At the event, we will talk about her book, her podcast, and shifting the narrative on how we address poverty, specifically in relation to the importance of WestSide Baby’s vision to ensure every child has their basic needs met.  Read more about Mia below, and please join me at Beyond the…
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Announcing 2021 Corporate & Business Sponsorship Opportunities

Announcing 2021 Corporate & Business Sponsorship Opportunities

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New ways your business can support children and families with WestSide Baby this year! By Carina Schubert, WestSide Baby’s Director of Development Have your ever wondered how your company can invest in the community in a tangible way during a time when the need is growing rapidly around us?  A partnership with WestSide Baby as a corporate sponsor can ensure that children in your neighborhood have the most basic items they need to be happy and healthy. I am excited to announce our new sponsorship package, centering the needs of our community first, and providing necessary funds for WestSide Baby, and creating unique opportunities for your business to get involved. We need you. If you've been in our warehouse before COVID times, either volunteering with your co-workers or on a…
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New Mural: “WestSide Baby’s Community”

New Mural: “WestSide Baby’s Community”

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WestSide Baby's Community Mural Over the weekend, our north-facing wall was given a beautiful update with a mural, titled “WestSide Baby’s Community” by artist Angelina Villalobos (@onesevennine) We are so excited to share our new mural with you! "WestSide Baby's Community" is the end result of many conversations for many years, but was pushed forward by our desire to communicate our organizational values of Humanity, Resilience, and Intentionality OUTSIDE our warehouse walls in response to the murder of George Floyd in late May and the continued fight for justice in our community and beyond. A team of WestSide Baby staff worked with the artist to design a mural that honored that sentiment with words such as justice, humanity, and equity. A note from the Artist, Angelina Villalobos: I centered a…
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We Stuffed the Bus!

We Stuffed the Bus!

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We did it! We collected over 400,000 diapers this summer! Thank you for being a part of our 20th year of Stuff the Bus. Our community came together to collect 405,597 diapers! We could not have done this without those who hosted diaper drives, collected basics for babies, donated hygiene items and used our Amazon Wishlist to get those most needed items to WestSide Baby. YOU helped us beat our 350,000 Stuff the Bus diaper goal! Stuff the Bus Impact In 2019, WestSide Baby distributed 1.5 million diapers to King County families in need. Covid-19 has made Diaper Need more complex this year and to combat the need, we have distributed over 1.1 million diapers so far this year. We are proud of this number and we are only able…
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Black Lives Matter.

Black Lives Matter.

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Committing to Action. Black Lives Matter. At WestSide Baby this means black children, black families, and black health matters. We cannot be in alignment with our WestSide Baby values of humanity, of intentional action, and of resilience; our vision that all children have their basic needs met cannot be realized until black lives matter and until race no longer determines how likely it is that a child will have their most basic needs unmet. @ohhappydaniLawrence Bryant of Reuter[email protected] We acknowledge and apologize that we have stayed safe, we have avoided rocking the boat, and we are therefore complicit in allowing racism to persist. We at WestSide Baby mourn deeply and stand in solidarity with those in Seattle and beyond protesting and calling for justice for the murders of Ahmaud Arbery,…
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A Defining Moment: How WestSide Baby Will Emerge

A Defining Moment: How WestSide Baby Will Emerge

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A Defining Moment: How WestSide Baby Will Emerge “If we have no peace, it is because we have forgotten that we belong to each other”Mother Teresa How will WestSide Baby re-emerge from this public health crisis? This is the question on our hearts and minds. At the center of who we are is a mission to meet the basic needs of children in our community. Before COVID-19 spread through King County, our social safety net had holes resulting in nearly 1 in 4 families unable to access the basic essentials they needed to keep children safe, warm, and thriving. Now, this crisis has laid bare these gaping holes, with more of us experiencing the stress of financial instability, and those already furthest from access being most impacted. WestSide Baby came…
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WestSide Baby on King 5 News!

WestSide Baby on King 5 News!

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New parents warned against homemade baby formula in coronavirus crisis Some families have been unable to stock up on — or find — baby products. Health officials are concerned by alternative recipes for formula circulating online. Author: Ted LandPublished: 10:07 PM PDT April 8, 2020Updated: 11:11 AM PDT April 13, 2020 In addition to concerns about finding toilet paper, some new parents are worried about getting enough formula and diapers. A Seattle non-profit said there's a recent surge in demand for baby products, while doctors have a warning for families seeking a do-it-yourself alternative to feed newborns. West Side Baby, an organization that provides diapers, formula, cribs, and strollers to families, has been inundated with cries for help during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. In some cases, families under financial stress cannot afford products. In…
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