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 [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: Part I “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…
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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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Our Modified Distribution has begun!

Our Modified Distribution has begun!

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The current COVID - 19 public health crisis has resulted in a ripple effect throughout our community. The scarcity of basic needs items, like diapers and baby wipes affects the families we serve who already struggle with getting essentials for their little ones. Our modified distribution plan allows us to continue to navigate as an essential service to keep our community safe. We are just getting started and have distributed 21,968 diapers, in addition to wipes, car seats, formula and hygiene items. WestSide Baby efforts to keep our community safe includes: Keeping distribution by appointment onlyLimiting items in orders for distributionEmergency distribution efforts, outreach with Seattle Public Schools and continued partnerships with food banks and other agenciesTaking additional sanitation measures to protect the health & safety of staff, partners and the families we serve While we…
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Announcing our NEW Executive Director!

Announcing our NEW Executive Director!

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Announcing WestSide Baby's new Executive Director: Sarah Cody Roth! Stay up-to-date with all our announcements here. On behalf of the WestSide Baby Board of Directors, I am pleased to announce that we recently offered the open Executive Director position to Sarah Cody Roth and she accepted! Sarah Cody Roth has served on staff at WestSide Baby for over four years, first as Director of Development and then as Deputy Director. As WestSide Baby has grown, Sarah has ensured we have the capacity we need to sustain a lasting impact, by leading long-term planning and staff development efforts while overseeing our development and marketing teams. Sarah has thirteen years of experience in leadership within the public and nonprofit sectors, focusing on policy and advocacy, public relations, fundraising and nonprofit management. She…
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Emergency Diaper Distribution: COVID-19 Response

Emergency Diaper Distribution: COVID-19 Response

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Emergency Diaper Distribution: COVID-19 Response Stay up-to-date with all our announcements here. While our community deals with the public health crisis of COVID-10, WestSide Baby is suspending our normal operations in order to focus our energy on rapidly adapting to what our partners and families need. We already know 23% of families with young children across King County experience difficulty affording enough diapers to keep their child safe, warm and dry and COVID-19 will have the greatest detrimental effects on the health and well-being of our community within families who are already struggling to make ends meet. On Thursday (3/12) we distributed 45,684 diapers and on Tuesday (3/17) we distributed 74,276 diapers for a total of 119,960 diapers as part of an emergency response to help families stock up on essential…
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Keeping our Community Safe: WestSide Baby to suspend normal operations beginning Friday, March 13.

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Keeping our Community Safe: WestSide Baby to suspend normal operations beginning Friday, March 13. Stay up-to-date with all our announcements here. Beginning Friday, March 13, 2020 WestSide Baby operations will be suspended so that we can focus on adapting to meet the most urgent needs of the community we serve and so that we can do our part in keeping our community safe. We will be constantly assessing how we can support children’s most basic needs during this suspension of operations. As of now, we are unable to comply with Public Health guidelines within our normal operations. WestSide Baby relies upon groups of volunteers, many within populations most vulnerable to COVID-19, to sort and process a large volume of items collected from our community. Our normal operations pose too great…
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WestSide Baby Leadership Transitions

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WestSide Baby Leadership Transitions A LETTER FROM NANCY WOODLAND, WESTSIDE BABY’S EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR Dear Friend and Supporter of WestSide Baby, I write to share news that, after thirteen incredible years, I am transitioning from my role as the Executive Director of WestSide Baby. I am deeply proud of our work to provide basic items to children and families throughout our community. This is the perfect moment for me to transition and make space for a new, dynamic leader to trust in this treasured, growing nonprofit. This is an exciting and also a difficult announcement to share.  This announcement is celebratory and tough. The celebration comes from knowing that WestSide Baby has made it through its adolescence and is primed and ready to launch into adulthood.  The staff and Board are…
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Diapers Offered During Government Shutdown

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WestSide Baby is offering families affected by the government shutdown free diapers and wipes on a walk-in basis. “We already know many families in our community are unable to afford all the tangible basics. No more families should be without clean, dry diapers for their baby just because they are not receiving a paycheck during the shutdown,” says Nancy Woodland, WestSide Baby’s Executive Director. Families affected by the furlough should come to WestSide Baby anytime during open hours to receive diapers and wipes while the shutdown continues. Please bring proof of government employment. See our hours and locations here. If you are interested in supporting WestSide Baby you can donate online or donate diapers at any of our locations or collection sites.
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Social Worker Led Frugal Life To Leave Nearly $11 Million To Children’s Charities

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Social Worker Led Frugal Life To Leave Nearly $11 Million To Children's Charities Friends remember Washington state social worker Alan Naiman as being frugal. He wore old shoes held together with duct tape, bought his apparel at the grocery store, drove jalopies and ate at cheap restaurants. But when he died of cancer in January 2018, at age 63, the people around him learned that he had quietly saved millions for a higher cause. Naiman left most of his $11 million estate to organizations serving abandoned, impoverished, sick and disabled children. "He left it all to charities — mostly to kids, the section of society that couldn't really help themselves," his friend Shashi Karan told NPR. Read more here.
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