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Executive Director Transition Announcement

Executive Director Transition Announcement

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Message from our Executive Director, Sarah Cody Roth As we share another Community Impact Report highlighting what is possible when community comes together to address inequity, it is profoundly bittersweet to share that I have decided to transition out of my role as WestSide Baby’s Executive Director on January 31, 2023. After seven years with this incredible organization, I am thrilled to step away from a thriving organization that is ready for new leadership from our community, to ground our work ever deeper in our values and commitment to equity. Since December 2015, I have been honored to work toward ensuring families have their basic needs met and their dignity honored as part of a more just world. On my first day at WestSide Baby, as Development Director, I had…
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Boo at SLU

Boo at SLU

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We are saying goodbye to WestSide Baby’s South Lake Union branch with a BOO at SLU event on Monday, October 31! As our lease ends this November due to planned redevelopment of the space, and as we reflect on the costs and benefits to operating a second physical location, we are excited to announce that we will be directing resources towards expanding our WestSide Baby footprint through mobile donation collection and item distribution services in 2023. Event Details Monday, October 31 from 10:00 AM to 4:00 PM Bring a box of diapers or other most-needed items and we’ll provide treats and fun – reserve an appointment today or just stop by in your costumes!   RSVP to Boo at SLU! We’re going MOBILE in 2023!   In early 2023, WestSide Baby will…
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Take Action with From the Bottom Up!

Take Action with From the Bottom Up!

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Having enough clean diapers is foundational to a baby’s ability to grow and thrive.  From the first precious newborn diaper all the way through the potty-training years, WestSide Baby supplies families with the basics their children need. Caregivers experience tremendous relief, both financially and emotionally, knowing they are able to meet their babies’ needs.   WestSide Baby recognizes there are structural inequities that cause the basic needs gap to disproportionately affect communities of color, and unmet basic needs can lead to disparities in health and well-being for children and families of color. "In this period when we're all suffering from inflation, people are at high risk for either being homeless or actually not being able to feed their families." he says "In fact, more than half of Black and Latino households…
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Bulk Diaper Program Expansion

Bulk Diaper Program Expansion

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Bulk Diaper Program Expansion Featuring Muslimahs Against Abuse Center After over 20 years of striving to meet the diaper need gap that exists in our community, WestSide Baby has distributed over 17 million diapers to families and their children. While this deserves to be celebrated, we are focused on how much more we can and should do to respond to the disproportionate need that continues to grow in the wake of historic inflation, systemic racism and job insecurity.  Over the past 2+ years, we have responded in a crisis by increasing our distribution of diapers by over 60% to a growing network of partner organizations providing critical care to our community. In just the last two months we have brought on 27 new partnerships with direct services organizations serving families…
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A Historic Win for Families Experiencing Diaper Need!

A Historic Win for Families Experiencing Diaper Need!

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A Historic Win for Families Experiencing Diaper Need! WestSide Baby is thrilled to announce SB 5838, the End Diaper Need Act has been passed and funded in the Washington state budget as legislative session wraps up today!  The End Diaper Need Act is one-of-a-kind, and makes Washington only the second state in the nation to acknowledge and address the financial burden of diaper need faced by low-income families. Beginning in Fall 2023, all Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) households with children under the age of three will receive a $100 per month cash grant increase to help pay for diapers.  Toni Sarge, Director of Public Affairs for WestSide Baby, spoke to the legislature about why this bill is necessary in this moment. “Diaper need is an overlooked challenge that…
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WestSide Baby in the News

WestSide Baby in the News

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WestSide Baby in the News WA bill proposes subsidy to help some families buy diapers Families receiving TANF could get more money for diapers if Senate Bill 5838 passes in the Legislature. Crosscut | March 1, 2022 Sequoia Dolan considers herself Wonder Woman. She gets up before 6:30 a.m., prepares breakfast for her children, drops her son off at school, waits at the bus stop with her daughter and then spends time with her 2-year-old. Her little one is still in diapers, which may become easier for her to afford if Washington lawmakers can pass Senate Bill 5838, which would give extra money to families trying to make ends meet. To get through the month, Dolan typically buys a box of diapers from Costco and another from Safeway before heading…
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Introducing the Diaper Need Act: Helping families with babies and young children afford diapers

Introducing the Diaper Need Act: Helping families with babies and young children afford diapers

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Introducing the Diaper Need Act: Helping families with babies and young children afford diapers Diaper cash assistance: Addressing #diaperneed for Washington families  The 2022 legislative session has begun and WestSide Baby and the Washington Diaper Bank Coalition are excited to announce the introduction of The End Diaper Need Act, with bills in both the House and the Senate (See the bills here: HB1947 & SB5838). WestSide Baby legislative champions Representative Noel Frame, Representative Jesse Johnson, Senator T'wina Nobles, and Senator Ann Rivers are leading the way for this important legislation acknowledging the high cost of diapers for families. The challenge. Unlike other essentials such as food or health insurance, no public assistance programs help families pay for diapers – and diapers can cost up to $100 a month for a newborn. The only other state in…
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Washington State Diaper Bank Coalition Collaborates to End Diaper Need

Washington State Diaper Bank Coalition Collaborates to End Diaper Need

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The Washington State Diaper Bank Coalition  In 2017, WestSide Baby formed the Washington State Diaper Bank Coalition by conducting phone calls and informational interviews with diaper banks across the state. We more formally convened via regular email communication shortly after that. The coalition primarily served as a connection point for diaper banks of different sizes, serving different populations, to occasionally connect and ask questions. In 2019, the coalition more regularly communicated regarding important advocacy goals including exempting diapers from sales tax, and engaging legislators around a diaper subsidy program for low-income working families. All diaper banks reported an increase in distribution in 2020 continuing into 2021. The coalition consists of the 10 diaper banks recognized by the National Diaper Bank Network:  Eastside Baby Corner (1990) serving East King County, South…
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COVID-19 Health and Safety for WestSide Baby’s Community

COVID-19 Health and Safety for WestSide Baby’s Community

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Thank you for continuing to do your part in keeping our community safe & healthy! COVID-19 Health and Safety COVID-19 Vaccine Requirement UPDATE: November 30, 2021 As we evaluate compliance with new King County and City of Seattle Executive Orders requiring vaccines, we will suspend consideration of all vaccine exemptions until further notice.  WestSide Baby will require staff and volunteers to be vaccinated by Monday, November 15, 2021, with considerations for exemptions for religious, medical, deeply held personal reasons, and children under the age of 12 (until the vaccine is available to children under the age of 12). We have chosen to require the vaccine because it is proven to be the most effective tool to keep ourselves and others safe and healthy, especially as the children we serve are unable to. Getting…
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