Due to the COVID-19 outbreak, we have suspended our normal operations and are not currently collecting item donations or hosting volunteers. We are working to distribute most needed items to families through our 114 social service agency partners and through community emergency distribution efforts. Read more about our emergency response to the COVID-19 outbreak.

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THANK YOU video and letter from our Virtual Community in Bloom

THANK YOU video and letter from our Virtual Community in Bloom

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https://youtu.be/hW4P-W2Ul6o Dear Friend, Some great news in the face of many challenges - we raised $319,186 over the last week as part of our Community in Bloom virtual fundraiser! We are amazed at the generosity of you and our community in the middle of this unpredictable time. Thanks to you, we are able to continue to respond to the most emergent needs of our community right now. I am proud to continue working with the entire WestSide Baby staff, volunteers, board of directors, and our community toward our bold vision of ensuring children have the basic items they need to thrive and bloom.  I want to also say thank you to all of our sponsors, for stepping up and sticking with us during this change. A special thank you to our Presenting Sponsor - Sarah Cecil of Edward Jones, who…
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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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Update: Virtual Community in Bloom happening on March 22

Update: Virtual Community in Bloom happening on March 22

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Dear WestSide Baby Supporters, The recent concern with the novel coronavirus (COVID -19) outbreak and its effect on our community has weighed heavily on my mind. The health of all families must be our first priority. After hearing the feedback of our table captains and guests, and reviewing the King County Health Department and Center for Disease Control and Prevention recommendations to keep all of us healthy and safe, we have decided to carry on with our Community in Bloom: A Brunch to Benefit WestSide Baby on March 22 at 1pm, but will host it virtually instead of in-person! Same time, same goal to ensure we can maintain crucial operations to serve the most vulnerable in our community! Please stay tuned for many ways you can support from anywhere in…
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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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WineDown with WestSide Baby

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Thank you for joining us in 2019! We look forward to seeing you in 2020.Check back later for a Save the Date! Sip Local WinesSavor Delicious BitesSupport Children in Need Join us at our fall fundraiser featuring local wineries and delicious bites to ensure that children and families in our community have the diapers, clothing and car seats they need. Thursday, October 10 | Doors at 5:30Melrose Market Studios See Full Event Details
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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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