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Building up communities to become whole, together!

Building up communities to become whole, together!

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Our Provider Partners Part II Building up communities to become whole, together! Partner Agency Highlight: Friends of the Children - Seattle Read Part I of our Provider Partner Series Our partners span multiple disciplines and social services areas including public health, social work, food security, domestic violence, early learning, infant mental health, education, and more. Research supports that the agency partnership model has many positive implications for both the partner agencies and the recipients including increased communication between providers and clients, client program retention, and connection to other services—all of which ultimately contribute to lasting, positive outcomes for families. Friends of the Children Seattle Friends of the Children–Seattle is a chapter of a nationwide organization dedicated to breaking the cycle of generational poverty through salaried, professional mentoring. The national organization was founded…
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Working with our Partner Providers to respond to the highest rates of diaper need our community has ever seen

Working with our Partner Providers to respond to the highest rates of diaper need our community has ever seen

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Our Provider Partners: Part I Working with our Partner Providers to respond to the highest rates of diaper need our community has ever seen Who are WestSide Baby's "Provider Partners"? WestSide Baby envisions a day when all children are equipped with the basic items they need to grow into healthy, happy, and resilient members of our community. In order to do that, WestSide Baby partners with more than 100 social service agencies and 400+ agency workers throughout King County to provide essential items to local children free of charge.  WestSide Baby's 2020 Provider Partner Program by Focus Area: Our partners span multiple disciplines and social service sectors including public health, social work, food security, domestic violence, early learning, infant mental health, and more.  Why is this distribution model important?  Research supports that the agency partnership model has many positive implications for both the…
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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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The Diaper Need Crisis Continues In 2021: WestSide Baby Responds To An Increased Need Due To COVID-19 In King County

The Diaper Need Crisis Continues In 2021: WestSide Baby Responds To An Increased Need Due To COVID-19 In King County

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The Diaper Need Crisis Continues In 2021: WestSide Baby Responds To An Increased Need Due To COVID-19 In King County Basic Needs Gaps  Before the outbreak of COVID-19 in our community and the subsequent shutdown of businesses and community resources almost one year ago, we already knew that 21% of children in King County lived in families struggling with diaper need. We also know families are disproportionately impacted by diaper need:  Families are impacted by where they live: - Families living in South King County, for example, are 9% more likely to experience diaper need than average in King County.   Families are impacted by race and racism:- Compared to White families, families who identified as Native Hawaiian/Pacific Islander were 31% more likely to experience diaper need than White families, and Black families are 22%…
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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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FAQ

FAQ

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How WestSide Baby Will Emerge:Frequently Asked Questions for our Operations during COVID-19: Updated March 23, 2021 What is the main factor driving WestSide Baby’s decisions for distribution, volunteers, and item collection?  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 will work through our network of 100+ partner organizations to find out what families need most immediately, and then we will 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 social distancing guidance provided by Public Health Seattle & King County and the Washington State Department of Health.  King County in Phase 3 We…
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WestSide Baby & National Diaper Need Awareness Week

WestSide Baby & National Diaper Need Awareness Week

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Diaper Need is a lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep a baby clean, dry and healthy. NDNAW was created in 2012 to provide individuals, communities, organizations, and elected officials with opportunities to use simple actions to lead to real talk and real change to end this public health crisis.  Diaper need affects 1 in 3 families nationally and 23% of families in King County. Within this 23%, families from BIPOC backgrounds are disproportionately impacted by diaper need. Our social safety net does not ensure equal assess to basic needs items. Nationally, low-income families pay up to 14% of their entire income on disposable diapers. WIC & food stamps do NOT cover diapers. Diaper need is receiving more attention with the recent onset of COVID-19. Access to diapers and…
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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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Donate Items to Stuff the Bus!

Donate Items to Stuff the Bus!

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Stuff the Bus is Seattle’s largest diaper drive and is your opportunity to collect diapers to ensure all babies have diapers to be healthy and happy. Host a virtual diaper drive, donate dollars for diapers, subscribe to a monthly diaper subscription, or simply send a box of diapers to WestSide Baby today! #Diapersforallbabies **Starting this week, you can donate unopened diapers, wipes, soaps, shampoo, and diaper cream in support of Stuff the Bus!** White Center Hub Drop-off Days Every Wednesday10am-2pm Want to help Stuff the Bus by donating a few basic need items? Bring these basics for babies to our White Center Hub! White Center Hub Drop-off Event July 15th10am-2pm Bring the diapers & hygiene items you've collected this summer from hosting a drive to our White  Center location! South Lake Union Drop-off Event…
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