Eastside Baby Corner Programs
Our only program is to help the helpers: case managers assess the needs of the families, request the items through our online ordering system, pick up and deliver the items to the families. The requests from agencies are filled to the best of EBC's ability to match age, gender and personal preferences; 90-95% of all received orders are filled. Through smart purchasing in bulk and reliance on volunteers and in-kind donations, EBC leverages limited resources to best meet the needs of dozens of agencies and the people they serve. To preserve confidentiality, EBC does not collect information on individual children. Eastside Baby Corner is committed to providing resources to all children in need, from birth to age twelve, regardless of their religious, ethnic or other affiliations.
Recent Successes and Current Challenges
Eastside Baby Corner hired our first paid executive director in 2013. Founder Karen Ridlon now serves as Executive Director Emeritus. Hiring an executive director as well as additional support staff is a key goal of the Board's efforts to increase the capacity and sustainability of the organization.
In response to continuing and growing need, EBC added four new agency partners since January 2013, and increased weekly allotments to another 6. In 2013 we lifted the cap on how many orders of diapers can be placed for a single child in a week. As a consequence, we began to close the need gap. Nearly 600,000 diapers were given out in 2013, a 47% increase over 2012. Two drop-off sites have been added since 2012 to increase the amount of goods donated to EBC.
As a member of the newly formed National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN), EBC has received shipments of donated diapers to augment what we purchase and what is donated through community drives and events. This past year saw another 30% in the number of drives, bringing in thousands of diapers, cans of formula, socks, toothbrushes, pajamas, school supplies and assorted clothes. We have an abundance of volunteers who contribute more than 2,000 hours each month handling operations and weekly duties.
Despite tremendous growth in services, the challenge continues to be reaching all the kids who need assistance. We still have providers waiting to join our network, and there are providers who are struggling with the federal and state cutbacks that limit their ability to order, pick up the goods and deliver these crucial basics to families in need. EBC is working hard to create flexible solutions to these challenges so that the professionals working directly with local families can depend on EBC for the basic “stuff” moms or dads need to be the parent they want to be and children need to grow up healthy and thriving