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
In response to continuing and growing need, EBC is continuing to grow to reach more kids through gains in breadth, depth and influence. In March 2014, we merged Northshore Baby Corner into our organization. With this merger, we’ll be able to provide a higher level of service for families in the north end of King County and south Snohomish County. Eastside Baby Corner – Northshore will have full access to the large supply of children’s items in the EBC Hub, as well as our 25 years of experience and expertise in giving kids the essential items they need to grow and thrive
In 2014, EBC gave immediate help to parents and caregivers by filling 51,000 orders for formula, food, clothing, beds, car seats, school supplies and diapers. Included in those 51,000 orders were 800,000 diapers. Diapers are a huge barrier for working parents, and are not covered by WIC, SNAP or Medicaid.
As a member of the 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 a 26% jump 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, on average, more than 2,200 hours each month handling operations and weekly duties.
The challenge is to reach all the kids who need assistance while maintaining excellent service and sustainable practices. We are working to thoughtfully grow as we address the aging of crucial structures, such as our online ordering system, transportation and storage.
EBC is committed to finding flexible solutions 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