WestSide Baby selected as recipient of national ‘Funds for Change’ grant

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WestSide Baby, the community-based not-for-profit organization that distributes diapers to babies living in low-wage families in King County, has been selected as one of 61 national recipients of the inaugural Funds for Change grant awarded by the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN).

“The Funds for Change grants are designed to enhance the sustainability or capacity of individual diaper banks to address diaper need in their respective communities,” said Alison Weir, director of programs at National Diaper Bank Network. “NDBN is very pleased to present WestSide Baby with a $1,800 grant to further its effort to help babies in King County.”

WestSide Baby will use the grant funds to upgrade its online ordering system, through which provider partners place orders for their clients.

“This grant will help us make crucial upgrades to our ordering system, which is the backbone of our organization and ensures that the children we serve get the items they need to grow up safe, warm and dry,” WestSide Baby Executive Director Nancy Woodland said. “We’re honored and thankful to receive this grant.”

In total, NDBN awarded more than $100,000 in grant funding to member diaper banks operating in 30 states. However, the net impact of the Funds for Change exceeds $200,000, as each NDBN grant is matched dollar-for-dollar at the local level. The 61 grants awarded ranged in size from $800 to $2,000 and went to both newly formed and established diaper banks, located in communities throughout the country.

Since its first diaper distribution in 2001, WestSide Baby has provided more than $12 million in essential children’s items to families in King County.

About the National Diaper Bank Network: The National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) is a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to ensuring that every child in the U.S. has enough diapers to be clean, dry & healthy. Founded in 2011, the network raises awareness of diaper need (#DiaperNeed) and supports the development and expansion of diaper banks in communities throughout the country. Its active membership includes more than 230 diaper banks, diaper closets and food banks located in 48 states and the District of Columbia. Huggies® supports NDNB as the founding sponsor, and works to combat diaper need through the Every Little Bottom campaign by donating more than 20 million diapers per year to families in need. More information on NDBN and diaper need is available at www.nationaldiaperbanknetwork.org, and on Facebook (facebook.com/NationalDiaperBankNetwork) and Twitter (@DiaperNetwork).

About WestSide Baby
WestSide Baby, in partnership with our community, provides essential items to local children in need by collecting and distributing diapers, clothing and equipment. In 2013, WestSide Baby distributed more than $1.7 million in goods to children up to size 12, serving more than 24,000 local children. By partnering with more than 80 established social service agencies, we are able to focus simply on the items children need to thrive while trained professionals can address other issues to give families a hand in a time of need.

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