The 2018 hurricane season has been extraordinarily active in parts of the U.S., with Hurricane Florence currently impacting millions in the Carolinas. As this natural disaster unfolds, the staff here at VolunteerMatch is doing its part to ensure that, if you are in an affected community, you are prepared and safe. And if you are looking to help with disaster relief efforts, you know about the most effective ways to contribute.
Our purpose: *To help prevent health and neglect issues for children by giving low income families access to fresh, properly fitting diapers; *To partner with the community, collecting diapers and/or funds, to purchase diapers; *To act as a vendor to... Read more
*To help prevent health and neglect issues for children by giving low income families access to fresh, properly fitting diapers;
*To partner with the community, collecting diapers and/or funds, to purchase diapers;
*To act as a vendor to public service agencies with diaper needs;
*To advocate, through the use of technology and social media, that "basic human needs" include diapers and that these needs are not being met for many children and adults.
As a rising number of Minnesota families struggle to pay the rent and put food on the table, households with young children face the added burden of providing diapers, an often-overlooked expense that is not covered by food stamps or WIC federal funding. Low-income parents cannot take advantage of free or subsidized childcare if they cannot afford to leave disposable diapers at childcare centers. If parents cannot access daycare, then they are less able to attend work or school on a consistent basis. This in turn leads to increased economic instability and a continuation of the cycle of poverty. In poor and low-income families, a baby can spend a day or longer in one diaper, leading to potential health and abuse risks. For every 28 cent donation we receive, we can purchase one diaper for a baby who is currently going without.