Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank to Receive National Funds for Change Grant
The Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank, the community-based not-for-profit organization that collects and distributes diapers for babies living in low-wage families, has been selected as one of 23 national recipients of a 2018 Funds for Change grant awarded by the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN).
The Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank distributes diapers free to these families through 28 social service agencies in four counties. “The $2,500 grant will further our mission to serve struggling families,” said Executive Director Cathy Battle.
Estimated diaper need in Allegheny County alone is 77,000 a day. Government programs do not specifically fund diapers.
Since its first diaper distribution in 2012, the Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank has helped provide more than 700,000 diapers to local families in need.
“NDBN’s Funds for Change grants help diaper banks reach more families by investing in organizations that we recognize as growing community assets and strengthening that investment with technical support for nonprofit organizations through our national network,” explained Susan Van Ness, NDBN chief of programs.
In total, NDBN will award up to $100,000 in grant funding to member diaper banks operating in 15 states. However, the net impact of the Funds for Change exceeds $200,000, because NDBN grant recipients are required to secure equal funding from local supporters, thereby doubling the value of the grants upon implementation.
The 23 national grants awarded in 2018 range in size from $1,000 to $10,000, and went to both newly formed and established diaper banks, located in communities throughout the country.
For information about the Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank, to volunteer or to donate, visit www.wpadiaperbank.org.
About the National Diaper Bank Network: The National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) is a nationwide nonprofit dedicated to eliminating diaper need in America, by leading a national movement to help meet the basic needs of all babies and their families…including access to clean, dry diapers and other material goods. Founded in 2011 with the support of Huggies®, the network raises national 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 300 diaper banks, diaper pantries, and food banks located in 47 states and the District of Columbia. More information on NDBN and diaper need is available at www.nationaldiaperbanknetwork.org, and on Twitter (@DiaperNetwork) and Facebook.
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