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#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty

by Jake's Diapers, Inc.
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#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
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#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty
#savethebabies: Help Children Rise out of Poverty

"Alone we can do so little. Together, we can do so much." - Helen Keller

When COVID-19 hit locally in March, we accelerated our mission to help vulnerable populations struggling with financial decisions between food and other basic needs. 

There are so many families struggling right now to buy essential products - like diapers, period products and adult care essentials - for their families. We knew these people would need extra help and care to circumvent the pandemic that would disproportionally affect people living in poverty.

We are so grateful for new supporters of our cause as we come together to help our community get through this time. Because of your support, we were able to ....

  • Give more than 85,000 diapers to babies in need.
  • Distribute a total 313,665 essential hygiene products to people in need.
  • Help 7,054 people because of those distributions.

This impact doesn't even count May, yet!

Check out the included link for the full COVID-19 impact report to find out just how many diapers and babies that breaks down to, and learn more about the work that has kept us busy these last two months.

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As we continue with daily life while abiding by best practices to avoid COVID-19 spread, we’re all experiencing major shifts in communication. Instead of gatherings with family and friends, many have turned to technology to stay safe and connected.

This shift has also created a lot of change for many of our nonprofit partners who serve the basic needs of low income populations. 

For example, at the Winnebago County Health Department Public Health Supervisor Alana Erickson said all communications have shifted virtually, and WIC participants are being referred to 2-1-1 resources if in need of items not provided via those benefits. 

In Oconto County, our partners at Kingdom Come say drive-thru operations add a layer of difficulty to providing supplies that families need. For example, Belinda of Kingdom Come said she regularly spoke with families about diaper need when they would come in to pick up their supplies – something that isn’t happening right now.

“The biggest struggle is not hearing from our clients. Because we are serving more families, and the drive-thru style of food distribution does not lend itself to time to talk, we were not able to discuss particular client needs or changes to this first diaper distribution. (Typically) clients would talk to me about size changes or problem-solving based on our available products,” she said. “That is disrupted now, and will be increasingly disrupted with each month we continue to need to limit and control spacial contact with our clients.”

Belinda said hopes to be able to make assumptions about diaper size needs based on what she knows about the child, but at the end of the day right now is about just adapting to get by and make things work.

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The COVID-19 pandemic is disproportionally impacting children and families who lack access to clean diapers and other basic necessities. Hoarding, loss of jobs and shelter in place orders have forced more families to turn to nonprofit diaper banks, depleting available supplies.

Our Increased Distribution Exemplifies this Overwhelming Impact 

  • In February, our program distributed 23,621 diapers to 472 children and families. This is a pretty normal month.
  • In March, we delivered 46,378 diapers to 1,009 children and families.

We expect this number to continue to grow.

Parents strolling the baby aisle across the U.S. are running into limited options and even empty shelves as the world continues its fight against COVID-19. Thank you for your continued support in providing essential items to families in need, especially at these most crucial times.

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An average American middle class family seems like a group of people who would generally experience a quality life in our developed, modern country. 

Yet, news reports continue to show time and again that many people in this bracket struggle to get by. 

For example, the median salary of a male worker in the United States is no longer enough to cover the cost of living for a family of four, according to Business Insider. Comparatively, in 1985 the typical male worker needed 30 weeks' pay to cover those average costs.

The scene is similar in Australia, where news articles report discouraging increases in poverty, while incomes stagnate and living costs soar.

“Generally most of our receivers are normal everyday families just struggling to make ends meet,” said Samantha of Cloth Nappies for Charity, one of Jake’s Diapers Diaper Drop partners in Australia. “(Many people we help struggle with) poverty due to unemployment, drought or other natural disasters such as the recent bushfire events. These people struggle to live with very little money so therefore don’t need the added expense of nappies.”

The recent fires devastated the country, and in the worst hit areas estimates report more than 2,000 homes destroyed. Cloth Nappies for Charity leveraged the increased supply from Jakes Diapers to be able to support those with ongoing need as well as the increased need from situational poverty caused by fires.

“Recently, we provided nappies to a disaster relief group to provide families affected by the horrific bushfires,” Samantha said. “Many towns were devastated and many lost their homes as well as family members so are left to rebuild their lives. The products donated by Jake’s have allowed us to up packages to be distributed to families in and around bushfire zones that have been affected. These packages are being delivered through a local disaster relief fund and has put less of a strain on our local resources that at times can be stretched rather thinly.”

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Green Bay nonprofit and Jake’s Diapers team up to provide victims of domestic abuse help.

Anticipating the birth of a new child, even when you’re already a parent, sparks a lot of emotions. Of course, there’s excitement and joy; but we can also experience worry about how siblings will cope, or fears about the child’s development or other concerns.

Layer that with unstable living situations, and life can become overwhelming.

That’s where one mom found herself before enlisting the help of Wise Women Gathering Place in Green Bay. Many people the organization works with are homeless or food insecure due to family violence and generational trauma.

“There is a family we work with who was living in a domestic abuse shelter,” Jessica Adams of Wise Women said. “She was working with us in several of our different programs. She had five children and was pregnant with her sixth. We were able to help secure a home for her and her family, help her connect with other community agencies to get her home outfitted with all the necessary items, assist in helping her find employment, assist with diapers for her now four children in diapers, and get referrals for her children to youth programs and assistance. She and her family are currently stable and living free from violence.”

Wise Women Gathering Place serves victims of crime – predominantly those harmed by domestic abuse, sexual assault, stalking and sex trafficking – and is committed to peace, respect and belonging through skill-building, sharing of resources and caring support for our community. WWGP is also one of Jake’s Diapers community partners who receive support from our Eastern Wisconsin Diaper Bank Initiative.

We used to rely on ‘spotty’ donations from the community,” she said. “When we were out of diapers or hygiene products, it may be that we were out for a long time. We would always refer to other community agencies who help with diapers, but it feels so good to not have to turn someone away to someone else when we can help them here – especially when transportation is such a big issue.”

Transportation is a barrier for these families for a variety of reasons, among them the fact that the multitude of complex traumas they are dealing with makes it difficult to obtain or maintain a job.

“Sometimes people use the last of their gas just to get to an appointment at WWGP. When clients can be helped on the spot with diapers, hygiene products, it helps alleviate one stress right there at the moment. Knowing that they can have a clean diaper after they leave their appointment can help prepare them to take on their next challenge and barrier.”

“Our partnership has fueled the organization’s ability to consistently support local families with diaper need,” Jessica said.

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Jake's Diapers, Inc.

Location: Little Chute, WI - USA
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Project Leader:
Stephanie Bowers
Jake's Diapers, Inc.
Little Chute, Wisconsin United States
$86,665 raised of $100,000 goal
 
1,873 donations
$13,335 to go
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