Question:  Please share a brief description of mission, objectives and community served: 

 

Answer:  Babies of Homelessness was established in 2016 as a 501(c)(3) to confront diaper need. We work tirelessly to fulfill our mission of improving health and well-being for parents and children by providing diapers, wipes and formula free of charge to King and Snohomish County families and agencies.

Question:  Please provide information regarding the demographics of the people you serve, including race/ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, age, education, income level, etc.: 

Answer:  We serve more than 5173 children each year through three programs. In the first three months of 2022, we have served 60% of last year's total number of children and distributed 40% more diapers. We are well on our way to delivering one million diapers this year. As families in King County continue to confront economic hardships exacerbated by COVID-19, we anticipate the number of families turning to our diaper bank program will increase by over 40% totaling approximately 10,876 children served by the end of 2022.

2022 Salesforce Key Performance Data of who we serve Jan 2022 to April 4, 2022: 

  • 2,719 children total served in 2022

  • 80% of children we serve are 0 to 3 years of age

  • 62% of families we provide services to are experiencing homelessness – living in a car, motel/hotel, tent city or encampment, tiny home or a shelter.

  • For families experiencing homelessness, the primary cause is DOMESTIC VIOLENCE.

  •  Average Annual Income:

o   Snohomish - $4900 per year

o   King - $18,000 per year

  • Race / Ethnicity:

39% White
19% Black

13% Multi-racial
10% Latino / Latino American / Hispanic

10% Other Race

6% Asian / Asian American

3% Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

​Question: Organization Size (number of paid staff and volunteers):

 

Answer:  Full-time staff, 4 contractors, 25 volunteers and 7 active board of directors. 

 

Question: Please provide a summary of your budget for the current fiscal year:

Answer: 

    Total budget:
  Total income:            $507,227.85
  Total expenses:        $545,591.10

 

Question: What is the breakdown of your income sources (percentage received from individuals, corporations, foundations, government, earned income, etc.)?

Answer: 

60% Individual Contributions
16% In-Kind Donations
13% Foundation & Government Grants
6% Major Fundraiser
5% Corporate Contributions

    

Question: How will you use our $10,000 donation?

 

Answer: 

Diaper need has long been an overlooked condition of living in poverty and a public health issue. One in every three American families struggles to provide diapers to keep their children clean, dry and healthy. In Seattle, up to 42% of families of color experience diaper need.

 

COVID-19 and high unemployment have exacerbated our focus area as families that were previously or barely able to make ends are now forced to make difficult choices between diapers, food, and rent. They find temporary workaround solutions to get the most use out of each diaper: 

 

  • Leaving diapers longer on their babies

  • Letting babies go diaperless and 

  • Making makeshift diapers out of plastic, paper towels and duct tape.

 

Without regular diaper changes, there are adverse family outcomes for parents and child, along with ramifications on workforce participation and early childhood education: 

 

  • Children are susceptible to dermatological and urinary tract infections;

  • High rates of maternal depression because diapering is so fundamental to identities as good parents;

  • Additional co-occurring material hardships, including food insecurity, transportation access, difficulties affording housing, utilities, health care, and nonfood essentials (e.g., toilet paper, toothpaste);

  • Difficulty meeting educational goals and forced school or work absence because of a lack of a sufficient number of diapers for childcare attendance.

 

Even though diapers are as essential as food and housing, government assistance programs (i.e. SNAP and WIC) do not subsidize diapers. Some lawmakers do not recognize diapers as a basic need, as evidenced by diapers being still taxed in Washington, and even though TANF households with children under three will soon receive an increase of $100 per month to help with diapers, the program is insufficient to create the impact it aims to bring. 

 

Babies of Homelessness and two other diaper banks are working together to attempt 39,200 children under six to experience diaper need in King County (a total cost of $4.8 million dollars). 

 

Your donation of $10,000 will diaper 250 children for one month or twenty children for 12 months.