In the case of diapers, DC Diaper Bank believes that giving a little changes a lot. That something as simple as a fresh and clean bottom can help babies and their families rise to the top.
DC Diaper Bank works to provide an adequate and reliable supply of diapers to babies, toddlers and their families in the Washington, DC metropolitan area. It is modeled after successful diaper banks around the country, providing diapers to social service organizations that are already helping families in need through comprehensive programs and services. Diaper banks using this model ensure that diapers are distributed to the families that need them the most and in the most effective way.
Diapers not only provide health and happiness to families and babies in need, but they are also a resource to the partners and organizations to which they are given. Having these diapers as a resource increases the services these organizations can provide.
Diapers are necessary and expensive. In DC, 44% of children under age three live in low-income families. In Maryland the number is 33%, and in Virginia 36% of three-year-olds share this reality. The cost of living in the DC metro area is the 8th highest in the country.
The DC Diaper Bank provides an average of 75,000 diapers to more than 2,500 families a month. To date the DC Diaper Bank has donated over 1,000,000 diapers to families in need, and this number continues to grow.
DC Diaper Bank works to strengthen families by providing a reliable and adequate supply of free diapers to families in need living in the Washington, DC metropolitan area.
DC Diaper Bank believes we can create, through actions large and small, collective and individual, a community in which families have all they need to thrive.
In October 2009 Corinne Cannon and her husband Jay welcomed a beautiful baby boy named Jack who turned out to be quite the challenge.
Colicky, restless, high needs, you name it – Jack was a challenging baby. Even with incredible family support and enough resources to care for Jack, Cannon was amazed at how hard it was to be a parent. Cannon began to think about other mothers less fortunate than she, and how they might be dealing with the same stress she felt. She knew there was no magic “Easy” button for raising a child and began searching for ways to help make raising an infant easier for those who lacked support.
After research and many phone calls, Cannon learned diapers weren’t covered by food stamps or WIC funds and social-service organizations in the Washington DC metro area were in desperate need of diapers. After reading about diaper banks in cities across the country, Cannon planned to volunteer at a diaper bank in DC – only to find out the closest one was in Pennsylvania.
In October 2010, on Jack’s first birthday, Cannon established DC Diaper Bank and the organization has been moving forward ever since. The community response has been amazing. Dozens of diaper drives, donations from near and far, emails of support and “thank you” messages from strangers, and of course, lots and lots of diapers.
DC Diaper Bank Board of Directors
Corinne Cannon, MAT, MSc
Founder and Executive Director
Fred Jauss, Esq.
Jay B. Williams, III, Esq.
Bethany Benitez, Esq.