Windermere Foundation Recipient: Eastside Baby Corner

ebc-2015Here’s another organization we’re highlighting from last year’s Eastside Windermere Foundation recipients. The Eastside Baby Corner helps kids thrive by providing the basic necessities that every child needs. They leverage the impact of direct service providers by delivering essential goods to the families they are helping. This grant provides basic essentials like diapers and formula to economically disadvantaged children ages birth to 12.

logoEastside Baby Corner (EBC) was founded in 1990 because Karen Ridlon, a local pediatric nurse practitioner, became concerned about the large numbers of babies in her practice that began life without adequate food, clothing, beds or safety equipment.

Her commitment to giving these children a stronger start grew from an idea and a few items gathered in her dining room, into an agency that in 2014 distributed 51,396 orders of absolute essentials to local children.

For 50 weeks each year, volunteers and staff at Eastside Baby Corner collect community donations, purchase and distribute children’s and maternity items to families in collaboration with virtually every organization helping families in our area. Case managers from partner agencies assess the needs of the family, request the items from EBC, pick up and deliver them to the family. Serving a broad area across King County that extends to the Cascade foothills and from south of Renton into south Snohomish County, EBC serves as a diaper bank, a clothing bank, and a food source for more than 500 kids each week.

For more information and to find out how you can help support the Eastside Baby Corner, make sure you visit their website.