The Western Pennsylvania Diaper Bank strives to bring public awareness of the diaper struggle as a crisis in our region. Through partnering with other non-profit agencies, faith-based institutions and childcare providers, the diaper bank aims to increase distribution of needed diapers to families and individuals in need at no cost.
The Western PA Diaper Bank was established in 2012 by Rev. Phillip and Cathy Battle. When Rev. Battle asked what service families most needed that was not provided by other agencies; the reply was diapers. After additional research, they found out there is no government assistance for diapers. Families can not use WIC or SNAP. If a family receives cash assistance through TANF, the monthly diaper bill can consume up to 40 percent of the assistance in some states.
The Western PA Diaper Bank has distributed more than 2 million diapers to over 20,000 babies. We are now servicing families in Allegheny, Westmoreland, and Fayette counties.
Last year with the pandemic we saw the demand for diapers increased, many people were unemployed, temporarily laid off. The Western PA Diaper Bank provided diapers through drive-by events, partnering with new agencies like Pittsburgh Restaurant Workers, and they distributed 1.2 million diapers!
Many do not directly see the despair created by the lack of this necessity for proper childcare. Many babies live in home environments with tension, less nurturing, and possible abuse.The uncomfortable baby will cry a lot. Babies suffer from urinary tract infection and severe diaper rash.
This year WPADB goal is to distribute 2 millions diapers, launch the Period Poverty Advocacy Project to end the period stigma, and provide adult incontinence supplies to seniors. All of which are not covered by any Government assistance. Everyone deserves basic necessities.
We thank the community for supporting us through volunteering, holding diaper drives, and donating. Helping us keep babies clean, healthy, and dry. We could not have helped over 10,000 families last year without your help. This year the demand for basic necessities continues to rise and we need your help. If we all do a little a lot will get done.
We believe giving a little changes a lot, $12 will diaper a baby for two weeks. The Western Diaper Bank website is WPADIAPERBANK.ORG, sign up to be a monthly supporter, or volunteer at our Allegheny or Mt. Pleasant location.
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