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Helping Meet Diaper Need Across Metro Detroit

November 5, 2016
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As the Detroit Area Diaper Bank website officially closes, we’re moving the information we’d left on the home page there here to our blog, which will always be available.
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If you’re interested in donating diapers or running a diaper drive, please connect directly with one of the nonprofits listed below.
Thank you for helping make a difference with diapers!
Keep in mind this map shows the main office locations, many organizations serve a much larger area around SE MI; visit their website or call them for more specifics.

WAYNE COUNTY

Adult Well-Being Services
Serving SE MI adults over age 18.

Ph: (313) 924-7860

 

American Indian Health and Family Services
Serving all of Southeast Michigan, the office is in Detroit.

Ph: (313) 846-6030

 

Arab-American and Chaldean Council
62 W. Seven Mile Rd.
Detroit, MI 48203

(313) 893-6172

 

Bright Beginnings / COTS
Supporting homeless families served by COTS in Detroit.

Ph: (313) 831-3777

 

Children’s Outreach, Inc.
Serving children in River Rouge, Ecorse and Southwest Detroit.

Ph: (313) 896-1642

 

Community & Home Supports, Inc.
Based in Detroit, providing services in Oakland, Macomb & Wayne Counties.

(313) 964-2566

 

Community Living Services
The Senior Services division supports seniors in Wayne, Oakland & Macomb Counties.

(734) 722-6389

 

Crossroads of Michigan
Serving Detroit and surrounding areas from 2 locations.
W.Grand Blvd Ph: (313) 831-0213

E. Jefferson Ph: (313) 822-3930

 

Downriver Community Conference
Serving the Downriver and Out-Wayne County areas.

Ph: (734) 362-7070

 

Downriver Fish and Loaves Community Food Pantry
Serving all of Downriver, located in Taylor.

Ph: (734) 442-0031

 

First Step: Project on Domestic and Sexual Violence
Serving Western and Downriver Wayne County.

24 hr. help line: (734) 722-6800

 

Hand Up Inc.
Helping under-served families in Westland, Inkster & other parts of Western Wayne County.

Ph: (313) 523-3991

 

Health Emergency Lifeline Programs (HELP)
Assisting individuals at-risk, infected, or affected by HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis C in SE MI.

Ph: (313) 832-3300

 

Helping Operations for People Empowerment (H.O.P.E.)
Serving the people and communities of Metro Detroit.

Ph: (313) 897-5503

 

Help’s on the Way
Located in Dearborn Heights, also serving Inkster, Westland, Detroit, Romulus, Taylor & Lincoln Park.

Ph: (313) 908-7104

 

Infant Mortality Program
Serving Detroit and Wayne County areas, office is in Highland Park

Ph: (313) 868-8420

 

Inkster Department of Human Services, State of Michigan
Serving the Inkster District of Wayne County.

Ph: (313) 792-7700

Matrix Human Services – The Center

Serving Northeast Detroit.

Ph: (313) 526-4000

Northeast Guidance Center – Child & Family Services

Serving all of Wayne County

Ph: (313) 245-7000

Redford Pregnancy Counseling Center

Ph: (313) 952-2147

Rising: Advocates for Young Children

Supporting Detroit families w/young children attending collaborative early care sites as well as those in the community of Brightmoor

Ph: (313) 387-8720

Sara’s House

Serving homeless & pregnant teens in Wayne & Oakland Counties.

Ph: (313) 549-6751

St. Mary Outreach Center
Serving areas in and around the city of Wayne.

Ph: (734) 326-2234

 

Society of St. Vincent de Paul – Westland (in SS Simon & Jude)
Serving parts of Western Wayne County

Ph: (734) 722-1343

 

Starfish Family Services
Serving all of Southeast Michigan with a focus on Western Wayne County, based in Inkster.

Ph: (734) 728-3400

 

The Children’s Center
Serving children from all over Wayne County.

Ph: (313) 831-5535

 

The Lennon Pregnancy Center
Serving Dearborn Heights and surrounding areas.

Ph: (313) 277-5637

 

The Salvation Army – Plymouth Corps
Serving Plymouth and its surrounding townships.

Ph: (734) 453-5464

 

The Salvation Army – Wayne-Westland Corps
Serving the cities of Wayne, Westland and surrounding cities.

Ph: (734) 722-3660

 

The Senior Alliance
Serving Western and Southern Wayne County.

Ph: (734) 722-2830

 

Warm Hearts Organization

Hosts a baby shower 2x/year for low-income moms & new moms in and around Westland.

 

Wayne Co. Dept. of Public Health/
Wayne County Babies/WIC
Serving Wayne County residents.

Ph: (734) 727-7100

 

Wayne Metro Community Action Agency
Serving all of Southeast Michigan

Ph: (734) 284-6999

 

Women In Touch
Serving Detroit, Oakland County & out-Wayne County.

(313) 737-7168

 

OAKLAND COUNTY

Active Faith Community Services
Serving the area within South Lyon School District.
Ph: (248) 437-9790
Mon, Wed, Thurs 10am-5pm

CARE House of Oakland County
A leading resource in the prevention of child abuse in Oakland County.
Ph: (248) 332-7173

Detroit Pregnancy Center
Serving the areas around Oak Park and Detroit’s west side.
Ph: (248) 399-8620

Lutheran Child & Family Service of Michigan
Serving all 7 counties in SE Michigan, main regional office is in Oak Park.
Ph: (248) 968-0100

Society of St. Vincent de Paul Shrine Conference – Royal Oak
Serving people in need in parts of Oakland County.

MACOMB COUNTY

Compassion Pregnancy Center

Serving Clinton Twp and surrounding areas.

Ph: (586) 783-9620

Macomb County Health Department – SE Office

Providing a Diaper Depot for all of Macomb County

Ph: (586) 466-6800

Mt. Calvary Family & Community Center

Food & baby pantry serving S. Macomb Co. & E. Detroit since 1978.

Ph: (586) 759-0190

New Haven Food Pantry

Serving New Haven, Lenox & Ray Township

Ph: (586) 339-0868

 

WASHTENAW COUNTY

Destiny and Purpose Community Outreach (DAPCO)
Serving Washtenaw and Wayne Counties.
Ph: (877) 832-1277 ext. 103

Hope Clinic
Serving Washtenaw and Western Wayne Counties
Ph: (734) 484-2989

Manchester Community Resource Center, Inc.
Serving areas in and around Manchester.
Ph: (734) 428-7722

Saline Area Social Service, Inc.
Serving the Saline Area School District.
Ph: (734) 429-4570

SOS Community Services – Homeless Family Services
Working to end homelessness for families in Washtenaw Co.
Ph: (734) 484-9940

MONROE COUNTY

Serving the city and county of Monroe.
Ph: (734) 243-6550
 
Serving families in need in Monroe County.
Ph: (734) 269-2752

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The Next Phase of Addressing Diaper Need in Metro Detroit

February 16, 2014
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Thank you to our friends
at the Canton Observer for this
article: Diaper Bank Founder Handing
Reins to Nonprofits and this Editorial:
Diaper Bank Founder Will Be Missed 

Sometimes the New Year really brings THE NEW.

A surprising development came up for my family this new year – we’re moving to Mexico City! While not something we saw coming, we’re excited for the opportunity.

So what does this mean for the Diaper Bank?

As soon as the word came down from my husband’s company that the Mexico move was definitely happening, I started giving thought to how the work I’ve been doing can continue, how our nonprofit partners can continue bringing in diapers for the families they work with, and how they can continue beating the drum about diaper need across Metro Detroit. One thing DADB has proven over the last almost-five years is that when the diaper issue is raised, made a focus, and explained – especially specifying that there is NO support for diapers from WIC, Food Stamps or Medicare — and then you ask the community to help, MANY respond. While “diapers” sat on nonprofit organizations’ wish lists across Metro Detroit for years and years, there hadn’t been concerted effort to tell people WHY diapers are such a big need and how they’re a chronically unmet basic need for our youngest and oldest neighbors. When informed about the issue, most people “get it” – not all, but a lot do. And the incredible support and donor base we’ve grown since 2009 is evidence of that. I have been continually blown away by the response from our community and I want to give our donors and supporters places they can go to continue giving in this unique and much-needed way after I’ve gone.

So I’ve been working with our nonprofit partners to brand and engage their own diaper pantries/banks so we can connect community organizations and donors directly to them — we’re essentially “de-centralizing” the Detroit Area Diaper Bank and moving the focus back to the nonprofits themselves. My hope is that the nonprofits can continue highlighting the need and capitalizing on the momentum DADB’s created. Just as they work to get people on their feet and independent with information, resources and support, we are providing them with all of the information and tools that have worked for us and encouraging them to take ownership over this issue, become independent and able to bring diapers in themselves, and continue educating and advocating around the community about diaper need. I have certainly learned a lot about what works and doesn’t work since DADB launched in April 2009 and I think a lot of our lessons, success and momentum can be transitioned to our partner organizations. I will continue distributing the resources we have on hand and spend down what we have in the bank to buy diapers and continue supplying our partners over the next few months while helping them get their internal efforts up and running.

An example of one of our partners working hard to get their own pantry going is Hope Clinic, based in Washtenaw County and also serving Wayne County. Hope Clinic has been an active recipient partner of the Diaper Bank for years, knows how important diapers are to its clients, and is eager to get its own pantry up and running. I’ve already been able to connect two organizations in Washtenaw County that wanted to run diaper drives for DADB with them and they’re taking over one of our diaper donation drop-off locations.

This is our vision going forward – the next phase of addressing diaper need in Metro Detroit and hopefully the legacy of the Detroit Area Diaper Bank – donors and organizations that care about diaper need connecting directly to nonprofits, and nonprofits that have set themselves up to receive and attract ongoing donations and are connecting with and being found by donors.

Many of our nonprofit partners are still in the process of working through the information I’ve supplied and seeing what they can do internally — once they are ready to “go live”, I will transition our website, which I will keep up for at least a year or two, into a locator of diaper pantries and local nonprofits that need diapers, so keep an eye out for that and I will also share links through social media, our newsletter, and email. We have stopped accepting donations, but there’s still an accessible link to our Partner page on our website that will allow donors to connect with partner nonprofits until the more specific diaper pantry info is made available.

We still have work to do over the next few months as there are still diapers to distribute and partners working to get pantries set up, so you will still hear from DADB, but the message will be more about our partner nonprofits and their efforts and needs. There are also many, many, MANY thanks I need to bestow but I can’t even begin to think about that just yet, that will have to be its own post further down the road. But I do want to say a general and very heartfelt thank you to everyone who has believed, encouraged, and supported me along the way on the journey that has been the Detroit Area Diaper Bank, it would not still be here without the generous, compassionate embrace we’ve received from our amazing community. I’m counting on everyone to continue caring, engaging, talking, or shouting, if need be, about the diaper issue and working together to continue making a difference with diapers in Metro Detroit!

Thank you.  Gracias.  Now, back to work.

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#GivingTuesday and Fall Drive Goal=obliterated

December 3, 2013
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Black Friday, Cyber Monday … after two days of shopping, a day to give back.

Today is #GivingTuesday.

Please consider a gift today and remember the Diaper Bank in your year-end giving.


We met our big Fall Diaper Drive goal, we shook its hand, and then ran right past it.


THANK YOU to ALL of our Donors and Diaper Drive Hosts and participants and Dropoff Locations. Thank you to volunteers Bruce Will, who picked up most of those diaper drives and donations at our dropoff locations, and Melva Parks, who took ALL of the open and partial packages and loose resources and got them distribution-ready.


Big, big thanks, too, to the Canton Public Library for hosting the anchor event for our Fall Drive for the 5th year in a row, it was another phenomenally successful “Stuff the Truck!” event on November 20th and 21st. A record number of diapers came in again this year, bringing the amount the Canton Library has helped collect for the Detroit Area Diaper Bank to 158,116 over the past 5 years!

 


Our deep thanks, too, to Fat Chef in a Little Coat Catering and the Hulett Family for allowing us to use their beautiful bright yellow truck to “stuff” for the 4th year in a row. And thanks to ALL of the volunteers who came out to help in the truck over the 2 days, particularly Lisa Kluka, who has helped BOTH mornings of EVERY year for the past 4 years!!

You can see pictures from this year’s Stuff the Truck event HERE.


THANK YOU to everyone who made our 5th Annual Fall Diaper Drive such a phenomenal success, it will help us help our nonprofit partners through the holidays and into the winter months. Distributions, in fact, start at the end of this week! Thank you for helping us make a difference with diapers.


THANK YOU to all of our donors and supporters for your help and support in 2013!

Happy Holidays and Happy New Year!


The Detroit Area Diaper Bank in the News

August 14, 2013
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It’s been an amazing few weeks of media exposure for the Detroit Area Diaper Bank and at the perfect time, just as we launched our 5th Annual Fall Diaper Drive! In case anyone missed any of our recent coverage, here are the highlights:

  • On July 29th, Marybeth was interviewed by Health Reporter Sean Lee for CBS Newsradio WWJ 950 regarding a study about diaper need in the journal Pediatrics. Several pieces (like this one) aired during the Jackie Paige show in the 12-1pm hour and were transcribed on their website
  • On August 5th, the Detroit News ran a front-page article about the Diaper Bank
  • On August 11th, the Canton Observer ran a front-page article about the Diaper Bank and our Fall Drive

Such fantastic exposure! We’re so grateful for all of the opportunities. And the launch of our 5th Annual Fall Diaper Drive undoubtedly benefitted, as we crossed the 10% mark of our big fall goal in the first week!

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The Detroit Area Diaper Bank Launches 5th Annual Fall Diaper Drive

August 1, 2013
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METRO DETROIT, MICH. (August 1, 2013) – The Detroit Area Diaper Bank, a nonprofit charity providing diapers for people in need across Southeast Michigan, has launched its 5th Annual Fall Diaper Drive. The goal of the drive is to collect 250,000 diapers (or the funds to buy them) by Thanksgiving 2013.

No federal assistance programs pay for or provide diapers, not WIC, SNAP (Food Stamps) or Medicare. Nonprofit organizations and state agencies working with families and individuals in crisis across Metro Detroit consistently list diapers as an ongoing and TOP need. The Diaper Bank partners with these organizations, working to give them access to an ongoing diaper supply and increasing their capacity to more fully support our neighbors in need.

An average infant can use up to 12 diapers per day, a toddler up to 8 per day. But in low-income households, a baby may be in a single diaper all day or longer, increasing the chance of health problems and putting the child at risk for abuse. Parents who can’t afford diapers can’t leave their child at daycare to go to work or school. Some children with disabilities never outgrow the need for diapers and seniors who can’t afford incontinence supplies often become home-bound or end up in a nursing home.

The Detroit Area Diaper Bank exists to address this largely unknown and chronically unmet need. The Annual Fall Diaper Drive helps drive donations into the Diaper Bank so it can fulfill more of its partner agencies’ families’ needs throughout the winter holidays and into the start of the new year, a time when donations tend to slow down.

“Our primary goal for the ‘250,000 by Thanksgiving’ Diaper Drive is, of course, to bring in resources that we can distribute to our partner agencies working with our neighbors in need. But we also hope it helps raise awareness of the diaper issue and engage the community in our mission. We are always in need of individuals, businesses, schools, community organizations and places of worship to run diaper drives and fundraisers to support the Diaper Bank, whether it’s before Thanksgiving or not,” said Marybeth Levine, Founder and Director of the Detroit Area Diaper Bank. “The diapers go out just as quickly as they come in, so we are looking for year-round partnerships and support to help us really make a difference with diapers.”

The Diaper Bank calls upon the community to engage in this effort throughout the fall and conduct a diaper drive or make a financial donation to help reach the overall 250,000 diaper goal. The drive’s anchor event, “Stuff the Truck!” at Canton Public Library, will be held November 20th & 21st from 9am to 9pm each day.

The Detroit Area Diaper Bank’s mission is to raise awareness about the large hole in the “safety net” resulting in the unmet need for diapers in our community’s most vulnerable populations — babies from low-income households, the elderly, people with disabilities — and build a network to help meet it. For more information, please visit www.detroitareadiaperbank.org.

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Mid-July Means The Detroit Area Diaper Bank Fall Drive is Close!

July 15, 2013
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As we reach the mid-point of July, summer reminders are everywhere – it’s hot, the splash parks are crowded, vacations are what we’re prepping for or recovering from, and the kids are starting to get stir crazy.

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But soon enough, “Back to School” ads will be all over the TV and radio, and that means the Detroit Area Diaper Bank‘s Annual Fall Diaper Drive will be launching!

This will be the Diaper Bank’s FIFTH Annual Fall Diaper Drive – it’s hard to believe time has flown by so fast since the first drive in 2009! The fall drive helps drive donations into the Diaper Bank so it can fulfill more partner agencies’ families’ needs and help through the holidays and start of the new year, when donations tend to slow down.

Keep an eye out for our launch announcement and details about the drive and events this fall, but it’s never too early to start planning how YOU can help make sure the Diaper Bank makes its big fall goal by Thanksgiving 2013. Can you, your family, your office/company, your community organization or place of worship run a diaper drive or fundraiser to support the Detroit Area Diaper Bank?

Please start making plans and spreading the word, the Diaper Bank can only succeed with the help of an engaged and supportive community. Our community has helped the Diaper Bank collect and distribute close to 1.7 million diapers and incontinence supplies to more than 60 nonprofits and state agencies serving our neediest neighbors across Southeast Michigan since 2009 – we need your help to continue making this very real difference with diapers across Metro Detroit!

Enjoy the rest of your summer and get excited for this year’s big Fall Drive!

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A Community-Leading Library, a Generous Community, a Grateful Charity | Canton Public Library’s “Stuff the Truck” Diaper Drive and The Detroit Area Diaper Bank

November 16, 2012
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How important is the support of The Canton Public Library to The Detroit Area Diaper Bank?

Since 2009, Diaper Drives hosted by Canton Library have brought 113,153 diapers into the Diaper Bank for distribution to our neighbors in need across Metro Detroit!

This is what these past 4 years of our diaper drive partnership with CPL has looked like:
2009 (1st drive, drop off inside the library): 17,254 diapers
2010 (1st Stuff the Truck drive): 26,312 diapers
2011 (2nd Stuff the Truck drive): 30,813 diapers
2012 (3rd Stuff the Truck drive): 38,954 diapers
The drive has grown every year, and we have SO MANY people, organizations and companies to thank, starting with, of course, the fabulous Canton Public Library.

We’ll always be beyond grateful they “found” us on Twitter just months after we launched in spring 2009 and expressed interest in hosting a diaper drive for us. We literally built our first fall drive around them in 2009, having an overall goal of collecting “30,000 by Thanksgiving” and made the Library drive the “anchor” event to the fall diaper drive. We collected more than 1/2 of the original goal during just that one day drive and smashed the 30K goal that fall by more than 20K diapers. And look at us now! Collecting more than twice that 1st library drive amount during Stuff the Truck 2012, helping us to reach toward our ambitious “200,000 by Thanksgiving” fall diaper drive goal!

We couldn’t have grown the Library drive from an in-lobby effort to the size it is now without the generous support of Fat Chef in a Little Coat Catering Service, a fantastic Canton-based company owned by the Hulett Family who selflessly give up use of their bright yellow truck for two days so we can park it in front of Canton Library and “stuff” it full of diapers. Not only do the Huletts drive the truck over to our storage space at the end of night 2 and help us unload, Mom Cathy Hulett brought us THE most delicious meat-lovers pizza to keep us fueled up through the final few hours at the truck last night! You have to check out the amazing food they offer at their new storefront in Cherry Hill Village!

Owner Dave Hulett (R) (along with his brother & co-owner Steve) and Mom Cathy Hulett (L) provide the truck for us to “stuff” AND help unload it!

We are always thankful to our ace volunteers Bruce Will, Melva Parks and Jessica Roland, who work continuously and tirelessly to support the Diaper Bank throughout the year, but stepped it up even more the last two days. Shout-out to Melva’s granddaughter Kendall, who has a big future in diaper-package sealing, counting and stuffing!

Thank you for helping unload the truck at the end of Day 2! From L-R: Courtney Campbell, Eric Will, Geri Will, Jessica Roland, Bruce Will, Dave Hulett, Cathy Hulett

And our great in-truck volunteers this year: Lisa Kluka (3rd year in the truck!), Marybeth Miller, St. Mary Girl Scouts from Wayne (and Bridget Jarvis and other parents!) and Girl Scouts from Troop 640 in Canton, Laura Dyas, Darius Daneshyar, Carlye Petro, Ed Weidenbach. Lisa, Marybeth M., and Jessica came for chunks of time on BOTH days — we’re so grateful for ALL of the volunteers, not only do many hands make light work, but everyone was great company and made the time fly by.

Girl Scouts from St. Mary in Wayne and Troop 640 in Canton (and someone’s brother!) helped us in the truck

Most of all, our deepest, most sincere thanks to all of the DONORS. The generosity of our community never ceases to amaze me. We received some very large donations from companies like J&B Medical Supply and organizations like The Livonia Senior Center. We also received some huge diaper collections from diaper drives like the one at The Funky Frog Children’s Resale Boutique in Rochester and church groups and community organizations, some of whom we didn’t even realize had been collecting for us. We also received some very generous financial donations, which will help us purchase additional diapers.

J&B Medical Supply, based in Wixom, brought us a huge donation to help us Stuff the Truck!

The large donations definitely had an impact on how quickly the truck was “stuffed”, but I will personally never get over the number of times a car would pull up in the loop in front of the Library and stop just to have someone walk a pack of diapers over to us, get back in their car and drive off. It happened over and over and over throughout the two days, and it was just the most amazing, heartwarming thing to see.

We loved meeting and thanking and talking with our neighbors, seeing so many people from so many places around the region, coming to donate diapers for those in need.

L-R: Judge Mark Slavens, State Representative Dian Slavens, Diaper Bank Founder Marybeth Levine, Canton Library Director Eva Davis

Many people said they donated last year and looked for the drive again this year, many people just heard of it for the first time this year but already pledged to help again next year. We’ll still be picking up diapers from some donors throughout the next week – some couldn’t get the diapers to us during the two days, some could only fit part of what they have to donate in their car. Diapers continue to be dropped off at the Library today and probably will throughout the next couple weeks.

The final count of donated diapers at 9 pm last night was 38,954!

THANK YOU, DONORS.
THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

You can see the truck was STUFFED toward the end of Day 2!

And a quick, final thank you to Mother Nature, who finally came through with a couple of very nice days for us. After having 4 of the coldest November days over the last two years, including having sleet blow in on us IN the truck last year, two sunny days in the mid-to-high 40s made a very fun event all the more pleasant. So thanks for not having fun at our expense, this year, Ma Nature!

Thank you, EVERYBODY, for another fantastic, record-breaking Stuff the Truck Diaper Drive at Canton Library!
See you next year!!


Detroit Area Diaper Bank in running for Art Van Charity Challenge

May 18, 2012
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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
CONTACT:  Marybeth Levine
(313) 485-8314, malevine@detroitareadiaperbank.org

                                    
The Detroit Area Diaper Bank is in the running for grants up to $50,000 i
n the Art Van Charity Challenge

Your vote will decide the winner in the 4th annual Million Dollar Charity Challenge campaign

CANTON, MI – May 17, 2012: The Detroit Area Diaper Bank is asking for your support – not in dollars, but in votes! Beginning Friday, May 18 and running for two weeks, the community is invited to vote for their favorite Art Van Million Dollar Charity Challenge organization from among 150 Michigan based charities. The top three charities with the most votes will win grants of $25,000, $15,000 or $10,000.

To cast a vote, supporters can visit http://www.artvancharitychallenge.com. Supporters may only cast ONE vote throughout the contest. Art Van Furniture will announce the winners on Friday, June 1, 2012.

The Detroit Area Diaper Bank NEEDS YOUR HELP to secure these critical funds! In its first three years, the Diaper Bank has provided nearly 1.3 million diapers and incontinence supplies to more than 60 nonprofit and state agencies serving our neediest neighbors across Southeast Michigan. But the need continues and resources become more scarce during the summer when diaper drives and donations tend to slow down. Please cast your vote for The Diaper Bank and help continue to make a difference with diapers — 100% of funds will be used to purchase diapers and incontinence supplies.

The Art Van Million Dollar Charity Challenge is an innovative program presented by Art Van Furniture that awards challenge grants from $5,000 to $50,000 to support Michigan-based nonprofit organizations that focus on children, health and human services programs. Within the last three years, 150 Michigan charities have been awarded a total of $3 million dollars. Through the challenge component, $10 million has been raised since the program began in 2009.  For a complete list of Art Van Million Dollar Charities visit artvancharitychallenge.com.

About Art Van Furniture

Art Van Furniture is Michigan’s largest furniture retailer and America’s largest independent furniture retailer. The company operates 34 stores in Michigan, a full service e-commerce website, plus six freestanding Art Van PureSleep bedding stores in Canton, Troy, Rochester Hills, Brighton, Ann Arbor and New Hudson, Michigan. Founded in 1959, the company is family-owned and headquartered in Warren, Mich. Check out artvan.com for more information.

About The Detroit Area Diaper Bank

The Detroit Area Diaper Bank is a 501c3 nonprofit charity founded in April 2009 to address the unmet need for diapers among the most vulnerable in Metro Detroit – babies from low-income households, people with disabilities and the elderly with incontinence issues. There is no assistance for diapers, they are not paid for or provided by WIC, Food Stamps or Medicare. The Diaper Bank works to address this large “hole” in the safety net and enable our partner nonprofit agencies to provide more whole solutions for our neighbors in need. Check out detroitareadiaperbank.org for more information.

  


The Detroit Area Diaper Bank welcomes Bruce Will into a more formal capacity

January 27, 2012
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Many of you have heard me give shout-outs to Bruce Will over the last 2 1/2 years, he was one of the first people who noticed, “got” and dedicated himself to supporting our community Diaper Bank and he’s been THE go-to guy for me since the summer of ’09.

Bruce not only helped secure this donation of 27,000 diapers for the Diaper Bank, he also rented a moving truck himself, picked up and delivered them! Talk about above and beyond!

A quick re-cap of his story: my husband Steve took our three boys to 7-11 one day in June 2009, just two months after we’d launched. He drove our family full-size conversion van, which I’d adorned with huge Diaper Bank side-door magnets and bumper stickers. Bruce saw the van in the parking lot and asked (like most do), “what’s a diaper bank?”

Bruce is a Ford retiree who, instead of filling his time with golf or other recreational activities, has been involved with and looked for volunteering opportunities. When we met, he’d been a dedicated volunteer with a large charity and spent every Wednesday helping them downtown for the past 8 years.

When Steve described the Diaper Bank, Bruce had the lightbulb moment – the same one I had back in Tucson, Arizona, almost 12 years ago when I first learned about diaper need and what a Diaper Bank is. He told Steve he’d love to help and gave him his number to pass on to me. When I heard the story, I was touched by his reaction but honestly didn’t know how I could involve him, we were still so young and just getting started.

Just a few days later, I found myself in a “double-booked” situation — I was supposed to drop diapers off somewhere in Oakland County at the same time I was due to pick up some diapers downtown. I remembered that Bruce said that he went to Detroit on Wednesdays, so I called and asked if he’d be able to help me with the pick-up. He said he’d be happy to, he seemed to love it, and everyone he was in contact with loved him too.

And a beautiful friendship was born – Bruce has done so much to help over the last few years, from picking up and dropping off donations, to securing a huge donation of diapers for us during our 2nd fall diaper drive, to helping lug and move and re-move diapers, to storing diapers and collection bins for us in his own garage, … I really don’t know how we would have done what we’ve been able to do the last 2.5 years without him.

The Diaper Bank’s growing quickly, Bruce’s commitment remains strong, thankfully, and he’s recently been able to dedicate even more time to us, which is beyond fantastic. So I’m thrilled to now introduce Bruce in a more formal capacity with the Detroit Area Diaper Bank, he has taken on the role of Diaper Collection Coordinator (“The Pick-Up Artist” was a title in contention at one point, but we feared it might be construed the wrong way…), and he will now take on all front-line communication and coordination for any donation pickups that need to be made across Metro Detroit. He will also be the point of contact for our donation dropoff locations and make it possible to grow the number of dropoff locations we have available.

We also want to build a network of volunteers that Bruce will be able to call upon and coordinate with as pick-up requests overlap or are in locations that are not convenient to where Bruce may be at a particular place or time. So we’ve started a Google Group to create an email list that Bruce and I can post to when various volunteer opportunities crop up (not limited to just donation pickups, we will also turn to the email list first when we need volunteers for events or if we need spot-help with things like sorting and re-packaging loose diapers, etc.).

If you’d like to join the Google Group to receive volunteer opportunities by email from me and/or Bruce, please visit the group page to subscribe:

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Thank you
, Bruce, for taking the lead on what is a major piece of our Diaper Bank puzzle – it will relieve so much off my plate in terms of where I need to split my time, and our donors, our partner agencies, and interested volunteers will all be served better for it.

Please join me in thanking and welcoming The Detroit Area Diaper Bank’s new Diaper Collection Coordinator, Bruce Will!


Never mind ‘teaching the children well’ – let’s take a lesson from the youth!

January 24, 2012
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The picture below is of Lake Orion High School‘s Key Club (and their adviser, Jennifer Ries, on the left), an amazing group of young people who thought up, planned and executed a fun and unique fundraiser, Dimes for Diapers, and we’re happy to say, have benefitted The Detroit Area Diaper Bank for the last 2 years.

Faculty and club members submitted baby pictures of themselves, and Key Club members set up a voting table for a week – votes were cast as dimes in jars for who the voters wanted named the ‘cutest baby’. They also had the foresight to plan the voting for the week of Parent-Teacher conferences and made sure the tables were manned, getting parents involved in the voting and donating as well.

So in ONE week, the Key Club collected $436.17 for the Detroit Area Diaper Bank – AND a cart full of diapers! Incredible! Such a great, fun idea, and obviously, one that the school and community connected with and supported. We’re thinking that next year, we’ll come up with some kind of prize the person that gets the highest votes will receive — up the stakes a bit. Jennifer, the adviser, said Key Clubs at other schools have asked about their fundraising project and taken note of how successful they’ve been with Dimes for Diapers.

This kind of idea could easily be replicated in schools everywhere, across all ages. The next time your organization or school group is considering a fundraiser, mention the great work of these young, service-oriented people at Lake Orion High School – we can all take a note from them!

We’re so grateful to everyone involved with the fundraising drive this year, and we can’t wait for the Key Club’s 3rd Annual Dimes for Diapers Drive at Lake Orion High School next year!


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The Detroit Area Diaper Bank was a 501c3 charity that provided diapers to nonprofit organizations in Southeast Michigan from 2009-2014. No federal assistance programs pay for or provide diapers, not WIC, Food Stamps or Medicare. Diapers are a huge hole in the "safety net" for our youngest and oldest neighbors in need. Please continue to donate and make a difference with diapers in Metro Detroit!

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