New Haven, CT (PRWEB) August 16, 2012
The National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) has announced the inaugural Diaper Need Awareness Week, taking place September 10 – 17, 2012. With one in every three families struggling to buy diapers, the week aims to increase awareness to the diaper need epidemic in the United States. The awareness week will consist of diaper need-focused activities across the country, with featured events taking place in Washington, D.C.
Diaper need is a considerable issue facing families today that goes largely unrecognized. There are currently 5.7 million infants and toddlers living in low income families, many of whom struggle to provide a necessary supply of diapers.
“Millions of families struggle every single day to provide an adequate supply of diapers for their children and that is unacceptable,” said Joanne Goldblum, Founder and Executive Director of the National Diaper Bank Network. “The purpose of Diaper Need Awareness week is to recognize that there are people in the United States that struggle to provide clean, dry diapers for their children. Diaper banks are able to make a difference in helping people obtain the diapers they need, but there is a lot of work to be done.”
The featured Diaper Need Awareness Week events in Washington, D.C. will include a diaper bank conference on Monday September 10th and a panel discussion on Tuesday September 11th. The conference will gather diaper bank leaders from around the country to discuss best practices and important issues facing diaper banks. The panel discussion will feature policy experts discussing diaper need and its implications for health, economic opportunity and emotional well-being, as well as the larger societal effects. A full list of events during the week can be found at the NDBN website.
Diaper banks help to address diaper need by collecting, storing and distributing free diapers to families suffering from financial difficulty. They obtain diapers through local diaper drives, in-kind donations by manufacturers and retailers, and by purchasing diapers directly through donated funds. The National Diaper Bank Network supports diaper banks through raising awareness of diaper need, providing technical assistance, and distributing diapers and funding for diaper banks to supply families in need.
The general public can get involved in Diaper Need Awareness Week in the following ways:
- Donate to a Diaper Bank – As nonprofit organizations, diaper banks rely on the generosity of financial and diaper donations to accomplish their critical mission. The National Diaper Bank Network lists diaper banks across the country on their website.
- Tweet About #DiaperNeed – Twitter users are encouraged to use the hashtag #DiaperNeed and follow the National Diaper Bank Network on Twitter – @DiaperNetwork.
- Hold a Diaper Drive – Make an impact in your community by holding a diaper drive to benefit a local diaper bank or agency. The NDBN offers a guide on their website on how to hold a diaper drive.
- Sponsor a Fundraising Event – Fundraising events are a great way to build financial support and awareness for your local diaper bank, as well as the National Diaper Bank Network.
- Donate to the National Diaper Bank Network – Every dollar makes a difference in providing babies with a sufficient supply of diapers to stay clean, dry and healthy.
“We hope this inaugural Diaper Need Awareness Week will help drive knowledge of diaper need and inspire others to get involved with this growing challenge,” Goldblum continued. “Small things, like diapers, can affect much bigger things for families struggling with poverty and help them on the road to self-sufficiency.”
To learn more about Diaper Need Awareness Week and the National Diaper Bank Network, please visit http://www.diaperbanknetwork.org.
About the National Diaper Bank Network
The National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) is a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that every child in the United States has an adequate supply of diapers to remain clean, dry and healthy. Its mission is to raise awareness of diaper need and to build the capacity of diaper banks throughout the country by creating a national network of community partners. Since its inception in November 2011, the NDBN has provided more than 18 million diapers to families in need across the country and has developed a network that includes diaper banks and diaper pantries in more than 30 states. For more information please visit http://www.diaperbanknetwork.org.