In the summer of 2014 a strategic planning session was held at INWB. It was clear, after reviewing the number of agencies/programs on the waiting list to distribute diapers, that INWB must increase its capacity if we were to approach meeting the need for diaper support in the community. With an all volunteer staff stretched to the limit with sorting donations and filling requests it was clear that INWB needed a focus effort to increase capacity. To accomplish that was going to require funding support. We applied for a grant from Women Helping Women Fund (WHWF), participated in an extensive site visit and recently learned that we had been approved for a grant to be distributed after the annual luncheon on May 18, 2015. We invite supporters to join us at the luncheon. Please RSVP to Anita at AnitaS@inlandnwbaby.org or by calling the office at 509.499.0670. To learn more about WHWF
Recently, Dave S., a social worker took a moment to share with us the impact that Inland NW Baby has on the families it serves. He described a young family just getting back on their feet. When he delivered the bags of clothes and diapers to them, the mother was overjoyed. He said that when she opened the bag and saw clean, freshly laundered clothing in good condition she started to cry. He told us, "There is no other organization that does what you do. You make it possible for us to offer tangible help to families, especially those in outlying rural areas. Every single family is grateful and appreciates the help."
Our shelves are especially low right now. Winter is when we receive the most requests, and the month of December is especially high as families struggle with the additional financial costs of heating and the holidays. Boys clothes in sizes 2T through size 6 and diapers in sizes 4, 5, and 6 are the priority need right now. Here is an interview with one of our volunteers, Mirna R. on Krem 2 News from December 8, 2014. See the interview here
Inland NW Baby was incorporated in April 2010 and began distributing in September 2010. In 2014 we diapered and clothed 929 children through 24 different agencies and programs. Here are some milestones:
1) Collected and distributed over 200,000 diapers.
2) Filled nearly 7,000 requests for diapers, clothing and equipment for children throughout Spokane, Stevens and Grant counties.
3) Built relationships with 33 different agencies in Spokane, Stevens, and Grant counties for distribution to families.
4) Welcomed volunteers of all abilities and as young as 5 years old.
5) Washed/Mended over 5,000 lbs. of clothing that might have otherwise ended up in the landfill or rag bin.
6) Developed and presented the 2014 Sugar Rush Spokane - a 5K/10K with over 500 participants.
7) Conducted Stuff The Bus 2014 Community Diaper Drive which gathered 100,000 diapers. Thank you to Walgreens, Trading Company and Albertsons, our retail partners.