Southwest Wyoming Community Diaper Bank Receives National Grant

Southwest Wyoming Community Diaper Bank Receives National Grant

John Bunning Transfer employees Ray Frey and Aaron Ritchison load diapers purchased from Smith’s with donor donations to be distributed through the Food Bank of Sweetwater County.

SWEETWATER COUNTY — The Southwest Wyoming Community Diaper Bank, the community-based not-for-profit organization that distributes diapers to babies living in low-wage families in the Rock Springs and Green River area, has been selected as one of 29 national recipients of the inaugural Funds for Change grant awarded by the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN).

“NDBN’s Funds for Change grants help diaper banks reach more families by investing in organizations that we recognize as growing community assets and strengthening that investment with technical support for nonprofit organizations through our national network,” said Susan Van Ness, director of programs at National Diaper Bank Network.

NDBN is very pleased to present The United Way of Southwest Wyoming with a $2,500 grant to further its effort to help families in Sweetwater County.” – National Diaper Bank Network Director of Programs Susan Van Ness

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According to Shelley Richno, Community Impact Coordinator, United Way of Southwest Wyoming, the grant will be used to increase diaper need awareness which will, in turn, lead to increased diaper donations. “We live in a community that believes in helping our neighbor. With the increasing need of diapers in Sweetwater County, we will fill this gap with the help of our community.”

In total, NDBN awarded more than $100,000 in grant funding to member diaper banks operating in 21 states. However, the net impact of the Funds for Change exceeds $200,000, as each NDBN grant is matched dollar-for-dollar at the local level. The 29 grants awarded ranged in size from $500 to $10,000 and went to both newly formed and established diaper banks, located in communities throughout the country.

“Since its first diaper distribution in May 2013, Southwest Wyoming Community Diaper Bank has helped provide more than 71,250 diapers to some 1,973 families living in Sweetwater County. In 2015 alone, 40,103 diapers have been distributed to 1,333 families which shows the growth since it started”, stated Richno. Diapers are distributed locally through the Sweetwater County Food Bank on their distribution days in both Green River and Rock Springs. If you are interested in hosting a diaper drive or have diapers you would like to donate, you can contact Shelley Richno at 362-5003 or diapers can be dropped off at the United Way offices located at 404 N St., Ste #301 here in Rock Springs.