Diaper Need Awareness Week Kicks Off

Diaper Need Awareness Week Kicks Off

SWEETWATER COUNTY — United Way of Southwest Wyoming Community Diaper Bank kicks off Diaper Need Awareness Week with Proclamations signed by Green River Mayor, Pete Rust, Rock Springs Mayor, Carl Demshar as well as Governor Matt Mead.

“Diaper Need Awareness recognizes that diapers are as essential to a baby’s healthy development as a parents love. Keeping our babies clean, dry and healthy is key to building a solid foundation for all children to reach their full potential,” stated Shelley Richno, Community Impact Coordinator, United Way. “What if you couldn’t afford diapers?” The Diaper Bank removes one more obstacle that many families have to overcome. Diapers matter! For a family in need, diaper banks may be the only resource available. ”

United Way of Southwest Wyoming Community Diaper Bank helps address diaper need by collecting and storing diapers for their community partners to distribute to families experiencing financial hardship. While they range in size and scope, diaper banks obtain diapers through local diaper drives, in-kind donations by manufacturers and retailers, and by bulk purchase of diapers directly with donated funds.

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In Wyoming, 16% of children under age 18 are infants and toddlers and 36% of Wyoming children live in low-income families. Most working parents rely on child care and most child care facilities require parents to provide disposable diapers for their child. Without child care, parents can’t work or attend school. A parent using cloth diapers cannot wash those diapers at the local laundry mats.

Research shows that 1 in 3 low-income families don’t have the diapers they need to keep babies clean and healthy. Government assistance programs do not provide funding for diapers, a basic necessity for babies. An average monthly supply of diapers costs approximately $80. According to the National Center for Children in Poverty, there are currently 5.3 million infants and toddlers living in low-income families.

Getting Involved

Individuals and organizations can get involved in Diaper Need Awareness Week in the following ways:
Donate to a Diaper Bank – United Way of Southwest Wyoming Community Diaper Bank. Drop off boxes are in the following locations; Green River – Chamber of Commerce, Sweetwater County Library and Golden Hours Senior Center. Rock Springs – Chamber of Commerce, White Mountain and Rock Springs Libraries, Young at Heart Senior Center, RSNB Bank branch locations, The Preserve at Rock Springs, and the United Way Office.

Use #DIAPERNEED or in Social Media – Twitter, Facebook, Instagram and other social platforms – share your experiences, and raise online awareness of diaper need by using the hashtag #DIAPERNEED.

Host a Diaper Drive – hold a diaper drive to benefit our local community.

If you need help in starting a drive contact the United Way Office.
Last year 40,103 diapers were distributed in Sweetwater County. Help us continue to close that gap.

For information, contact Shelley at United Way 307-362-5003.

Diaper Need Awareness Week began with a Proclamation from the City of Green River. Left to right – Councilmen: Ted Barney, Mark Peterson, Allan Wilson, Mayor Pete Rust, Shelley Richno, United Way of Southwest Wyoming Community Impact Coordinator, Lisa Maes and Gary Killpack.