Diaper Bank of the Ozarks
Springfield, Missouri | http://www.diaperbankoftheozarks.org
Mission Statement: Keeping babies healthy and happy by distributing diapers to partner agencies serving families in need throughout the Ozarks.
Vision Statement: As advocates for healthy babies, we strive to eliminate diaper poverty with regional collaboration throughout the Ozarks while raising awareness about the impact of diaper insecurity.
The Diaper Bank of the Ozarks (DBO) is mission focused and, since opening in late 2012, has distributed over 5.5 million diapers. Our programs will distribute over 1.2 million diapers during 2021 through Partner Agencies.
1 in 3 families with young children struggle to afford diapers for their babies. About 48% of parents increase the time between diaper changes to stretch their limited resources, but this can lead to serious health problems for both babies and parents. Babies may need hospitalization from severe urinary tract or staph infections. For Parents depression and financial stress are increased. Sadly, this can result in situations of child abuse. Receiving a supplemental monthly supply of diapers allows the family to purchase other basic needs such as food and clothing or paying the rent.
"Diaper Need" is not only experienced by families in generational poverty. It is seen with single parents (both moms and dads), grandparents raising grandchildren on a fixed income, foster families, families facing a sudden large expense (often medical), unexpected unemployment and chronic underemployment.
Regional Disposable Diaper Distribution.
The Diaper Bank of the Ozarks partners with over 40 agencies serving children in Greene County and 60 additional counties across the Ozarks, providing their diaper needs. In many cases this eliminates a budget line item, allowing them to purchase other much needed items. Agencies in Greene County include Crosslines, Harmony House, Lifehouse Crisis Maternity Home, Doula Foundation, and Pregnancy Care Center.
Diapers for Daycare Program.
Daycare providers require an adequate supply of diapers each day to allow a child to attend their childcare facility. For many families, this is not an easy task. DBO stands beside the parents by providing diapers to the Daycare so that babies may remain in their care. If childcare is lost by the parent, they will no longer be able to work or attend job training and they suffer further from the loss of income.
Cloth Diaper Loan Program.
The Diaper Bank of the Ozarks provides education about the care and use of cloth diapers before distributing a cloth diaper kit. Follow up mentoring is offered while the family is using cloth diapers.