With Rising Demand, UWYC & Family Promise to Collect 50,000 Diapers for Yellowstone Co.
April 10, 2023
from United Way of Yellowstone County Media Release
For the fourth year, United Way of Yellowstone County (UWYC) and Family Promise are partnering to host a Community Diaper Drive which benefits the Community Diaper Bank. This year, the goal is to bring in (at least) 50,000 diapers by the April 20, 2023 collection day.
About the Community Diaper Bank
Housed by Family Promise, the Community Diaper Bank is a resource for families in Yellowstone County that provides diaper assistance for families in need. In the last six months, the need for diapers has increased from 226 families to 497 families every month. With the decrease or elimination of government assistance programs, like the MERA program and SNAP benefits, the Community Diaper Bank is expecting to see diaper needs triple in the next year. With the average monthly cost of diapers ranging from $100-$200, many families are having to make impossible financial decisions. Imagine having to choose between providing diapers for your child or paying your electric bill or putting gas in your car. The Community Diaper Bank aims to lessen that burden on families by providing assistance with diapers, wipes, formula, and other needed supplies as they are available.
- Community Diaper Bank hours: Tuesdays from 3:30-5:30 p.m.
- Located at: 10 South 26th Street
United Way is dedicated to promoting the health of the community. Research shows that babies who remain in soiled diapers for extended periods of time are subject to health risks. Not only is it a health concern, but the need for diapers can put families in financial crisis. UWYC aims to keep families out of crisis, making their connection to Family Promise and the Community Diaper Bank is an essential resource for families in Yellowstone County. UWYC’s continued partnership with Family Promise allows them to ensure the youngest community members have access to products that will give them the best and healthiest start to life.
The Community Diaper Drive will be held on April 20th from 11:30 a.m.-3:30 p.m. at the United Way office, 2173 Overland Avenue. The goal is set at 50,000 diapers. Last year, thanks to the generosity of the community, the Community Diaper Drive brought in 60,000 diapers and nearly 40,000 wipes. Individuals and organizations are encouraged to host their own diaper drive and drop off their collections during the event. Diapers of all sizes, wipes, and monetary donations will be accepted. The Community Diaper Bank is able to purchase three diapers for the cost of one, making monetary donations just as valued as physical donations. For more information contact Chrissy Brese at United Way, 406-272-8511 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
AT A GLANCE
- April 20, 11:30 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. | Drop donations at United Way office (2173 Overland Avenue)
- Diapers of all sizes, wipes, and monetary donations accepted and appreciated