HappyBottoms

More Than Diapers

Kansas City, MO   |  http://happybottoms.org

Mission

HappyBottoms' mission is to collaborate with community partners to empower, connect, and impact low-income families by alleviating diaper need in the Kansas City community. Census and Kids Count data show over 22,000 children in the six-county Kansas City Metro area need diaper assistance. With rising unemployment due to the COVID-19 pandemic, diaper need is rising, and no government safety net programs (SNAP, WIC, Medicaid) provide coverage for this basic, critical need. Monthly diaper expense per child can exceed $100, particularly for families in the urban core without access to big box or warehouse stores. 

Ruling year info

2010

Principal Officer

Ms. Jill Gaikowski

Main address

303 W. 79th Street

Kansas City, MO 64114 USA

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EIN

27-2423540

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

Emergency Assistance (Food, Clothing, Cash) (P60)

Family Services (P40)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Approximately 22,000 Kansas City children are living under 150% of Federal Poverty Level and need diaper assistance. No government safety net programs cover diapers, and monthly diaper expense can approach $125 per month per child, especially for urban core families without access to warehouse or big box stores. National unemployment is at historic highs as a result of COVID-19, and even a conservative estimate of 6% unemployment would result in an additional 1,600 local children with diaper need. Low income families cut back on other critical household expenses to buy diapers. Parents reuse diapers or delay changing, resulting in skin and urinary tract infections. 57% of parents with diaper need missed school or work because they could not provide diapers to their childcare provider. Nearly 30% of low income mothers report they cannot afford enough diapers to change their babies as frequently as needed and that diaper need is even more stressful than food insecurity.

Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Ongoing Monthly Diaper Distribution

HappyBottoms' provides eligible children (household income less than 150% of FPL) with 50 diapers or 30 training pants per month through one of our 50 distribution sites. Participants can receive diapers for the earlier of three years or until age four, and training pants for up to six months.   Parents also receive an educational brochure with healthy diapering and stress management techniques.  
Partner agencies enter client data and monthly order and distribution data into our online portal. Most recent program data showed, 36% of participants were African American, 23% were White, 18% were Hispanic, 5% were Asian, and 11% were multi-racial.  Economic indicators showed 39% of parents worked; 44% of parents received Medicaid while 10% were uninsured; 43% of families received SNAP and 52% WIC.  70% of enrolled children received Medicaid.  48% of children served were female/52% male.

Population(s) Served

Created in 2014 to distribute an oversupply of Size 1 diapers, the  Bundles of Joy program provides a one-time distribution of 75 diapers, educational brochures, and information about our ongoing monthly program to low-income parents who have just given birth at one of our five partner hospitals.  Realizing Bundles of Joy was a gateway for families to our ongoing distribution program, we made it a permanent part of HappyBottoms' programming in January 2016.

Population(s) Served

HappyBottoms' introduced Potty Training Education with a Pilot Project launched in Fall 2017.  A partnership with Hickman Mills Parents as Teachers and Junior League of Kansas City Missouri, the pilot provided a curriculum-based parent training program and a potty training kit to 97 parents.  Pilot participants were selected based on age of child and readiness screening.  Results were evaluated with post-surveys.  We are expanding the program to 500 additional families in 2019.

Population(s) Served

Where we work

Awards

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Average number of service recipients per month

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Ongoing Monthly Diaper Distribution

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Average number of children served per month.

Number of Diapers Distrbuted

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Number of diapers distributed per year.

Number of social service agencies diapers are distributed through

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Related Program

Ongoing Monthly Diaper Distribution

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Number of unique children served per year

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

No target populations selected

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Unique number of children served per year

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

HappyBottoms provides one-time or monthly diaper distributions to low-income children in the six-county Kansas City Metro area, along with potty training screening and education to families.

Our 42 agency partners at 52 locations distribute a monthly supply of 50 diapers or 30 pull-ups for the earlier of 3 years of service or until the child’s fourth birthday in our ongoing distribution program. Bundles of Joy works with four hospital partners to make a one-time distribution of 75 size Newborn or Size 1 diapers to new babies when they are discharged from the hospital, along with information about our ongoing program.

We developed a Potty Training Education program in 2017 to help families close out the cycle of diaper need and eliminate diaper expense. A pediatric nurse practitioner and Parents as Teachers parent educators helped develop the screening tool and video curriculum. Participants also receive a potty training kit, which includes an information booklet, potty seat, step stool, child’s board book, and sticker chart.

Research shows providing diapers helps to alleviate poverty and improve health and well-being for children and their families. We collaborate with agencies that provide wraparound emergency assistance, healthcare, education, child care and/or case management services because we recognize that low-income families face many challenges in addition to diaper need. Using a partner agency model provides access to other services that will help ease the effects of poverty and promote self-sufficiency.

In addition to the 22,000 or more children who needed diapers prior to the spread of COVID-19, we need to consider new families with diaper-age children who have lost their jobs, or those who continue to work essential, but low-wage service and healthcare jobs without access to child care or paid sick leave.

Goals for 2020:
Improve economic outcomes for Kansas City area families who need diapers by reducing expenses and strengthening their financial safety net. Target: 3,800 average monthly children served in ongoing agency distribution program.
Provide diapers to families and children newly affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Target: 1,600 additional monthly children served.
Reach low-income newborns immediately after birth with Bundles of Joy program. Target: 300 average monthly children receive diapers and information about ongoing distribution.
Promote safe and age-appropriate potty training to 500 families to close out the cycle of diaper need and eliminate diaper expense.

Last year, we used 675 average monthly volunteer hours to repackage diapers, fill orders, and deliver diapers to our partners. With the advent of COVID-19 and resulting uncertainty of long-term control of virus spread and predictions of a recurrence, we have suspended our volunteer program indefinitely and do not anticipate being able to fully use volunteers again before 2021. Since early March, HappyBottoms has worked to redesign processes and service delivery in response to COVID-19, allowing us to address the diaper needs of our original client base, new needs resulting from C19, and suspension of our warehouse volunteer program due to virus transmission risk.

As of now, nearly all HappyBottoms' partners continue to distribute diapers to current clients using precautions. One larger partner site has temporarily closed, so we implemented mobile, no-contact distribution in March and will continue to do so until the site reopens, and we will to continue implementing this service as needed to prevent service disruption during shutdowns.

We are reaching new families affected by COVID-19 with a two-pronged approach: direct diaper distribution at our warehouse and implementation of new processes to increase service capacity at existing partner agencies. Participants in our drive-through, no-contact warehouse distributions pre-enroll online and receive a two month distribution per child to increase overall service capacity and limit contact. In addition, new families who choose to get diapers at a partner agency with capacity will also pre-enroll online. HappyBottoms staff
will enter client data and assign the family to the designated agency to ease partner administrative load, increase service capacity, and reduce contact and risk.

Pre-COVID-19, HappyBottoms diapers were repackaged by volunteers in 25 packs to ease distribution and tracking, but we have suspended our volunteer program because of virus transmission risk. Staff now distributes diapers in the irregular quantities of original manufacturer’s packaging, which prevents the need for repackaging, but makes purchase planning, logistics, and distribution tracking much more difficult. One of our suppliers provides machine-wrapped diapers in 25-packs, and pending size availability and cost, we will use this option so staff can plan more accurately, fill orders more efficiently, and distribute consistent quantities.

Continuing our mission in light of COVID-19 will be challenging, but we have skilled staff in place to ensure that we continue services to current clients and expand to families with new need because of the pandemic.

We have redesigned our service model and processes in response to COVID-19, and we have begun program expansion with our first direct distribution event. We will do direct distribution 2-4 times per month depending on demand, and we will support our partner agencies in their efforts to increase capacity and serve more children.

Financials

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HappyBottoms

Board of directors
as of 7/28/2020
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Mr. Jon Carpenter

Allergan

Term: 2019 - 2022

Seth Chaikin

Grant Thornton

Sylvia Haverty

Community Volunteer

Carrie Stewart

Commerce Trust

John DeHardt

Kessinger Hunter

Shari Nelson

Hallmark Cards

Lisa Avery

Priority Care Pediatrics

Jon Carpenter

Allergan

Janet Rhone

Truman Medical Center

Bob Parker

TPP, Inc.

Lon Lowenstein

Lowenstein Financial Solutions

Evan Malcolm

Grant Thornton

Mark Ungashick

Community Volunteer

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 09/05/2019

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not Transgender (Cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

 

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Sexual orientation

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Disability

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