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Share Our Spare

CHICAGO, IL   |  www.shareourspare.org

Mission

Share Our Spare seeks to disrupt cycles of generational poverty by collecting new and gently used essentials for children ages 0-5 including diapers, wipes, baby care items, baby gear, clothing, books and toys. We then redistribute these items across Chicago and the surrounding counties through a network of over 30 agency partnerships, reaching over 6,000 children each year. We help turn your extras into the EXTRAordinary!

Ruling year info

2012

Executive Director

Anna Assenmacher

Main address

935 W CHESTNUT LL13

CHICAGO, IL 60642 USA

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EIN

45-2773364

NTEE code info

Children's and Youth Services (P30)

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Communication

Programs and results

What we aim to solve

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Share Our Spare is dedicated to addressing the challenges facing our city, particularly those unmet needs of struggling Chicago families. At Share Our Spare we believe all children are our children, which guides everything we do as we seek to create new models in tandem with new ways of thinking and working to make the world a better place. We are fierce advocates and defenders of children, guided by a shared sense of humanity, a deep responsibility to care for all children, and a relentless passion for improving the lives of children living in poverty. The Chicago metro-area is the third-largest in the country with a population of 9.9M people, more than 1.3M living below the federal poverty line. We know the numbers are striking and deserve our energy, passion, and commitment to help.

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?

Essential Needs Program

Share Our Spare (SOS) is committed to breaking the cycle of poverty by ensuring every child in Chicago has the essentials they need to thrive in the first five years of life. We do this by collecting and distributing new and gently used baby items to families in need through a sustainable network of over 3,000 volunteers and 79 social service agencies. SOS is seeking support to bolster its programming and outreach efforts to serve more impoverished Chicago families.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Families

Share Our Spare relies on a community of volunteers to provide and collect donations, organize drives and volunteer events, sort/organize inventory at the Sharehouse, and support our overall fundraising efforts. The Volunteer Engagement Initiative is designed to provide a variety of meaningful volunteer opportunities for both individuals and groups to support Share Our Spare.

Population(s) Served
Families
Infants and toddlers

Where we work

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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

Number of children served

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

Infants and toddlers, Families, Ethnic and racial groups

Related Program

Essential Needs Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

1 in 3 Chicago newborns and infants live in poverty. Share Our Spare is on a Mission to ensure all these children have the essentials they need to not only survive but thrive.

Number of organizational partners

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

Infants and toddlers, Families, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Essential Needs Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Diapers and other baby essentials Share Our Spare purchases and collects are distributed to families living in poverty through our sustainable network of agency partners.

Number of groups/individuals benefiting from tools/resources/education materials provided

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

Infants and toddlers, Families, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Essential Needs Program

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

These number are more than just statistic. The represent a Chicago child, newborns to 5 years of age, living in poverty. Share Our Spare provides these children with the essentials they need.

Number of volunteers

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

Infants and toddlers, Families, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Volunteer Engagement

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Share Our Spare relies on dedicated volunteers, individuals and corporate groups, to help collect, organize, and distribute essential baby items to Chicago children living in poverty.

Total dollars received in contributions

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

Women and girls, Infants and toddlers, Economically disadvantaged people

Related Program

Essential Needs Program

Type of Metric

Input - describing resources we use

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Share Our Spare is funded exclusively through financial support provided by individual and corporate donors.

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.

Given the existing lack of leadership in this space, there is an extraordinary opportunity for Share Our Spare to emerge as the lead diaper bank and community resource for essential items for children ages newborn to five in the Chicago metro-area. And not to simply distribute items, but to galvanize our community of families, social service agencies, corporate partners, and other key stakeholders to raise the visibility of the issue of diaper need by advocating for policies and programs that will dramatically reduce that need.

In 2018, Share Our Spare donated over 200,000 diapers. This year we are on track to double that. Based on reporting from our agencies, we anticipate the need to actually be closer to more than 300,000 diapers PER MONTH to provide an adequate monthly supply of diapers to each child in our existing Early Head Start, Head Start, and home visiting programs. We would seek to gradually reach this number over a two-year period through the following initiatives:

• Increase our network of community-based donation sites to 100+;
• Establish partnerships with B2B and other local brands, including Abbott, Medline, and Walgreens, to significantly increase in-kind donations and secure vendor supply contracts that would allow us to purchase diapers at wholesale prices;
• Roll out a Share Our Spare truck pick-up and delivery service, enabling us to deliver diapers (in larger quantities) directly to our agency sites, reducing the period diapers are held in our warehouse;
• Initiate critical first steps and incur costs necessary to ultimately transition to a larger warehouse space, allowing us to easily accept and store large diaper drops.

Share Our Spare has a comprehensive 3-year strategic plan to expand the scope of our programs, amplify fundraising efforts, enhance communications, expand community engagement, and marketing. Our Mission-drive comprehensive strategic plan will enable Share Our Spare to emerge as the lead diaper bank and community resource for essential items for children ages newborn to five in the Chicago metro-area. And not to simply distribute items, but to galvanize our community of families, social service agencies, corporate partners, and other key stakeholders to raise the visibility of the issue of diaper need by advocating for policies and programs that will dramatically reduce that need.

Share Our Spare has a sustainable network comprised of 38 agency partners, serving all 77 Chicago neighborhoods, 35 corporate sponsors, and more than 10,000 community members to collect, organize, and distribute essential baby items to Chicago families living in poverty. Our distinguished and dedicated Board works in tandem with a small but fierce staff of highly qualified, Mission-driven individuals.

The addition of a new truck delivery program will enable us to exceed current operations and double our impact.

Share Our Spare has distributed:

1.125 millions diapers to Chicago families living in poverty
2.6 million essential baby items throughout Chicago's 77 neighborhoods

to serve 23,670 infants and children under the age of 5 who are living poverty.

Share Our Spare has 38 agency partners with an additional 20 agencies on our wait list. Expansion of programs, services, corporate and community partners will allow us to serve more children and families throughout the Chicago metro area.

Our next steps include implementing a truck delivery service to better serve our agency partners as well as plans to relocate our ShareHouse to a larger facility.

Strategic and tactical community engagement, communications, marketing, and fundraising plans will fuel the amplification of our services.

Financials

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Share Our Spare

Board of directors
as of 05/16/2023
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Stefanie Hest

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 5/16/2023

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Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

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

Race & ethnicity

No data

Gender identity

No data

Transgender Identity

No data

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data