DIAPER BANK OF THE OZARKS

keeping babies healthy and happy!

aka Diaper Bank of the Ozarks   |   Springfield, MO   |  http://www.diaperbankoftheozarks.org

Mission

Diaper Bank of the Ozarks keeps babies healthy and happy by distributing diapers to partner agencies serving families in need throughout the Ozarks.

Ruling year info

2014

Executive Director

Jill Bright

Main address

1901 E Meadowmere St

Springfield, MO 65804 USA

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EIN

46-2851972

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

1 in 3 families with young children struggle to afford diapers for their babies. The Diaper Bank of the Ozarks assists families who are experiencing "diaper need" or an inability to provide an adequate supply of diapers for their baby. Families living on a low income or at poverty level and below are struggling to provide food and shelter for their families. The cost of diapers is over $1,000 a year and no government programs provide assistance for the purchase of diapers (they are a clothing item and not food). Diaper Need leads to babies with increased and severe diaper rashes, infections, they are uncomfortable, cry a lot and sleep poorly. Parents feel inadequate because they cannot provide the basic needs for their child, they are increasingly depressed and stress within the family is increased and may result in abuse and neglect.

Our programs

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

Regional Distribution Services

Disposable and cloth diapers, period products, and adult briefs are donated monthly to partner agencies that provide direct services to families in need impacting 59 counties throughout the greater Ozarks from northeast Oklahoma, southeast Kansas, northern Arkansas, and most of the counties in Missouri.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Adults

Provide education about the use and care of cloth diapers along with a cloth diaper loan and follow up assistance to families in need in the Ozarks

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Families

Providing diapers to families in need who have a baby in daycare. Families are required to provide diapers to their daycare provider. If they are unable to afford sufficient diapers, they will lose daycare and lose their job and income.

Population(s) Served
Infants and toddlers
Families

Where we work

Accreditations

National Diaper Bank Network membership 2019

Awards

Humanitarian of the Year 2019

Community Foundation of the Ozarks

Child Advocate of the Year 2018

Ozarks Health Advocacy Foundation

Our Sustainable Development Goals

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Goals & Strategy

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Charting impact

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

The overall goal of DBO is to decrease "diaper need".

Decreasing "diaper need" means that for our babies:

• They will have clean and try diapers, changed as needed
• They will not experience frequent diaper rashes or skin infections
• They will be more comfortable and happier
• They will cry less because of a wet diaper and a sore bottom
• They will sleep better
• They will receive more love and hugs from those around them when they are not in a wet diaper
• Bonding with parents will be easier.

For parents/caregivers this means:
• The feelings they have of being inadequate in their ability to provide basic needs for their child will be decreased
• Maternal depression will be decreased
• Stress within the family related to finances will be a little relieved and the money usually spent on diapers can be used for other needs (groceries, rent, bills, medicines)
• They can bond more easily with their child, offering love and cuddles
For Partner Agencies our goals include:
• Eliminating a budget line item allowing them to focus their spending on other much needed items or services.
• For those agencies that distributed diapers only when diapers were donated to them, we can relieve the stress of not having a constant and sufficient supply of diapers.

1) Greene County Disposable Diaper Distribution.
The Diaper Bank of the Ozarks partners with 40 agencies serving children in Greene County. These partner agencies include Crosslines, Harmony House, Lifehouse Crisis Maternity Home, Doula Foundation, Pregnancy Care Center and Republic Pregnancy Resource Center. We plan to distribute at least 550,000 diapers through these agencies each year.
2) Rural County Diaper Distribution Program.
The Diaper Bank of the Ozarks partners with 29 agencies in the rural counties of the Ozarks, reaching into 30 counties. We plan to distribute at least 300,000 disposable diapers through these agencies each year.
3) 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. The Diaper Bank of the Ozarks stands beside the parents by providing diapers to the Daycare so that babies may remain in their programs. 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. We plan to distribute between 50-80,000 disposable diapers through this program each year.
4) Cloth Diaper Loan Program.
Cloth diapers can be very expensive, but the use of cloth diapers can save a family up to $1,000 annually for each baby in diapers. To eliminate the startup costs of these diapers, the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks will provide a cloth diaper loan. The parents are taught how to use the diapers and care for them. They are also given a mentor to assist them and offer encouragement once the loan is obtained. We plan to provide cloth diaper loans to 120-150 families each year.
5) Baby Hub Program:
The DBO has a new program that will be initiated in the spring of 2018. After studying much of the information about poverty, and particularly in the city of Springfield itself, DBO will be providing outlets across Zone 1 and 2 offering not only material resources, but also educational offerings for families most needing the services but unable to easily access them when they are scattered across town and transportation is a concern. Our first Baby Hub will be opened at the Springfield Dream Center in collaboration with the Pregnancy Care Center. With 40 agencies collaborating with DBO, there will be many educational resources to pull from without the need to invent anything new. To encourage attendance and provide a safe and comfortable setting, children’s activities will happen during class time and meals and snacks will be provided.

Diaper Bank of the Ozarks is very much a volunteer driven organization with a full-time volunteer Founder and Executive Director and 3 part-time program directors and an administrative assistant to carry out the programs. The Executive Director has attended and taught workshops at 5 annual National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) Conferences. She has sat on the NDBN Advisory Board for two years and participated with a small group of senior diaper banker to establish national best practices for diaper banks across the country. Locally she has participated in multiple activities focusing on poverty, including sitting on a Poverty Collaborative Board. She is well known and often called on, as the expert in "diaper need" in our community. Other staff members and volunteers have each been mentored by her and attended conferences and workshops locally and nationally.
The Executive Director received the Ozarks Health Advocacy Foundation "Child Advocate of the Year" in 2018.

6 years old already and the Diaper Bank of the Ozarks has distributed 3 million diapers, over 400 cloth diaper loans, assisted over 100 families to keep their daycare provider, continue their education, keep their job, and keep their much needed paycheck.

Financials

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DIAPER BANK OF THE OZARKS

Board of directors
as of 2/16/2021
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
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Board leadership practices

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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

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Leadership

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White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female
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Heterosexual or Straight
Disability status
Person without a disability

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Equity strategies

Last updated: 02/16/2021

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Policies and processes
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.