Working with Emergency Diaper Hubs, Mutual Aid groups, and Departments of Health throughout the region, GDCDB distributes diapers to the 44% of low-income households into which children in the DMV are born. Through its Baby Pantry and Nursery Project programs, it also provides nearly $1M worth of formula, baby wipes, feeding supplies, period products, and new baby gear like strollers, car seats, and cribs to help promote safe sleep, play, and travel. In 2020, it served 30,000 babies and over 25,000 families with 6.2 million diapers; the target in 2021 is 7 million. This seemingly simple service enables parents to spend valuable dollars on food, rent, utilities, and transportation. Moreover, diapers are a "gateway resource" that brings families into social service agencies they would not otherwise seek, and where they access medical care, parenting classes, counseling, and more. Simple, effective, essential.
Headquarters: DC-Ward 6
Where They Operate: DC-Citywide; MD-Montgomery County; MD-Prince George's County; VA-Arlington County; VA-Fairfax County; VA-Loudoun County; VA-Prince William County; VA-City of Alexandria; VA-City of Fairfax; VA-City of Falls Church
Age Groups Served: Infants (0-2); Pre-K (3-4); Young adult (18-24); Adult (25-49)
Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic
Population(s) Served: Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members; Women/Girls
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- Volunteer hours donated per month:
Awards & Recognition
Discovery Communications Creating Change Recipient 2011
Working Woman Award 2011
Give Back DC Recipient 2012
Discovery Communications Creating Change Recipient 2013
Stone Soup Films Partnership 2013
L'areal Women of Worth 2014
CNN Hero 2015
- Community Service Week Allows Montgomery Residents to Help in Hundreds of Ways
Wed Oct 23 2013, The Gazette
The Gazette's Peggy McEwan discusses the County's community service week and touts DC Diaper Bank as a great place for families to volunteer
- Inadequate Diaper Supply Linked to Child Abuse, Depression
Tue Jul 30 2013, Mother Jones
Stephanie Mencimer's news story discussing the findings of Yale University School of Medicine study and noting the work of DC Diaper Bank.
- Diaper Bank Helps Moms
Sat Jun 16 2012, CNN
CNN news story about the necessity of diapers for low income families in DC. DCDB's founder, Corinne Cannon talks about their work.
- DC Diaper Bank Helps Moms
Sun May 6 2012, WJLA
Alison Starling talks with DC Diaper Bank's founder, Corinne Cannon, about the organization's mission and the desperate need for diapers.
- Diaper Banks Spreading
Tue Mar 20 2012, Marketplace - American Public Media
In a story about the lack of government coverage for diapers by, DCDB's founder talks about the contestant need for diapers in DC & beyond.
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- The current budget for Greater DC Diaper Bank is: $500k to $1 million
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