The Community Foundation awards $5,000 to the Baby Steps Diaper Project

Diapers. I could spend the next six paragraphs explaining all the options; pros and cons of cloth verses disposal, using water and electricity washing verses landfill issues – all the poop. Regardless of your choices, diapers are expensive. (As a side note: as a baby grows, diapers get more expensive. A box of 120 now becomes a box of 96 – all for the same price, or you need to reinvest in larger cloth diapers.)

“The best gift you can give at a baby shower is diapers. Find out if the baby is going to wear cloth or disposable. If cloth, give diaper inserts, and don’t bother with the newborn size,” says Sarah Copeland, Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation Director of Grants and Programs.

Baby Steps is committed to improving the health and well-being of families, pregnant women and young children

Baby Steps educates parents about the programs, services and referrals that are available in our community that promote healthy families and prepare children to do their best as they start school. Baby Steps Boutique looks and operates like a retail store but offers so much more! It is a place where you can receive what all expectant parents, current parents and caregivers need: information and support about programs and services available throughout Itasca County and the Remer/Longville area that support family health.

Because of partnerships with more than 50 organizations and services in the area, parents and caregivers with children 0-5 years of age, can earn Baby Steps coupons for attending events, educational activities, or utilizing services that support their family's health. Parents and caregivers can then go to the Baby Steps store to redeem their coupons (no cash is accepted) for basic needs such as diapers, wipes, formula, car seats, and so much more. The staff is also available to offer support, encouragement and a listening ear to parents as they visit Baby Steps.

Baby Steps also offers educational opportunities for parents through Parent Connection groups and Mom's Night Out events that occur multiple times throughout the year. Classes that have been offered include: Infant /Toddler CPR, Infant Massage, Dental Health, Kids in the Garden, Canvas & Coffee and Crock Pot Cooking. Another educational opportunity for parents at Baby Steps is the Lending Library. This library offers a variety of topics from which parents can choose. A few of the topics available are: labor and delivery, pregnancy and infant care, and potty training.

The Diaper Project

Diapers are an essential part of raising a healthy child. They are the number one item parents redeem with their coupons at Baby Steps. The support for the Baby Steps Diaper Project has allowed the Boutique to have diapers available for parents. Some parents find themselves in a crisis and need help purchasing diapers. For these parents, Baby Steps has been able to establish an "Emergency Fund" of coupons. This fund has been made possible from parents donating their earned coupons back to Baby Steps when they do not intend to redeem them for their own family’s needs. During the 2018-2019 fiscal year, the Baby Steps Diaper Project provided $6,250 worth of diapers that assisted parents in providing the essentials for a healthy beginning for their young children.

Funding was provided with grants from the Endowed Sharing Fund; Fund for Women; and the Kosak Family Fund.

Anyone can donate to funds at the Community Foundation. There are no fees to donate. Gifts to the Endowed Sharing Fund provide all types of crisis grants throughout the Greater Itasca Area. The Fund for Women is also an endowment, helping fund all programs that support the needs of local women. The Kosak Family Fund is an endowed Donor Advised Fund, where the donor advises the Community Foundation about programs they want to support.

The Grand Rapids Area Community Foundation invites you to become part of the good work we do. Include us in the conversation with your financial or estate planner to answer the question “What good do you want your money to do?” For more information, schedule a visit by calling (218) 999-9100.

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