How you can help: Family-oriented groups and events in the Seattle area
Welcome to How You Can Help, an ongoing roundup of things you can do to boost families, nonprofit agencies and more around the Seattle area.
There are all kinds of needs out there, and we know there are all kinds of generous people who would like to help, but sometimes just need a nudge, an online link or a good idea.
Got an idea or a project for us to consider? Email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Let's all pitch in to make life a little easier for our neighbors!
Doing away with 'diaper need'
As a new mom, I took for granted that, when my daughter needed a clean diaper, there'd be one under the changing table or in the closet — or that, at worst, a quick trip to the store might be in order.
The local nonprofit Westside Baby says that 1 in 3 families struggles with what it has dubbed "diaper need," which can have a variety of negative effects, from harming the child's health, to cutting the food budget, to keeping kids out of school or day care (or parents missing work) for a lack of diapers.
The National Diaper Bank Network has declared Sept. 23-29 as National Diaper Need Awareness Week
It's easy to help, though, and here are just a few ways:
Westside Baby accepts monetary gifts through its website and accepts donations of diapers through its Amazon "wish list" at these dropoff sites. It also encourages people to hold their own donation drives.
Get your hands dirty and help out!
Town Hall and the Black Farmers Collective are holding a Day of Service on Saturday, Sept. 28, at Yes Farm, part of the redevelopment of the Yesler Terrace community.
Organizers are looking for a variety of help around the collective and educational urban farm. Volunteers might find themselves weeding, tilling, planting or yanking out invasive plants.
Kids and families are welcome. Anyone under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Wear long pants and closed-toe shoes and bring a reusable water bottle. Event will take place rain or shine. Town Hall will provide water and light snacks.
Meet at Yesler Terrace Park, 917 Yesler Way, and walk to the garden.