Eastside Baby Corner, a non-profit organization located in Issaquah, is one of the major contributors of basic necessities to expectant families and children on the Eastside. Founded in 1990 by Karen Ridlon, a local pediatric nurse practitioner, the organization serves families with low incomes to assure every child can thrive by providing them with basic necessities they need.
Eastside Baby Corner partners with partner agencies to serve children birth to five and expectant families. Each week, volunteers and staff from Eastside Baby Corner collect donations and purchase items to distribute to their partner agencies. The items range from diapers, wipes, formula, clothes, car seats, school supplies, furniture, birthday gifts, maternity clothes, etc.
In 2012, Imagine Housing formed a partnership with Eastside Baby Corner and since then we have received items weekly. Parents and caregivers place orders through the Resident Support Specialists at their property and every Thursday we pick them up and distribute them to the residents.
We are fortunate to have two volunteers to our team, Kay Lynn and Joan through Saint Andrew’s Lutheran Church, who are picking up and delivering all of the items to the properties. With their support the Resident Support Specialists are given more time to be present at our communities.
At the beginning of our partnership we were allowed to order a total of 20 items a week for the children across our Imagine Housing communities. Due to such a high demand, we now receive 80 items weekly, being one of Eastside Baby Corner’s larger partnerships. In 2013, Imagine Housing residents received 3,337 items, valuing $180,434.50. In total, Eastside Baby Corner distributed 40,069 items, valuing $4,527,034. This is a powerful visual demonstrating what an incredible impact they have on the Eastside communities they serve.
~Molly Statham, Resident Support Specialist, Andrew’s Glen