Diaper Bank: Sunrise Rotary Delivers 2500 Diapers

Rancho Cordova, CA  |  Story and photos by Trina L. Drotar
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Mike Daly Handing Diapers to Robert Sanger.

RANCHO CORDOVA, CA (MPG) – In early October, Mike Daly, president of the Rancho Cordova Sunrise Rotary Club, and other club members placed bins in City Hall, local Starbucks, Rancho Cordova Chamber of Commerce office, and several other locations throughout Rancho Cordova and Fair Oaks in order to collect diapers for the diaper bank at Folsom Cordova Community Partnership (FCCP). On November 6, the estimated 2500 diapers and 1500 wipes were presented to FCCP’s executive director Robert Sanger.

The ability to supply diapers, one of several safety-net resources offered by FCCP, is made possible through diaper drives, individual donations of diapers, and grant funding. The FCCP’s diaper bank is one of only a handful in Northern California and has been registered with the National Diaper Bank Network (NDBN) for about five years. It is only one of two registered diaper banks in Sacramento.

“It came to our attention about the stressful effect that diaper needs can have on families,” said Sanger, who learned that nearly one third of all families have a need for diapers at some point. “We felt it was important to be a diaper bank and to be able to offer that service to the community.”

Diapers are, like food and shelter, a basic need for infants, who may require up to ten diapers daily. According to NDBN, diapers, which are necessary for children in preschool and daycare, may also aid in children becoming more successful. Without diapers, children can’t attend, which means that parents may not be able to work. A monthly diaper cost for a family with an infant can run $80 or more. That cost must sometimes be weighed by low-income families against the need for food or shelter.

Sanger said that FCCP’s diaper bank currently serves a few hundred families each year. Although there are usually enough diapers to supply the needs, the stock has dropped so low that a community request to donate had been issued.

 “We want to keep diapers stocked.”

The greatest need is infant diapers, number one size, since babies use the most on a daily basis. Between community diaper drives and individual donations, they usually keep well stocked. The most successful drives, said Sanger, are those hosted by businesses or service organizations like Sunrise Rotary. Even local churches have held drives. FCCP supplies the collection bins and a draft poster that the organization or business can personalize.

“We try to work with companies and make it easy for them to host diaper drives.

Sunrise Rotary has participated in many local events to help the community, including planting trees one Saturday morning, American River clean up, collecting warm clothing and blankets for those in need, so sponsoring a diaper drive seemed a good fit.

Daly said that his club has partnered with FCCP for several years through the Christmas in Cordova event.

“One of our members, Chris Clark, works for FCCP and when he was our president he got us involved,” wrote Daly.

Daly met with Sanger and asked what the three biggest needs were. Diapers and wipes were the first things mentioned.

“I then suggested that our club would do a diaper and wipes drive to help.”

Daly commended Park West Casino, First Bank on Zinfandel, and a local business development park for their donations. Club members also stepped up to add to the collection.

“This is the first year we have done a drive for FCCP and hope to make it an annual event for them.”

FCCP serves between 500 and 600 families annually with its array of safety-net services which include diapers, emergency food, or even utility assistance.

Other safety-net services include Regional Transit bus passes, baby food, referrals, advocacy, and short-term case management for low-income families living in Rancho Cordova, Mather, Folsom, and three zip code areas (95826, 95827, and 95830) of Sacramento.

FCCP also hosts a number of activities for families including its quarterly community baby shower, exercise classes, and its annual harvest festival event. The monthly Connections Café is a drop-in lunch networking opportunities for service providers and organizations throughout the county. Six times each year, families are invited to the Cordova Lane Center for fun and educational activities.

FCCP has been serving the area for 26 years, this year celebrating 20 years as one of nine Birth and Beyond Family Resource Centers in Sacramento County, and 10 years offering community support services which include emergency diapers. In 2019, FCCP will celebrate another milestone offering employment development services to youth and adults as an America’s Job Center.

For additional information about FCCP, visit: http://www.thefccp.org/. For additional information about Rancho Cordova Sunrise Rotary, visit: https://portal.clubrunner.ca/9120. For additional information about National Diaper Bank Network, visit: https://nationaldiaperbanknetwork.org/.