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Impact Report 2020

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impactW H A T W ED I DW H A T A Y E A R I T W A SH O W Y O UC A N H E L P N E E D F O R B A S I C SG R O W S W E D E L I V E R E DM O R E T H A N E V E RK E E P O U R M I S S I O NG O I N G BABIES OF HOMELESSNESS2020IM PA CT

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Babies of Homelessnessurgently delivers essentialsto children experiencinghomelessness by mobilizingthe power and generosity ofthe community.OUR MISSIONBABIES OF HOMELESSNESS2020IM PA CTI M P A C T  |   2Tax ID: 81-4902417

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2020 was a difficult year for us all. It was a yearfilled with uncertainty as many essential workerswere forced to be on the frontlines of so muchunknown. We faced new challenges as we transitioned ourwork, school and life from home and fromscreens. It was a year filled with concern as weworried about the physical and mental health ofour loved ones. There was so much sadness as we mourned liveslost and milestones that we will never get back. We learned to face the reality that for all ofthese reasons and more, our lives will forever bechanged. However, through all of the difficulties andsadness hope shone through. This hope wasevident in our community as they rallied to helpthose in need. With so many people suffering dueto the pandemic, the need for our servicesincreased dramatically and our communityresponded. They stepped up and met these new demands byorganizing diaper drives, providing the monetarydonations critical to our mission and filling ourstorage facility with diapers, wipes, formula andbaby food.As an organization, we adapted our programsmaking safety for our staff, volunteers andfamilies our number one priority.Our staff and volunteers worked tirelesslyfielding calls on our crisis line, managing ourinventory, and connecting with our families toget them the essentials they need. In 2020, we delivered a record number ofdiapers and reached more families than everbefore.We know the effects of this pandemic will befelt for years to come. With the moratorium onevictions ending soon and the increasing priceof diapers and other necessities, our serviceswill continue to be critical to so many families.We are committed and focused on meeting thisincreased demand and expanding our servicesto reach even more families, particularly inSnohomish and South King County. We are looking ahead, using what we havelearned in 2020 to meet whatever newchallenges lie ahead, and we are confidentbecause we know the community will continueto be there supporting families in need.With Gratitude and Hope,Angela HarmonFROM OUR CHAIRI M P A C T  |   3BABIES OF HOMELESSNESS2020IM PA CTAngela HarmonChair/Board of Directors

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Brittan StockertExecutive DirectorMore than a year ago, Seattle becamethe first metropolitan area in the US torecord a COVID death. At that time,the CDC had limited information aboutthe virus.There was so much fear and anxiety.Some of us felt overwhelmed. Some ofus at Babies of Homelessnesswondered how we would juggleparenting and homeschooling dutieswhile carrying out the mission of asmall nonprofit.In February, we quickly rolled outCOVID protocols—social distancing,PPE and contactless deliveries—andreduced volunteer support to only themost critical functions. It was thisprompt response that protected ourteam and allowed us to continue directservices to families and agencies intwo counties.Demand at our diaper bank surged andwe witnessed a 172% increase in theaverage monthly number of diapers wedistributed to families and agencies.Meanwhile, we were navigating diapershortages, diaper price spikes, shippingdelays and a drop in in-kind giving.I M P A C T    |      4The pandemic also exposed thepervasiveness of police brutality andsystemic racism in all facets of life,including in the nonprofit sector.We learned how well-meaning white-centered nonprofits perpetuatebroken systems that oftentimes harmthe people they are meant to serve.Accordingly, we made a commitmentto advance the principles of Diversity,Equity, Inclusion, Access and Justiceinto our work.We created a modern, flexibleworkspace with remote capabilitiesand unlimited PTO, to attract toptalent and individuals from BIPOC,LGBTQIA, immigrant and refugeecommunities, all at greater risk ofbarriers.  We hired a DEA consultantto make sure our internal culture,organizational structure and policiesreflect the DEIAJ framework.  And wecontinue to participate in peacefulBLM protests, commit ourselves toweekly anti-racist training and recruitindividuals with lived experience,ensuring the voice of communitiesserved is at the center.FROM OUR EXECUTIVE DIRECTORBABIES OF HOMELESSNESS2020IM PA CTIn March, we also learned that afoundation pulled capacity-buildingfunds for 2021, a ripple effect of aforecasted stunted economy.Human service agencies of all sizes,mostly located in underserved ruraland BIPOC communities, called usdesperate for diapers. To keep up withdemand, we added eleven newpartners to our monthly serviceroutes, with each agency receiving avan full of diapers, wipes and formula.Families experiencing homelessnesscontinued to call our intake line asalways, and we delivered within 72hours.  For a period of time, 60% of ourintake calls were from womenescaping domestic violence and/or atdomestic violence shelters.Families in housing on the brink ofhomelessness began also called theintake line for help, too. Singlemothers expressed they needed anextra supply of diapers to send withtheir child to daycare.No family in need was turned away.

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Renton Regional CommunityFoundation, Seattle Foundationand Community Foundation ofSnohomish County for COVIDemergency funding.Ridwell and customers for 400+boxes of donated diapers.Community members who hosteddiaper donation drive-up events.Facebook birthday fundraiserswho raised money for Babies ofHomelessness in lieu of gifts.Monthly "Changemakers" DonorsCorporate sponsors, and more!Yes, the past year has beenchallenging, but thanks to a powerfuland generous community, our nimblenonprofit found safe and creative waysto sustain and keep up withunprecedented demand for diapers. Ashout out to:Our diaper bank looks forward to theday we are no longer needed. But fornow — in this challenging economicenvironment, nonprofits like ours arescrambling to raise the fundsnecessary to continue providingquality services and programs in theface of increased demand.We have been fortunate to raise thefunds, but there are standardoperating costs involved withsustaining our mission: quality staffing,technology, storage, gas, insurance,van maintenance, phone, website,software and more.Even in the best of times, the pressureto constantly fundraise detracts fromresources that could be used in thepursuit of high-impact projects likeadvocacy.I look forward to meeting with moreWashington legislators to passlegislation for Federal food assistanceprograms SNAP and WIC, orTemporary Assistance for NeedyFamilies (TANF) to cover the cost ofdiapers. Diapers are already a hugeexpense for families and Americanfamilies are about to get hit with yetanother price increase.The challenge now lies ahead. Tomove forward, we humbly ask for yoursupport in our growth anddevelopment.We believe that diapers are not a need- they’re a necessity. When parents canafford the basics for their children andfocus less on the day-to-day survival,they live a healthier life and able toattain long-term personal andprofessional goals.If you are able, please do us a favor:1. Take a few minutes and watch DanPallota’s TED Talk: “The Way WeThink About Charity is Dead Wrong”2. Set up a monthly donation. Anyamount helps greatly!With gratitude,Brittan StockertThe challengenow lies ahead, If you are adonor, we askfor yoursupport.Visit us atbabiesofhomelessness.orgto find out moreBABIES OF HOMELESSNESS2020IM PA CTI M P A C T    |      5




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This represents a hugeincrease for us, but in2021 we are on track todeliver 3X this amount!The need is greater thanbefore and we arestepping up to meet thisneed.Children are our toppriority. We do not putfamilies on waiting listsfor basic needs. We deliver directly tofamilies living in shelters,safe car parks, motels,couch surfing,encampments or microshelters.We have 20+ partners andwe load our van filled withbasics they haverequested and deliverright to their doorstep.BABIES OF HOMELESSNESS2020IM PA CTI M P A C T  | 6

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Andrew EbrightAngela NerenbergAnne RosenfeldAstrid StaneffBarbara LambertBrittan StockertCatherine ConwayCatherine PoulsenChelsea ParkmanCindy KittsCorey SunwoldCynthia LewDeanna TollefsonEileen PutterEmily O’HaraEmily Preboski-MichelErnie DoreEvan RichardsGeorge LawHeidi StauberHuynh NguyenIrene BillingsJamie HollandJeane KristianJeannine ListonJenny CrowellJessie JansmaJessica KehoeJoanna JohnsonJosephine EakinsJourdan BrighamKatherine ChinKaylie JonesKelly PattonLaura LynnLauren GallLisa BalyeatLiz StoreyMara AveryMary HerzogMichelle BaezMichelle EdwardsMike DeFuriaMonica MurrayMorgan BobadillaNaomi BradfuteOksana NaiduSandra OHaraSara SoSaskia WienSergiu CostinShannon HayesShannon SmithSocorro GonzalezTerry DiaddigoTrudi KnightVictoria CastanedaWesley WheelerWhitney KershnerWhitney RogersDONATEDONATEThank you to our Changemakers,a passionate and dedicatedgroup of monthly givers on amission to provide basic needs toevery family experiencinghomelessness in the Puget Soundregion.These folx have taken action andhelped make a difference in ourcommunity. Their monthly gift enables us toextend basic needs services tomore families in new locations. Thank youChangemakersGive today to join a communityof supporters who arededicated to the vision of basicneeds for every child,everywhere, every day.BABIES OF HOMELESSNESS2020IM PA CTI M P A C T  |  7

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Programs (82%) - Vital to keeping our mission goingAdmin (16%) - How we keepthings runningFundraising (2%) - What it costs to bring in funding2020 REVENUE$376,623.05 BABIES OF HOMELESSNESS2020IM PA CTI M P A C T  |  9

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BABIES OF HOMELESSNESS2020IM PA CTI M P A C T  |  1 0Contact Us Families Needing DiapersCall or text (866) 442-6443General Inquiriesadmin@babiesofhomelessness.orgMailing Address/Check DonationsPO Box 147Bothell, WA 98041In-Kind Donated Goods 1100 Bellevue Way NESte. 8A – # 256Bellevue, WA 98004Shop Our Amazon Wish Listhttp://ow.ly/2dwG50D9Acz