The facts are staggering: every day, 1 in 3 families in America struggle to afford diapers for their children.
Diaper need is the lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep a baby clean, dry and healthy, and it’s a reality in our city. There are over 16,000 diaper-wearing children in the Greater Cincinnati area experiencing diaper need each month. At an average rate of six diapers per day per child (and more than double that for newborns), diaper-wearing children in poverty in the United States require more than 5.8 billion diapers annually to keep them clean, dry and healthy. For this reason, we started the only diaper bank serving the entire Greater Cincinnati area to fill the diaper need gap in our community. By assisting families during what can be one of the most challenging times in a parent’s life, we’re working to build a strong community for the future.
People say diaper need will disappear when pigs fly. We say welcome to Cincinnati: where pigs fly, we put chili on our spaghetti, and diaper need is being eliminated, one baby at a time.
Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank partners with local social service agencies to provide diapers to low-income families while raising awareness of the basic health need for diapers. Our mission is to eliminate the existence of diaper need in our community so that ALL babies have a chance to be healthy, happy, and safe.
What is Diaper Need?
Diaper Need is the lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to remain clean, dry and healthy. Did you know diapers cannot be purchased with food stamps or obtained through WIC? Not having diapers means parents can’t leave their children with a childcare provider, most of which require a day's worth of disposable diapers for each child in advance. That means parents can't go to work or school. Not having diapers leads to more time between changes (sometimes longer than 24 hours), which causes severe diaper rash, urinary tract and staph infections and other health problems. Not having diapers means that babies who cry because their diaper is dirty will cry that much more, increasing stress for parents struggling to make ends meet. Recently, not having enough diapers has been shown to be the number one indicator of maternal depression, and adversely affects a mother’s feeling of self-worth, as well as the mother-child bond.
The numbers don't lie: Cincinnati's babies are hurting. For a city our size, we are 4th in the nation for highest childhood poverty levels at 44.3% (behind only Cleveland, Detroit and Memphis). 37% of children under 5 years old are living in poverty and experiencing some degree of diaper need. This means over 16,000 children in the Greater Cincinnati area need our help!
Make Cincinnati Proud
Our amazing city is one of the fastest-growing, most desirable places to live in America. Travel blog Jetsetter called Cincinnati one of the 15 best places to visit in 2015 and Fortune said the city has one of the top five up-and-coming downtowns. The New York Times has compared the transformation of Over-the-Rhine to Greenwich Village. In the midst of moving forward we cannot leave our children behind. ALL Cincinnatians, no matter their age, deserve to feel the success of our city's revitalization.
How Can I Donate?
We're glad you asked. You can donate cash here. We use your dollars to purchase deeply discounted diapers through National Diaper Bank Network partnerships. Are you a fan of happy hours? Us too. Find out where our next Bottoms Up for Babies happy hour event will be, and bring some friends and diapers along! You could also host a diaper drive with your company, friends, school, team, or other group. Check out our events page for information on where we'll be next and more details on how we can help you host a successful diaper drive.
How Do I Volunteer?
Our volunteers are the glue that holds Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank together. We have a variety of things that you can help us with: inventory, sorting and wrapping diapers, and administrative tasks, to name a few. You will find volunteering with Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank to be incredibly rewarding, and, dare we say--fun! We use VicNet to coordinate all our volunteer efforts, which leads to a seamless, efficient experience for you. Our volunteer page has all the info you need to sign up to volunteer.
What's a Diaper Drive?
To say we're passionate about diaper drives would be an understatement. Diaper drives collect diapers and monetary donations that we send straight out into the community. We've put together tons of fun resources to help your event see massive success, and even have a diaper drive coordinator who will help you every step of the way. Check out our events page for a Diaper Drive Toolkit and ideas on how to collect diapers with your friends, family, company, or organization.
Donate to Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank
Donations are what keeps Sweet Cheeks Diaper Bank running! You can donate diapers or cash to help assist our efforts. Monthly donations can also be set up to make giving back to the community hassle-free for you. Click here to donate and help keep local babies clean and dry every day!
Did you know we are the ONLY diaper bank serving the entire Greater Cincinnati area? Volunteer your time today!
We can’t do this alone, and there are a lot of ways you can help! From hosting diaper drives and collecting donations at your work or school to wrapping diapers, there is always plenty to do! Click here for ideas on how to volunteer your time, and check out this page for our diaper drive toolkit and everything you need to pull off a successful diaper drive.