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URGENT NEEDS
ALERT

Below, please find the latest 914Cares initiatives that are in progress and need community support.

These programs provide the most basic essentials families need to keep their babies clean, healthy and happy. Research shows that poverty is the single greatest threat to a baby’s mental and physical development. By providing these items, we can help give babies the best possible start in life.

BABY BANK

Program Overview

914Cares Baby Bank provides a six-month supply of non-food infant essentials to families in need. These brand new, high quality items include strollers, car seats, pack-n-plays, first aid kits, towels, diapers, wipes, diaper cream, shampoo and any other items the families need.

We believe:

  • Families should be able to keep their babies clean and healthy.
  • Caregivers should have a safe place for their baby to sleep.
  • All babies should have access to safe, quality baby gear.

Without the need to worry about purchasing essentials for their baby, caregivers can focus on what is important — their babies’ health and happiness.

This is the only program where baby equipment is distributed — there are specific restrictions to participate. Recipients are pre-selected on a limited basis.

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By the numbers
  • 40% of babies born in Westchester County are born to mothers on Medicaid.
  • There is NO designated state or federal assistance for the purchase of necessities for babies.
  • 19% of children in Westchester are hungry or at risk for hunger.
Program highlights
  • Every month, in addition to the essentials provided, each baby receives a months’ worth of new or like new seasonably appropriate clothing.
  • We distribute over 140,000 baby essentials each year.

DIAPER BANK

Program Overview

914Cares Diaper Bank provides a week’s worth of diapers to “fill the gap” each month for families that are struggling with diaper need.

What is diaper need? Simply put, diaper need is not having enough diapers.

Effects of diaper need:

  • Babies without enough diapers often suffer from physical ailments such as severe diaper rash which can lead to high levels of mental stress for both parents and children.
  • Daycare facilities usually require a days’ worth of diapers, therefore, families without are less likely to be accepted to daycares, leaving parents unable to attend work or school.
  • There is a demonstrated link between diaper need and maternal depression – mothers who cannot provide essentials to their babies.

Donate items to 914Cares Diaper Bank >
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By the numbers
  • 1 in 3 US families cannot afford diapers for their babies.
  • Nationally, 57% of parents experiencing diaper need who rely on childcare said they missed an average of four days of school or work because they didn’t have enough diapers.
  • Diapers cost between $80 – $100 per month and those costs increase when families cannot purchase them in bulk.
Program highlights
  • We distribute 500,000 diapers and 20,000 packages of wipes per year.
  • We work with over 90 Community Partners in more than 20 Westchester communities, getting diapers where they are needed most.
  • Babies receive one package of wipes and between 25 and 50 diapers per month.