Help A Mother Out (HAMO) is dedicated to increasing access to diapers for families in need. Started by two moms with an initial investment of $100, this one time diaper drive has evolved into a nationally-recognized grassroots organization raising diapers, awareness, and advocating for long term change in the social safety net. Our vision is a day when every baby has an adequate supply of diapers.
Help A Mother Out was formed in the spring of 2009 in reaction to media reports about the economic crisis’s effect on young children, families, and mothers, in particular the growing numbers of homeless children and families in California. Reaching out to San Francisco Bay Area shelters, cofounders Lisa Truong and Rachel Fudge learned that the number-one need was not baby blankets, clothing, or even food but diapers—which are not covered under social-safety net programs like WIC or food stamps. So they decided to organize a Mother’s Day diapers-and-wipes donation drive to benefit a dozen agencies serving low-income and homeless families throughout California.
We believe that every baby deserves access to a clean diaper. It is hard to imagine what it would be like to try to make a single diaper last an entire day. Yet, that is the difficult choice faced by many low-income women daily. Babies left in dirty or re-used diapers are at a much higher rish of severe diaper rash, infections and UTIs. In addition, diapers are required to attend free or subsidized childcare programs, yet their costs are not covered by WIC or foodstamps!
See more at: http://helpamotherout.org
|$25||provides a week's worth of diapers to a baby living in an inner-city neighborhood where affordable diapers are not available.|
|$125||allows us to provide a months worth of diapers, which means that a needy child will be eligible for subsidized childcare.|
|$300||provides a supply of diapers to keep all of the babies in a Bay Area homeless shelter comfortable and rash-free for a week.|