Creation of Independent Diaper Bank
Since 1971, the Junior Service League of Boca Raton, known today as the Junior League of Boca Raton, has developed projects that meet underserved needs in our community. We have created,
sponsored, staffed, and funded these projects until they were ready to stand on their own. When we look around today, many of these projects are still independent nonprofits, such as the Boca
Raton Historical Society.
Almost 10 years ago, the Junior League of Boca Raton identified a growing need in our community: diaper need. In diving further into this issue, we began to realize that the impact
diaper need has on children, mothers, and families are astounding.
Since the diaper bank’s inception in 2011, we have impacted over 15,000 families. We have distributed over 4.3 million diapers and are on track to distribute our 5,000,000th diaper in May
2021. We serve approximately 3,000 children per month through 23 local nonprofits. Through the hard work and dedication of 10 years of diaper bank committees, their chairs and committee
members, Junior League members, our community partners, and the nonprofits we serve, we have created AN INCREDIBLE IMPACT.
With the success of our diaper bank and the ever-growing diaper needs in our community, it is our responsibility to not only recognize how far we’ve come but also to see the potential for
growth and expansion in the future. Therefore, we are excited to announce that we will be gifting this incredible project to the community, allowing for its continued expansion.
The newly independent diaper bank is set to launch in January 2022.
This decision marks a significant change for our League and was made with a great deal of thought, discussion, and research. It allows for incredible leaders throughout our community to
get involved and bring their diversity, knowledge, experience, and creativity to this new nonprofit.
We strongly encourage the leaders among our community partners, nonprofits we support, and local businesses to join in this transition and consider serving on the board of directors of this
new nonprofit. We will be accepting applications for future board positions until March 15, 2021. Click to view the positions available and board profile. If you have questions, concerns, or a desire to support this transition, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org or click here to apply.
The Diaper Bank will continue to operate during the transition and will provide diapers as it always has to our nonprofit partners.
Junior League of Boca Raton’s Diaper Bank Relocates to Boca Raton Innovation Campus Through Crocker Partners’ Storage Space Donation
The Junior League of Boca Raton is thrilled to announce a major in-kind gift from Crocker Partners, which is donating approximately 1,500 square feet of space at its Boca Raton Innovation Campus (BRiC), former IBM headquarters and birthplace of the personal computer, to the Junior League’s Diaper Bank. The space will be used to store and distribute more than 600,000 diapers each year which serves 3,000 children annually through the Junior League’s partnerships with 24 local agencies. The diaper bank has distributed over 4 million diapers since 2011 and is the largest diaper bank in Palm Beach County.
“This incredibly generous gift will help us provide diapers to local families in need, enabling babies and toddlers to attend daycare, thus allowing their parents to go to work,” said Cristy Stewart-Harfmann, President of the Junior League of Boca Raton.
What is the JLBR Diaper Bank?
The Junior League of Boca Raton Diaper Bank ensures that low-income families in South Palm Beach and North Broward Counties receive the necessary diapers our local children depend on. The idea to host the Palm Beach County’s only diaper bank came when League members learning that one in three families nationally are unable to provide diapers for their children and more than two hundred thousand families living in the Boca Raton community were regularly in need.
Did you know…
- Low-income parents cannot take advantage of free or subsidized childcare if they cannot afford to leave disposable diapers at childcare centers.
- 1 out of 3 families struggle to buy diapers.
- In low-income families, a baby can spend a day or longer in one diaper, leading to potential health and abuse risks.
- An adequate supply of diapers can cost over $100 per month.
- Infants require up to 12 diapers per day; toddlers require about 8.
- Without transportation, low-income families tend to buy diapers at convenience stores rather than a large retailer which can double or triple the monthly cost for diapers.
- Diapers cannot be obtained with food stamps, and are classified with cigarettes, alcohol and pet food as disallowed purchases.
The JLBR Diaper Bank partners with 24 different local nonprofits in Broward and Palm Beach Counties and distributes over 600,000 diapers annually to serve 3,000 children. It is currently the largest diaper bank in South Florida.
We depend on our community to host diaper drives. Interested in hosting a drive? Email email@example.com.
Donate now to support the JLBR Community Diaper Bank.
We work with the following agencies who distribute the diapers to families in need.
Adopt a Family of the Palm Beaches
Children First Academy
West Palm Beach
The Children’s Healing Institute
West Palm Beach
Drug Abuse Foundation of Palm Beach County
Family Promise of South Palm Beach County
Farmworker Coordinating Council
Florence Fuller Child Development Centers
The Guatemalan-Maya Center
Haiti Cholera Research Funding Foundation
Hannah’s Home of South Florida
Health Council of Southeast Florida
Palm Beach County and Treasure Coast
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies of Broward County
Healthy Mothers, Healthy Babies of Palm Beach County
Palm Beach County
Mary Help of Christians Catholic Church
Mary’s Pregnancy Resource Center
The Open Door Mentoring for Teen Mothers
Palm Beach Gardens
Opportunity Early Childhood Education and Family Center
West Palm Beach
Place of Hope at the Leighan and David Rinker Campus
RCMA Belle Glade CDC
RCMA Farmworker CDC
Speak Up for Kids of Palm Beach County
Palm Beach County
Women in Distress of Broward County