Posted by Jason Wright on Dec 06, 2018
On December 6, Rotarian Cathy Bisaillon (pictured on right) presented a Duck Buck check for $750 to Dawn McCalden (on left) of Eastside Baby Corner (EBC) -West Sound to purchase critical essentials for local children (birth to age 5) living in poverty or crisis in Kitsap and west Pierce Counties.  Duck Buck grants are possible because of our generous sponsors of the 2018 Silverdale Rotary Duck Race and the community adopting ducks!
EBC was founded in 1990 in King County because Karen Ridlon, a local pediatric nurse practitioner, became concerned about the large numbers of babies in her practice that began life without adequate food, clothing, beds or safety equipment. Her commitment to giving these children a stronger start grew from a idea and a few items gathered in her dining room, into an agency that in 2016 filled its 500,000th order of absolute essentials.
For 50 weeks each year, volunteers and staff at Eastside Baby Corner collect community donations and purchase and distribute children’s and maternity items to families in collaboration with organizations helping families in our area. Case managers from partner agencies assess the needs of the family, request the items from EBC, pick up and deliver them to the family.  EBC serves as a diaper bank, a clothing bank, and a food source.
EBC leverages the impact of direct service providers by providing essential goods to the families they are helping.  We practice good stewardship of resources through smart purchasing in bulk, reliance on volunteers and in-kind donations, including donated warehouse space. EBC is the major source of baby food, formula, diapers, cribs and car seats for local food banks in King, Kitsap, and west Pierce counties.  They are currently looking for volunteers and donations.