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January 19, 2013

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1 previous review
June 4, 2010

I started volunteering at WestSide Baby about 4 years ago and have been committed to it ever since. What I see in the orders we receive is so much need and this continues to grow as the economy is in... more

January 19, 2013

I've been volunteering at Westside Baby for about 6 years. I saw an ad in the West Seattle Herald and had been looking for a volunteer opportunity. We provide clothing, diapers and toys through about 100 social service agencies in King County and surrounding areas. Most of our items are donated, although occasionally I'm given an amount of money to spend on especially needed items (boys pants sizes 4-12) so I go shopping, usually at the Value Village up in Everett as they have the most amazing supply of pants. When I arrive at the cash register with a shopping cart of pants, the cashier asks what I'm up to and I get to tell the story of WestSide Baby. We have a great group of volunteers who come regularly. The volume of requested items is amazing, many from people who have just arrived in this country or lost everything in a fire. It feels great to have a "hands on" job and I look forward to being there three times a week.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

A lot

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2013

June 4, 2010

I started volunteering at WestSide Baby about 4 years ago and have been committed to it ever since. What I see in the orders we receive is so much need and this continues to grow as the economy is in such difficulty. I helped organize a "sew-in" last year when we had a huge donation of fleece, and we made over 100 each blankets and baby wraps. We have a great group of volunteers, lots of comraderie and many laughs. Come along and give us a hand.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Seeing the smiles on the social workers face when we can provide just what their clients need.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Knowing that the needy kids out there are getting some really nice clothes, beds, diapers, books and toys.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Interesting, funny. We support each other when things are rough and laugh as much as we can

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Buy carseats and portacribs and high chairs and strollers for all the orders we receive!!!!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

November 16, 2011

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1 previous review
November 15, 2010

This is by far one of the best places to volunteer to help needy mothers and their children. The amount of work done by volunteers and staff together is amazing! There is nothing finer than knowing th... more

November 16, 2011

Westside Baby is a miraculous place. They provide needy parents with essential baby equipment plus diapers. All equipment has been donated by a generous West Seattle community. Through service providers like DSHS and the West Seattle Food Bank, just to name a few, these people are the link between the public and Westside Baby. They order for their clients and Westside Baby fulfills their order. Thousands of children have been helped by Westside Baby.

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Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

November 15, 2010

This is by far one of the best places to volunteer to help needy mothers and their children. The amount of work done by volunteers and staff together is amazing! There is nothing finer than knowing the work you do will improve the life of a struggling mother and her children. Thanks to the giving community also, as none of this would be possible without them. Knowing a child won't sit in a dirty diaper due to poverty, helps one sleep a little better at night. WestSide Baby Rocks!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I also volunteer as a provider of these items within a local food bank. I am lucky to be able to offer a mom that much needed car seat and bag of diapers for her child.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I wouldn't change a thing, they have what it takes to get the job done with help from generous donations from caring individuals within our community. Thank you!

May 30, 2010
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May 30, 2010
1 person found this review helpful

This charity is so well known in West Seattle for all the good work they do. They host a lovely tea and do a fantastic job of making it so easy to donate goods and services. It is alwayt rewarding to work with this non profit.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing supplies go out to mothers and children who desperately need them.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 30, 2010

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May 30, 2010

I was first introduced to WestSide Baby by being invited to their Annual Benefit Tea six years ago. Pregnant, with my second child, I watched a slideshow about a mother who had received items from WSB. The mother only agreed to let the photographer come, if she could have copies of the pictures. Her baby was close to one and she didn't have a single picture of her baby. -- Her story moved me to tears as I thought of all the photo albums that I had filled in a short time with my first daughter. In that moment I became committed to the mission of WestSide Baby. I started out doing laundry worked my way up to Board Chair. I am impressed daily by simple acts that have such a profound impact. WestSide Baby has grown from a small organization into a well oiled machine that continues to evolve. It is still small, but it is mighty and reaching more and more children every year. Donated items hardly spend much time on the shelves at WSB. Sometimes items go out the same day they came in. It is an amazing organization and the people who volunteer there are a joy to be around.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

hearing the many stories about the families that are so appreciative of the things they receive, or how being given the basics gave them the ability to focus on things that helped them better their overall situation.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

GROW! -- I dream of a space large enough to accomodate more volunteers and more donated items. I wish for more shelves filled with every size of clothing and diapers. I look forward to the day that every request for basic needs are filled.

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

how easy it is to make a difference.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

simply amazing. Over the years I've gotten to know some remarkable women and everyone has a different talent to share. From the women who sort and package orders, to the fundraising teams and board. It's an inspiring group of women and men.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

keep babies dry and happy, take some of the worry away from those who have nothing, keep children safer with car seats and crib. WestSide Baby could also share their knowledge and help others start diaper banks in their own communities.

Ways to make it better...

I could deliver car loads diapers every week to WestSide Baby!

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

having enough diapers, car seats and cribs to distribute in this growing time of need.

One thing I'd also say is that...

WestSide Baby is a great place to volunteer. They are happy to have you come in once and a while, as a group or every week. There is something for everyone and anyone is welcome!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 29, 2010

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May 29, 2010

Tell your story here and help others understand this charity I was looking for a great volunteer and was invited to a high Tea to help fund the west Side Baby. Even though i was unable to make a donation in money i have decided to make a donation in my time. They are really trying to help out people with diapers, clothes and cribs - i am hoping this fall to do a diaper drive with our school.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

the amount of diapers that they are able to give away each month. They are also able to donate clothing to people who can not afford to buy much needed items.

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If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would want to help them with more creative ways to collect diapers. Maybe with more fun events with diapers as the entrance fee?

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What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

I was really moved by the High Tea i was at - it made me want to help with volunteering.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

awesome - and really cared about helping the community.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

help provide diapers for more families in our area - and a great BIG space to house everything in.

Ways to make it better...

nothing would have made it better.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

trying to have diapers each month for all the need that is in our community.

One thing I'd also say is that...

I hope they keep on growing.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 27, 2010

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May 27, 2010

WestSide Baby is a growing, nonprofit organization in Seattle that operates one of the city's only "diaper banks" and collects previously owned items for children and babies and distributes these goods free of charge to South King County families in need. Since opening in 2001, they've distributed over $6 million worth of goods. In 2009, they served more than 15,000 children by working with 100+ agency partners and the need keeps just getting bigger! I've had the privilege of serving on the WestSide Baby board since 2007 but was an avid supporter dating back to its birth. I felt the call to action after attending my first WestSide Baby Benefit tea and hearing a survival story of a desperate mother and her 3-day old child who lived in her car just blocks from where I live. The fact that she had to wrap toilet paper around her newborn because she was not able to purchase diapers with food stamps or through the WIC program was heart-wrenching. Every child deserves to have their basic needs met. WestSide Baby provides us all with the wonderful opportunity to help make a difference in our neighbors’ lives by helping provide for some of these basic essentials like clothes, toys/supplies, and diapers. I am thankful for the support WestSide Baby provides to our community but the need is still not met and grows everyday. This organization has grown exponentially over the last few years but still needs to grow even more to try to meet the need. Under the strong leadership and vision of Executive Director Nancy Woodland, WestSide Baby has been proactive in getting their infrastructure ready and poised to reach out and help more families. With the community's support, WestSide Baby will be able to reach out further than ever before!

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

countless ways...From my interactions with the dedicated volunteers who sort the unending pile of donations and fill the growing number of orders for the 100+ agency partners, hearing success stories of clients (both from the agencies and first-hand), etc

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

May 27, 2010

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May 27, 2010

I believe in WestSide Baby because I know that children in my neighborhood need essentials like diapers and clothes. As the one place where these are distributed free of charge to this region, I know they are filling a significant gap. I've always had a soft spot for children, but that commitment grew exponentially when my wife and I had our twin boys. The thought of a baby not having a clean diaper or a safe crib or car seat just breaks my heart. Desiring to do something to help babies and children, in general, I found WestSide Baby and approached the Executive Director about getting involved. One thing I look for in the non-profits I work with is an organization that uses every dollar as if it's their last and WestSide Baby epitomizes this. They make a huge impact in the community with limited resources and a whole lot of effort. I'm looking forward to being a part of this organization for a long time. Nancy Woodland, the Executive Director, is sold out on the mission of helping children and a great manager of the business. She is decisive yet always open to input and ideas. The challenge for WestSide Baby going forward is to keep up with the increased need as well as increased donations utilizing a small space. They need to think bigger in order to impact more children.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

... hearing about how WestSide Baby helped a woman who was greatly in need a few years ago with diapers and other supplies and who is now on her feet and very successful.

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How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

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Sort children's clothing, package diapers for distribution, organize toys, host a diaper drive, shop for our most needed items, or help with fundraising events.