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The Diaper Alliance

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Causes: Human Service Organizations, Human Services

Mission: Our mission is to bridge the gap in public assistance by providing a consistent and reliable supply of diapers to the financially vulnerable members of our community through a network of partner agencies.

Results: Between 9-1-10 and 09/26/14 we have donated over 650,000 diapers to our nonprofit partner agencies who work with families in crisis. In 2014 we expect to provide over 400,000! We are working toward providing one-million diapers to the families in the Great Lakes Bay Region and beyond in 2015!

Target demographics: Low-income, children, senior citizens, disabled children and adults, non-profit agencies

Direct beneficiaries per year: Each month we provide 60 diapers to over 700 babies!

Geographic areas served: Serving families in Midland, Saginaw, Bay and Clare counties

Programs: We provide diapers and wipes to our Partner Agencies who work with families in need. The diapers are given to their registered clients.

Community Stories

32 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I'm beyond thankful for the work that The Diaper Alliance does. They have helped our family and many others! They're always very helpful and understanding.

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Heart, vision, and implementation are beyond reproach. Founder Debi Keyes is the soul of the organization but her enthusiastic personality is a magnet for hundreds who come alongside her to assist. Highly recommend!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Diaper Alliance provides an invaluable service to our community and does so with joy! A privilege to work alongside founder, Debi Keyes, in this mission to serve "the least of these."

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

It was many years ago when I was home on break that my mom and I went to the grocery store. You could tell that she was thinking really hard about something, and she finally just said, " I really want to pay for someones diapers and groceries. If we see someone who seems to be struggling, I want to help them, and bless them." Thinking only of myself, and my ego at the time, I told her how mortified I would be if a stranger at the store thought I needed help. I told her she shouldn't do it, and on that shopping trip, she didn't.

Flash forward, and my mom, Debi Keyes, founded The Diaper Alliance. You see, her helping people wasn't just a passing whim where she wanted to do something good for one day. It is a defining part of her character, who she is. She hasn't always had the easiest of life, and instead of making her jaded to the world, it filled her with more compassion than most people I know.

Another thing I didn't realize the day when she first mentioned to me that she wanted to help someone out, was the huge need in our community. Living in Chicago now, I always used to joke to people that Midland was basically a gated community. I was blessed that I never went without anything growing up, so I couldn't even imagine, or see what was right in front of me. Since starting The Diaper Alliance, I've heard stories of people who had to let their child sit in a used diaper all day because they couldn't afford more to change it. People who had to let their child go without diapers, and they would just have to clean up after them when they went to the bathroom. Seniors would wet themselves in public, and just have to manage, because Depends were a luxury they couldn't afford. Things a lot people couldn't even imagine were others realities.

The Diaper Alliance has made it possible for thousands of families to obtain crucial items for survival. Things most people take for granted are a Godsend when The Diaper Alliance supplied them to other non-profit agencies for distribution. I've seen my mom go through business classes to learn how to run a non-profit, work for years without ever being paid, and I have even helped her fill up her car to overflow with diapers to move to a different location. I have seen her work countless hours a day to make sure that The Diaper Alliance can continue supplying local families, even when she's tired, sick, having dinner, on the other line... it doesn't matter. She found a need, she heard a call to action, and she has risen.

The Diaper Alliance has done more than just be a supplier of a much-needed product. It has opened a communities eyes who viewed Midland much like I used to. It is absolutely mind-boggling that people so close to home could be in such need. Well, unfortunately, they are. The Diaper Alliance continues to need the support of the community in order to function, and be able to help the families in our community that need assistance. I am proud of my mom, and the fact that The Diaper Alliance has been helping to change families, one diaper at a time.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

TDA is a unique service to this area and is a great asset to the communities it serves. I've had the opportunity of working with Debi, the Founder and Executive Director, on a college civic engagement project. She's one of the most wonderful people I've ever met and she really cares about her community. I earned 110% on my project and TDA collected about 500 diapers. It was a win, win and I'm so glad I chose TDA for my project. I look forward to volunteering for them in the future!

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I learned of The Diaper Alliance when I participated in a charity dance-off in 2014, and it was our charitable partner. Prior to then, I had no idea of the incredible need in our area for this service. Debi has made GREAT STRIDES to bring this need to the public, and make sure that she helps EVERY CHILD POSSIBLE!

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Diaper Alliance in conjunction with Beacon of Light helps me every month with diapers. Through their program I also purchase gently used baby clothes with points I earn by showing up, completing some homework and watching an educational video.
Any amount of help with diapers is greatly appreciated.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization is run with the highest levels of integrity and care. The Diaper Alliance team cares deeply about their mission and continually seeks new, creative ways to serve their community well.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have volunteered with this organization and love the passion they have for helping the community.

1

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Diaper Alliance is a fantastic organization dedicated to assisting some of the most vulnerable members of our community.

1

Client Served

Rating: 5

Becoming a Regional Partner has helped Clare County Baby Pantry get more diapers to our clients each month. We were giving out 10 diapers a week and are now giving out 20 diapers a week. We also expanded our inventory so we can give out size 6 diapers. We do have to buy diapers to have enough diapers to give out.

Crystal71

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Everyone, especially young parent's need help from time to time, I know we did! Keep up the good work!

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

The diaper alliance is amazing. I've personally seen many families from out early childhood center and in the community benefit from this agency. This service is s blessing to many and our community is incredibly grateful to Debbie Keyes and all who volunteer and support this agency.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I have been volunteering here for over a year now and it has been a wonderful experience! The organization is run by amazing and caring people and helps so many. I will continue volunteering here as long as they will have me!

Advisor

Rating: 5

The Diaper Alliance does an amazing job providing diapers to agencies in Midland, Saginaw, Bay City, and Clare that serve low-income families and seniors.

Client Served

Rating: 5

I have only used the service once, but it was a time I really needed the extra help. Am thankful for this, knowing I can return if need be. Staff was very friendly and helpful.

1 Samantha50

Client Served

Rating: 5

Very loving and friendly staff all working twords one goal. Great to be able to walk in and not feel ashamed for needing help. This is such a great group and a great thing they work to achieve. Me and my family are so greatful!!

1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This nonprofit helped tremendously with my grand baby. We could not all afford to keep her in diapers. What a blessing at a time in need!

1 Arielle H.

Client Served

Rating: 5

The diaper alliance really helped me in time of need when I got laid off of my job and helped provide diapers for my baby when I needed it most! Wonderful organization :D

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Donor

Rating: 5

I'm a volunteer for an organization that works with single parent teens. Most of these young women are going to school and working to provide for their children. The Diaper Alliance provides diapers to these young moms, and I've seen firsthand, how appreciative they are! They feel very blessed that 1) someone cares about their children, and 2) The Diaper Alliance helps relieve some of their financial strain. Many of these moms have volunteered at The Diaper Alliance to show their appreciation. The Diaper Alliance is a wonderful & much needed organization! It is full of committed and compassionate people, and our community is better because of them!

1

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Diaper Alliance fills an unmet need and helps many families with children, seniors and people with disabilities! Its diligence and eagerness to serve families in need is a blessing to the community!

1

Donor

Rating: 5

Diapers are often the hardest thing for single parents to provide for their children and are as essential as the food they eat. The stories I have heard about what this wonderful organization does for babies in need are incredible. Without the Diaper Alliance, those stories would not have the positive outcome that always comes with their involvement. This alliance fills a void that other assistance programs have not been able to fill. They always go above and beyond for babies in need.

1 Ruth48

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Diaper Alliance has made it possible for the Pregnancy Counseling Center in Saginaw to consistently help our client moms and babies with this very basic need. Many do not have laundry facilities, so cloth diapers aren't an option and because we receive more diapers from the Diaper Alliance than we would usually have donated, the help we give is increased. Debi's dedication and hard work for this cause and the free help it provides make the Diaper Alliance worthy of support, both in dollars and in volunteer hours.

1 Christie K.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

My children and I have volunteered for the Diaper Alliance, and not only have we had fun doing so, we've been astounded by the impact on the community. The executive director has grown the non-profit in order to help more families, and her passion is so evident! We look forward to volunteering more in the future!
Christie Kanitz

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Donor

Rating: 5

The Diaper Alliance assists families to diaper their babies and children. They are a valuable asset to our Midland Community. The director, board and volunteers work to ensure the diaper supply is ready and available.

Pam_78

Client Served

Rating: 5

As the Director of Counseling at the Pregnancy Counseling Center, Saginaw, regional partner with The Diaper Alliance, I can truly say that the steady supply of diapers for our clients provided by this organization has had a positive impact on both our clients' lives and our Ministry. I hope that The Diaper Alliance will continue to gain public awareness for this pressing need and that their support base will continue to grow. I look forward to the day that all our clients' diaper needs can be met with help from The Diaper Alliance.

Evelyn12

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I am enormously impressed with the passion and dedication of this small but incredibly efficient organization in helping those most vulnerable with diapers. They preserve dignity and help promote a healthy environment for infants, toddlers and dependent adults with incontinence. Money is very well spent!

Advisor

Rating: 5

I was a single mom who struggled with buying diapers. I often had to wash cloth ones out by hand, and than hang to dry. Laundry mats won't let you wash cloth ones there and day care centers require disposable diapers. There was no help back when mine were young and only the Diaper Bank now. There is need right here in your Midland community!

2

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Diapers are one of the things that mothers can't get with their bridge card, they are very expensive and you can't do without them. Getting diapers from the Diaper Bank means that the people who come to our food pantry, not only get food, but diapers too!

Donor

Rating: 5

I organized a diaper drive at my place of employment. Midland Community Diaper Bank provided me with great ideas and resources on how to get started. Our collection was a success, and I would definately work with them again.

1 Ellizabeth P.

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Midland Community Diaper Bank has been providing FREE diapers to our clients for a year. They have been a blessing to our clients and babies. Pregnancy Aid has a 24 hour volunteer-staffed hotline, and we serve women and their families in need in Midland and neighboring counties. We have been able to meet every request for diapers, due to the support of the Midland Community Diaper Bank.

1

Board Member

Rating: 5

The Midland Community Diaper Bank has been delivering FREE diapers to Partner Agencies since September, 2010. In just 13 months, over 90,000 diapers have been delivered to the agencies and provided to the clients they serve, in financial crisis!

The Diaper Bank does not give diapers to individuals; only to agencies that have partnered with us. Our partner agencies are: DHS, Salvation Army, Caregiving Network, Cancer Services, Head Start, all the Midland Family Centers, Emergency Food Pantry Network, Early On, Senior Services, Pregnancy Resource Center, Pregnancy Aid and Shelterhouse.

It has been a pleasure to work with our partner agencies and their staff. They work daily, with servant hearts, providing for those who are less fortunate.

It has also been very humbling to find out that diapers ARE an unmet need, and to hear stories of how families get by without an adequate supply of diapers. (Scraping waste out of diapers and taping them back on, drying out wet diapers to re-use them, and using rags and plastic wrap are only a few stories I have heard.)

I would like to thank all of our donors, either named or anonymous. Without you, the Diaper Bank would not have survived our first full year!