Giving Back To Denver Families Who Can't Afford Diapers
We believe that strong relationships are the key to building superior homes. From architects and engineers to our skilled construction workers and contractors, we know that relationships are the foundation of every successful home build. That’s why we support Weecycle, a Denver-based nonprofit working hard to improve the lives of local families in need. They collect, “weecycle” and match essential baby gear to families through partner organizations focused on alleviating poverty, homelessness, domestic violence, teen pregnancy and under-employment. By “weecycling” baby gear, they help keep children clean and safe and contribute to a healthier environment for their future.
Diaper for Diaper Match
Last fall, we partnered with the Denver community to match diaper for diaper during the Diaper Need Awareness Week. With the help of our tremendously generous community, we helped donate nearly 10,000 diapers to Colorado families. This year, we’re matching diaper for diaper for every diaper donated and have doubled our goal for a grand total of 20,000 diapers donated.
Diaper Need Facts
- 1 out of every 5 babies is born into poverty
- Safety net programs, such as W.I.C. and food
stamps, do NOT cover the costs of diapers.
- An adequate supply of disposable diapers
can cost up to $80 per month.
- Many babies are often forced to spend the
entire day or longer in a single diaper,
because the family cannot afford to buy an
HOW TO HELP: DONATE THE WHOLE MONTH OF SEPTEMBER
Diaper Need Awareness Week is in September and we can help!
Renovar Construction is 1 of the 38 partnerships committed to a diaper drive for WeeCycle. Please drop off diapers and or baby gear you are ready to get rid of, or contact us to arrange a pickup.
Diapers and baby gear will be dropped off to WeeCycle. Donations will be accepted at:
20 Wedge Way
Littleton, CO 80123
Don’t want to go to the store? Buy diapers from Amazon.com and ship to the address above.
More Diaper Needs Facts
In Colorado, the average monthly supply of diapers costs approximately $80. For many of us, that’s not only an expense we can afford, but one we hardly consider when we’re shopping for groceries or grabbing a morning cup of coffee. A family of four in Colorado who is living at the poverty level (federally defined as earning at or below $24,000 annually), however, spends upwards of 10% of their income on diapers! Families are forced to allocate money for diapers among other necessary expenses, such as food or household bills. It becomes a choice between cleanliness and hygiene, versus basic nutrition and running water.
Currently, temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) is the only federal program that provides families with funding to spend on diapers (programs like food stamps and WIC do not allow funds to be used to purchase diapers). For a family comprised of one parent and two children, the maximum benefit they can receive from TANF (in Colorado) is $462. While that may sound like enough to cover diapers, it must also cover expenses such as rent, clothing, transportation, heating, electricity, water bills, among others. Factor in that both children in the family may be in diapers, and TANF doesn’t go nearly far enough. Without enough money for diapers, 8% of families report reusing dirty diapers — exposing their children to health risks and rashes because they need to eat.
The families that WeeCycle serves are the same families grappling with these impossible decisions. Without diapers, babies cannot attend daycare, without daycare parents cannot return to work, and thus the cycle continues.
September 24, 2018, marks the beginning of Diaper Need Awareness Week. This is an initiative geared toward raising awareness around the insufficient supply of diapers for low-income families, as well as mobilizing and connecting those who can help, with those that need help. WeeCycle has successfully fostered this connection in the past, and aims to do so as a part of this initiative.
To learn more, click here.