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Would you rather diaper your baby's bottom or give them a bath?

No parent should have to make a decision like that when caring for their baby, yet 1 in 3 families will find themselves agonizing over similar situations.

Baby wellness items, including but not limited to diapers, wipes, diaper cream, and bath wash, are necessary to provide a healthy start in life.  Unfortunately, for already struggling families, these items are not covered by WIC or SNAP.  The restricted access to these items only jeopardize the health and wellness of some of our most vulnerable residents who cannot help themselves – infants and children.  Thus, the Community Baby Shower, a new program launched in 2017 by the United Way of Will County and run by Women United, fulfills the baby wellness item gap between SNAP and WIC for struggling Will County families.

Additional information about the need for baby wellness items:

  •  The average middle-income family will spend $12,350 annually on child-related expenses in their baby’s first two years of life.  - USDA report
  • The Poverty Line for a family of four in IL is $24,600.  This means, a family of four, with a total income of $24,600 (the FT equivalent of $11.83/hour) is considered to be living in poverty.
  • Poverty can cause stress.  Stress can cause both mental and physical health related issues.  For expecting mothers, stress can also impact the health of their unborn child.
  • WIC (Women Infant Children) is a subsidized food assistance program that helps at-risk and poverty-stricken families eat well and stay healthy; however, this program does NOT cover baby wellness items such as diapers, wipes, baby wash, diaper cream, or even bottles.
  • The nearest Diaper Drive Network is in Tinley Park, but it supports Cook County. 
  • St. Louis is the Will County, IL affiliate, and often times, ample time is not provided for local organizations to make the trip when supplies is available.
  • 1 in 3 parents will have to choose between diapers or food.

Program Details

  • This program is run by United Way of Will County’s Women United.
  •  Full sized, new product donations needed

o   Diapers – all sizes

o   Diaper Wipes

o   Diaper Cream

o   Baby Wash

o   Baby Lotion

o   Bottles

o   Infant Thermometers

  •  Items are packed into Baby Bundles (a baby wellness kit) during the Community Baby Shower Event taking place in the fall of 2018.
  • Community and county-wide partnerships for a Baby Bundle Network are currently being established. This network of partnerships will cross community/organizational boundaries and aid in the distribution of the baby bundles to those in need.
  • United Way of Will County has developed resources and tools to organize a donation drive, themed as a baby shower that can be used by organizations, community groups, or individuals just looking to help.

o   Baby Shower Flier   

o   Shower Invitation 1        

o   Shower Invitation 2       

o   Shower Invitation 3 

o   Baby Shower Product Wish List

  •  For questions on the Community Baby Shower, to join our movement, or inquire about becoming part of the Baby Bundle Network, please contact Sarah Oprzedek 815-723-2500 x107

Community Action Team will begin meeting in April to plan for the Community Baby Shower.

Wednesday, April 25th, 2018
5:30 - 6:30 PM
Big Red Room
Lewis Memorial Hall (Student Union)
1 University Pkwy,Romeoville, IL 60446



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