Michelle Old first began thinking about diaper need when her infant son faced severe enough diaper rashes that he was hospitalized three to five times a month. “I had heard about diaper need, but I didn’t understand it until we were changing him 15-20 times a day, and he was still very sick.”
After a particularly difficult hospital stay, Old came home and announced she wanted to create a diaper bank.
In January 2013, she founded the Diaper Bank of North Carolina. She hoped to distribute 50,000 diapers that year. Today, the Diaper Bank distributes 50,000 diapers every month. “We distribute through organizations who are already doing great work with families,” Old explains. “We consider ourselves a support organization.”
The Diaper Bank’s reach is broad: they serve the Triangle, eight counties in the Greater Triad area, and the Lower Cape Fear region. The need is critical, but diapers are not covered by government assistance programs. “One in three families experience diaper need in our community,” Old says. “The majority of families accessing our diapers are working families.”
The Diaper Bank of North Carolina received its very first grant from Doing Good in the Neighborhood. “I wrote a grant for shelves, labels, paper, and a printer—the basic things we needed. We got a yes, and it made our work so much easier and better.”
Watch the video above to meet Old and learn more about the Diaper Bank.
The Diaper Bank of North Carolina is just one of the organizations supported through the Community Care Fund, a competitive grant-making fund available to Triangle nonprofits. The Community Care Fund is made possible by Duke employees through Duke’s Doing Good in the Neighborhood. To learn more about the employee giving campaign and make a donation, visit doinggood.duke.edu.