After the flood Acadiana experienced in 2016, Junior League of Lafayette received numerous donations of diapers from other Leagues and individuals from the area offering help. It was at that time our League identified a need in our community and began the process of establishing a Diaper Bank.
Research1 shows that the average cost for one child in diapers is about $80 per month. Low-income families are impacted by the financial cost of diapers, as government assistance programs typically do not cover this cost. Partnering with several local community organizations, Junior League of Lafayette’s Diaper Bank helps to assist those families in need.
Opened in 2019, Junior League of Lafayette’s Diaper Bank program is a community resource providing diapers to families across Acadiana through approved distribution partner agencies. Currently, Junior League of Lafayette collaborates with The Desormeaux Foundation, The Family Tree, Love INC., Seasons The Green Leaf, and United Way of Acadiana, with additional agencies pending. Diapers are donated to Junior League of Lafayette through volunteer efforts and community diaper drives, stored at an office on Our Lady of Lourdes St. Mary Campus, and processed into packages of 25, which is the identified national average diaper shortage per child per month. Committee members then deliver to partner agencies who distribute to clients in need.
With an objective of promoting voluntarism, developing the potential of women, and improving the community through effective action and leadership of trained volunteers, Junior League of Lafayette’s Diaper Bank initiative fulfills each aspect of the mission.
If you or someone you know would like to become a Diaper Bank distribution partner, please contact Junior League of Lafayette at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)
How does Junior League of Lafayette receive diapers?
We accept diaper donations through community diaper drives held periodically during the year. Individuals can also donate directly to the League with prior notification.
Please email email@example.com or call 337. 988.2739 to notify us that you have a diaper donation.
What type of diapers can be donated?
Junior League of Lafayette accepts all children’s diapers in sizes newborn through size 6 as well as pull-ups. Unopened packages – as well as open packs if diapers are in new condition – are accepted.
Does Junior League of Lafayette take/distribute adult diapers?
At this time, Junior League of Lafayette does not accept or distribute adult diapers.
Does Junior League of Lafayette take/distribute wipes?
At this time, Junior League of Lafayette does not accept or distribute wipes.
Where are diapers stored?
Junior League of Lafayette’s Diaper Bank program was generously gifted a rent-free space in a local warehouse storage facility owned by a League member.
How can I receive diapers?
If you or someone you know is in need of diapers, please contact one of our partner agencies. We deliver diaper orders directly to these agencies, who then distribute to clients through their programs.
Junior League of Lafayette Diaper Bank Partner Agencies:
How can my agency become a distribution partner? or my company host a diaper drive?
Please contact our office at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 337. 988.2739 to request information from our Diaper Bank Chair. She will then directly reach out to you with a few simple questions and a contract to complete.
How does my company/group host a diaper drive for Junior League of Lafayette?
Thank you for being interested in helping our Diaper Bank. Please contact our office at email@example.com or call us at 337. 988.2739 to request information from our Diaper Bank Chair on what you need to do to host a diaper drive. She will then directly reach out to you with more information.
How is Junior League of Lafayette’s Diaper Bank funded?
As with all Junior League of Lafayette programs, the Diaper Bank is funded through the generosity of our community sponsors as well as our annual fundraisers – Tinsel & Treasures holiday market and our four award-winning cookbooks. Money raised by the League funds all our community programming including our collaborative opportunity grants that are awards to various nonprofit agencies each year.