Oswego County Early Childhood Alliance Receives $17,500 in Grants to Establish Oswego County Diaper Bank

OSWEGO COUNTY – The Oswego County Early Childhood Alliance (OCECA) at Integrated Community Planning of Oswego County (ICPOC) is thrilled to announce the receipt of two significant grants totaling $17,500 aimed at launching the Oswego County Diaper Bank. This initiative, made possible through a $2,500 Excellus BlueCross BlueShield Health and Wellness Award and a $15,000 Richard S. Shineman Foundation Strategic Grant, marks a crucial step forward in addressing a pressing community need.

The Excellus BCBS funding recognizes the OCECA’s commitment to promoting health and well-being in Oswego County. The $2,500 grant will support the establishment and initial operations of the Diaper Bank, ensuring that families facing economic challenges have access to essential infant hygiene products. “We’re proud to have this opportunity to assist the OCECA in providing this much-needed service to families in Oswego County,” says Mark Muthumbi, Excellus BCBS regional president, Central New York region. “Like the OCECA, we are committed to helping families in our communities have access to the care and resources they need, so that they can live healthier, more secure lives.”

Additionally, the $15,000 Strategic Grant through the Richard S. Shineman Foundation highlights their dedication to enhancing the quality of life for Oswego County residents. This grant will provide critical funding to sustain and expand the Oswego County Diaper Bank’s reach, aiming to alleviate financial burdens for families struggling to afford diapers for their infants and toddlers. Chena Tucker, Director for the Richard S. Shineman Foundation, added, “Supporting initiatives like the Oswego County Diaper Bank is imperative because it directly impacts the well-being and quality of life for families in our community. By alleviating the financial stress associated with essential needs, we are helping to create a healthier, more supportive environment for our children to thrive. It is simply the right thing to do.”

“We are incredibly grateful to Excellus BCBS and the Richard S. Shineman Foundation for their generous support,” said Sidney Carter, Coordinator of the Oswego County Early Childhood Alliance. “These grants will enable us to implement the Oswego County Diaper Bank, fulfilling a critical need in our community. Access to diapers is not only about basic hygiene but also about ensuring the health, dignity, and well-being of our youngest residents and their families.”

The Oswego County Diaper Bank will collaborate with local agencies, nonprofit organizations, and community partners to distribute diapers and provide educational resources to families in need. By addressing this fundamental need, the Diaper Bank aims to reduce stress on families and promote healthy child development.

To make a referral to the Diaper Bank, families can call 211 and ask for Help Me Grow.

For more information about the Oswego County Diaper Bank or to learn how you can support this initiative, please contact Sidney Carter at (315) 343-2344, Ext. 113 or [email protected].

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