EBC - West Sound
The West Sound branch of EBC (Eastside Baby Corner) is working with local agencies to bring essentials to local children living in poverty or crisis in Kitsap and west Pierce counties. With a considerable coverage area that extends from the Hood Canal Bridge to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, EBC – WS is bringing help and hope to many families living in the West Sound.
The EBC - WS Hub is located at 1463 NE Dawn Road, Suite B in Bremerton.
You can reach us by phone at 360.616.0235, or by email at [email protected].
EBC - WS is open for volunteers and accepting donations:
Mondays: 6:00 p.m.-8:00 p.m.
Thursdays: 9:00 a.m.-11:00 a.m.
Saturdays: 9:00 a.m.-noon
A Step Back in Time - Children's Vintage Fashion Show & Tea:
A benefit for EBC - West Sound, celebrating our first year of serving West Sound families. Featuring local children modeling vintage clothing in the gracious ambience of a bygone era.
Emcee: Dr. Dorothy Ghylin Bennett
Sunday, April 30, 2017 from 1:30 to 3:30 pm at McCormick Woods Clubhouse, 5155 McCormick Woods Drive SW, Port Orchard
Individual tickets: $35 / person
A table for 10: $280
Thank you to our sponsors:
Bradley Scott, Inc.
Kitsap Credit Union
Sound West Group
Kiwanis Club of Gig Harbor
Pacific Asset Management
Clothing by: Ish of Bremerton, Individual Donors,
Historical displays by: Kitsap History Museum, Silverdale Antiques
Flowers by: Tracy Stirrett Merrifield and Columbia Hospitality
Our Most Needed Items:
- Boys' shoes (sizes 12 & 13)
- Boys' boots (sizes 11, 12 & 13)
- Full size cribs
- Toddler beds
- Board books for infants
- Baby shampoo and lotion
- Size 5 and 6 diapers
- Full size strollers (not umbrella)
- Baby monitors
- New pacifiers
- New baby bottle nipples
The need in our area
- Every day thousands of people in Kitsap and north Pierce County struggle to put food on their table.
- Nearly 10% of residents receive Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP) benefits and 12% of local families with children are living below the poverty line. (American Community Survey, US Census).
- 28% of children under age 5 live below the poverty level.
Because of EBC - WS, young children can be nourished and cared for physically, mentally and emotionally.Because of EBC - WS, parents can be relieved of the stresses of providing necessities so they can focus on other matters that affect the family like housing and employment.
Because of EBC - WS, our partners can focus their professional expertise and services on helping children and families make progress toward self-sufficiency.
How you can help
To support the work of EBC - WS you can help in four vital ways:
- Donate Goods: Donations of new or gently used children’s items are passed on to local families in need. See the most needed item list above.
- Give: Financial donations to EBC are used to purchase diapers, formula, clothes, car seats, and other absolute essentials for children. Learn more about giving here.
- Volunteer Time: Volunteers are the heart of EBC. Find out how to become an EBC - WS volunteer here.
- Host a Drive: The donations collected from store-front and neighborhood drives keep our shelves full of the absolute essentials that kids need to thrive. Learn more about drives here.
Where can I learn more?
To learn more about volunteering at or donating to EBC - West Sound, please contact us at [email protected].
Being Inspired to Change Lives
During his keynote address at the 2014 Helping Kids Thrive luncheon, Dr. Ben de Haan asked the audience, “Why are there not more organizations like Eastside Baby Corner? There should be one in every community!”
Struck by his recognition of the critical role of EBC in the community’s safety net and the need for EBC services in other areas, luncheon guests Barbara Bandoli and Bob Maynard, both Gig Harbor residents, took his words to heart. The two of them encouraged Beverly Kincaid, who lives in Bremerton, to go to an EBC Holiday Open House the month after the luncheon. Beverly caught the fever and the three of them decided to start a new “baby corner” in West Sound. After doing extensive research into the needs of potential partners and into prospective resources, work is now underway to form a branch of EBC, adapted to the unique character of the West Sound region.
In the past, EBC has freely shared our knowledge with other nonprofits, nearby and across the country; over the years, ten organizations learned from us, modeling their operations on EBC. Beverly, Barbara and Bob recognized the most efficient way to duplicate what EBC does is to be EBC. Instead of creating another nonprofit, we are establishing a branch of EBC, sharing our values, culture and business model. The response from our neighbors across the Sound has been overwhelming: social service organizations and schools are thrilled with the possibility of being able to get the clothes, diapers, and formula needed for families in their programs. The new branch will carry forth the mission of giving kids the basics they need not to just survive but to thrive.