It’s a new year – start it off right and get signed up to volunteer!
It’s a new year – be sure to start if off right by signing up to volunteer at EBC! Volunteering is great for so many reasons. It’s always a great way to give back to your community and it is also a great team-building activity. Couples can volunteer together, as well as corporate groups and kids as young as age seven can volunteer with an adult as well.
Volunteering is a great, positive experience for everyone. In addition to our Central Hub in Issaquah, we also have hubs in Kenmore and Bremerton. To get yourself signed up to volunteer at any of our three hubs, click here.
Meet Our Founder – Karen Ridlon
Twenty-five years ago, Karen Ridlon founded Eastside Baby Corner (EBC). A certified Pediatric Nurse Practitioner (University of California, San Francisco, 1972), Karen worked as a Pediatric Nurse Practitioner in California and Washington, working in well child care, newborn care and newborn ICU support for a number of medical groups and doctors. In 1990, Karen founded Eastside Baby Corner to fill an unmet need of parents of newborns who lacked basic supplies for their children.
She is Executive Director Emeritus and a lifetime member of the EBC Board of Directors. Karen has been recognized for her efforts with many volunteer awards, including receiving the Leadership Eastside LENi Community Choice Leadership Award in 2013, Distinguished Member Award for the Washington State Chapter of NAPNAP (National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners) in 2013, Issaquah Schools Foundation Golden Apple Award (2009), and chosen as a UCSF Distinguished Alumni. Karen was a key player in the development of the Issaquah Community Center and has been a tireless contributor to many volunteer efforts over the years including scouting, the public schools, and her church. Karen is the mother of three children and a proud resident of Issaquah, where she lives with her husband.Meet Our Board of Directors and Leadership