Make your New Year’s Resolution a little more altruistic this year
Resolve to help local kids thrive by supporting EBC. It’s a decision you’ll feel great about all year long. Here are a few ways you can help:
Donate goods: Make a real impact in children’s lives just by cleaning out your closet.
Volunteer your time: The time you spend volunteering at the EBC Hub will have a real impact on the children in our community.
Host a collection drive: Items collected for EBC will be given directly, and immediately, to children who need them.
Donate money: The money you give provides the absolute essentials (such as food, formula, diapers, car seats, and portacribs) that we know children need, but community donations cannot cover. No matter how large or small, your donations will help kids thrive.
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