Working Together for Kids
In this photo: Nancy Piombo, on the left, and Erica Parmelee, both with Communities in Schools of Renton, share the reasons they, as Provider Partners love Eastside Baby Corner.
Working Together for Kids
Ever wonder how Eastside Baby Corner gets your donations of children’s items, and the supplemental items we purchase with your financial gifts, to the children who need them? You may not know this, but at EBC we do not give items to children directly. Instead, we work with a group of social services agencies, which we call Provider Partners, who identify families living in poverty in crisis, assess their needs and order from EBC on their behalf. This process allows the front-line workers to use items from EBC as part of an over all life-betterment plan. Often our partners are able to use items from EBC to ‘get a foot in the door’ and begin working with families who need help but might not ask. We invite you to view the complete process here. In the meantime, we’d like to share this recent letter from a client. It exemplifies the importance of the relationships we have with out provider partners, as well as the ways we are changing lives by working together for kids.
A recent client letter
After unexpectedly getting custody of my relative’s 18-month-old son, I needed help finding resources in order for me to be able to care for him. I called Nancy Piombo, the family liaison at Lakeridge Elementary because she has helped my family before on several occasions. Nancy told me she would get in contact with Eastside Baby Corner and by the time I returned home the next day, there were so many items left on my porch. I was speechless … overwhelmed with gratitude, and before I knew it, I was in tears. I just thank God for Nancy and Eastside Baby Corner for helping me and my family. Amir is beyond happy with all of the toys and rocking chair and highchair. It’s hard to pick his favorite because he loves them all.
Thank you so much, Demeca
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