Each year many of us are given the opportunity to participate in Workplace Giving through our place of employment. Workplace giving benefits both the community and you, the employee, in several ways.
The community benefits from your gift when the organization you give to has a better understanding of the funding it will have in the coming year. This understanding allows the organization to plan ahead and make the most of contributions.
EBC receives over $60,000 each year through Workplace Giving, with almost half of this from matching corporate funds. We are able to use this money to buy things that we do not receive through community donations, like car seats, pack n’ plays, formula and diapers. We use our ability to buy these items in bulk at a discounted rate, helping us stretch the funds that come in through Workplace Giving.
This is the time of year that many organizations begin their Charitable Giving campaigns. If you have not been to EBC for a tour, please come for a visit and see how we put Workplace Giving funds and other donations to use. Email [email protected] and we will schedule a time for you for a tour.
Workplace Giving is an excellent opportunity for both you and EBC, please consider giving to EBC so that together we can help local kids receive what they need to 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