For the Children
About Eastside Baby Corner (EBC): EBC helps kids thrive by providing basic necessities for children so that EBC’s partners – schools, human service agencies, food banks, hospitals – can help families become stable, safe, housed, fed and employed. Relying on volunteers, EBC takes in donations of children’s clothing and goods from the community and wisely purchases most needed essential supplies for children that we guarantee to provide, including baby food, formula, car seats, pack n’ plays and diapers. The immediate, tangible assistance kids and families receive through EBC provides the tools caregivers need to care for their family, and the essentials kids need to grow up healthy. EBC began 2020 with 54 active agency partners, and through this network of agency partners, more than 1,500 children each month get what they need, when they need it. Because of EBC, children, ages birth through 12 are warm, safe and secure. Founded in 1990, EBC annually distributes more than 110,000 items for kids in the Central Puget Sound region. Volunteers contribute an average of 2,700 hours each month at the Issaquah Hub, EBC – West Sound Hub and EBC – Northshore Hub. Connect with us: find us on Facebook at //facebook.com/eastsidebabycorner. We are also on Twitter and Instagram, handle @babycorner.
The EBC model is built upon strong relationships with our partners and our commitment to collaboration; it has been successfully replicated nationally by six organizations. Our work has been recognized with many awards, including the 2009 Bellevue Chamber of Commerce Eastside Business Award for Non-Profit Community Impact. The Bellevue Rotary Club honored EBC as the non-profit partner for its 2010 gala and auction in support of our Bridge to Sustainability initiative. EBC receives financial support from many of the cities served as well as from private foundations, individuals, businesses, faith-based organizations and civic groups. A team of community leaders joined with the Board to develop a vision and strategic plan to allow EBC to move from an all-volunteer organization to a more sustainable model, set in motion in 2008.We may never see the children who receive the goods we distribute but we know it makes them a little happier and a little more comfortable. Our goal is to be here for the parents trying hard to give their children a better life, for the social workers who wish they could provide more for their clients and for the babies and children who need a full tummy, a warm coat and a safe ride home.
Meet Our Founder – Karen Ridlon
Karen Ridlon founded Eastside Baby Corner (EBC) in 1990. 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. 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