For the Children
EBC helps children have what they need to grow, play, learn and thrive. We do this by providing essential care, safety and health goods for children who are living in poverty or experiencing homelessness or family disruption.
Kids, ages birth through 12, get shoes, diapers, formula, blankets, coats and much more from EBC, and our partners. In the EBC partner network are over 50 health and human service organizations, schools, early learning centers and food banks.
EBC also provides for expectant and post-partum mothers, supplying maternity wear, personal care goods and mother-infant support items.
People in our communities donate most of the clothing, baby gear, toys and books. More goods come from community collection drives and events. EBC buys crucial supplies, including those we guarantee to provide: baby food, formula, car seats, pack n’ plays and diapers.
Kids are warm, healthy, safe and better prepared to fulfill their own potential because of EBC.
- EBC served 9,132 children and expectant mothers
- Provided 111,009 orders of essential items valued at 3.6 million dollars, at no cost to family or to our agency partners
- Orders include diapers, formula, baby food, car seats, clothing, shoes, safety items and more
- Goods provided included 1,098,184 diaper changes; 1,692,400 diaper wipes; 5,339 cans of formula; 7,583 Big Bundles of clothing, books & toys; 1,653 car seats; and 201 maternity bundles.
- Assisted children and families in 61 cities and 123 zip codes in central Puget Sound
- Volunteers contributed an average of 2,700 hours each month
We imagine a world where all children are healthy, safe and prepared to build their own futures.
EBC helps kids reach their full potential tomorrow by meeting basic needs today.
History: EBC was founded in 1990 by Karen Ridlon. Her background as pediatric nurse practitioner gave her insight into what kids need for healthy development, and what families need to care for their children. With a broken playpen, a few other donated items, grit, determination, and a community network, Karen started Eastside Baby Corner. Now 30 years later, it is hard to imagine our community without it.
EBC is centered in Issaquah, WA. The Northshore hub began operating in 2015, moving into its present Kenmore location in 2017. EBC – West Sound was launched by a team of volunteers, opening in 2016 in Bremerton. Rowley Properties has provided EBC a home in Issaquah for three decades.
In 2008, we began a transition from an all-volunteer organization to one with a more sustainable governance and financial structure.
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