May 27, 2020

EBC Update

Helping in the time of COVID-19

The foundation and heart of EBC is and always has been the community…that’s YOU. It is so important for all of us to follow public health guidelines as we have these last several weeks, but it is lonely without you. We hope you are well, and finding good ways during “Stay at Home, Stay Healthy,” to connect with your family and friends, perhaps learn a new skill, and help others as possible.
EBC is paying close attention to the Governor’s phased re-opening plans. Your health and safety are guiding our decisions about volunteering and the acceptance of donated goods.

Volunteering:

Limited, temporary, volunteering opportunities for older teens and adults (maximum 4 people at one time) are available at the Issaquah Hub on Thursday afternoons and Monday evenings, beginning May 21. For more information, please click here.

Individual volunteering can be arranged by appointment by emailing Madeline Fish, Director of Programs & Operations, at madelinef@babycorner.org.
Additional at home volunteering opportunities available. Please contact Mara Kealey, Development Associate, at marak@babycorner.org, or Madeline at madelinef@babycorner.org.

Accepting Donations:

EBC is not able to accept your donations of used goods at any of the Hubs at this time.
We look forward to welcoming all our community volunteers and accepting your donations as soon as it can be safely done.

2x4 For Families

EBC has stayed open during the crisis, providing thousands of orders of essentials for kids every week. By the end of April, our shelves were becoming so empty that we knew we would soon have to say “no” to requests for shoes or books or diapers. We heard from so many of you about your desire to help others.

We took that to heart and on Saturday, May 2, you blew us away at our 2x4 for Families Community Collection Event. The 2x4 event was a special opportunity for EBC and Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank (IFCB) to collect much needed items in no-contact, socially distanced, and safely managed drive. We held the donated items for 72+ hours before sorting, and are following best-practice guidelines for handling all the donations from the drive.

During the event EBC and IFCB volunteers greeted 565 cars in 4 hours, receiving tons (literally) of donations. Wow! Thank you!
Your outpouring of good will (and goods!) is powering EBC in this time of rising need.

Let us know how you are doing! Send an email to helenr@babycorner.org to share your thoughts or ask questions about EBC.

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