For the Children

Baby Corner 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 experiencing homelessness, poverty, or family disruption.

Basic Essentials for a Healthy Start in Life

Kids, ages birth through 12, get shoes, diapers, formula, blankets, coats, and much more from Baby Corner, and our service partners.

Baby Corner also provides for expectant and postpartum mothers, supplying maternity wear, personal care goods, and mother-infant support items.

Kids are warm, healthy, safe, and better prepared to fulfill their own potential because of Baby Corner.

We Help the Helpers

More than 70 school districts, health & human service organizations, early learning centers, and food banks are in the Baby Corner collaborative network.  Counselors, nurses, case managers, teachers can order each week for the children and families in their program, delivering customized orders of clothing, diapers, shoes, school supplies, and more.  Service partners can concentrate their resources and expertise on supporting families, not on collecting goods.

Community Up

People in our communities donate most of the clothing, baby gear, toys, and books. More goods come from community collection drives and events. Baby Corner buys crucial supplies, including those we guarantee to provide: baby food, formula, car seats, pack n’ play beds, and diapers.

Volunteers are at the heart of Baby Corner’s service, donating thousands of hours each year.

 

Regional Impact

Through three Hubs + Opportunity Gateway mobile distribution, our services are accessible to families at over 200 locations in the Central Puget Sound Region.

Our Vision

We imagine a world where all children are healthy, safe and prepared to build their own futures.

Our Mission

Baby Corner helps kids reach their full potential tomorrow by meeting basic needs today.

147,194

In 2020:

Provided 147,194 orders of essential items valued at $3.5 million dollars, at no cost to the family or to our agency partners.

11,501

In 2020:

Served 11,501 children and expectant mothers in Central Puget Sound

1.6M

In 2020:

Provided 1,617,575 diaper changes, an increase of 47% over 2019

1.8M

In 2020:

Provided 1,807,600 diaper wipes

5.5K

In 2020:

Provided almost 16,000 days of nourishment for infants, distributing 5,469 cans of formula

7.5K

In 2020:

Provided 6,960 big bundles of clothing, books, & toys, 533 bundles for newborns, and 162 maternity clothing bundles

1.3K

In 2020:

Provided 1,366 car seats

238

In 2020:

Expanded services, opening access to Baby Corner assistance at 238 service partner locations in 5 counties

1,571

In 2020:

Volunteers contributed an average of 1,571 hours each month...pre-COVID the average was more than 2,700 hours each month

Our History

Baby Corner was founded in 1990 by Karen Ridlon. Her background as a 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 Baby Corner.  Over the past 31 years, Baby Corner has grown from Karen’s dining room to three locations in King and Kitsap counties.

Baby Corner’s Central Hub is located in Issaquah, WA. The Northshore Hub began operating in 2015, moving into its present Kenmore location in 2017.  West Sound’s Hub was launched by a team of volunteers, opening in 2016 in Bremerton. Rowley Properties has provided Baby Corner’s Central Hub a home in Issaquah for three decades.

Starting in 2008, Baby Corner transitioned from an all-volunteer organization to one with more sustainable governance and financial structure.

Organizational Beliefs

We believe…

…providing basic needs alleviates the impacts of poverty and crisis, helping children to reach their potential.

…we have more impact collectively than individually – together we build community and care for one another.

…engaging the vibrant diversity in our communities, with a focus on inclusion and equity, strengthens our community and organization.

…we help more children when we make the most of our collective resources.