LA Diaper Drive is the second largest diaper bank in the country, and has the unique position of being the only diaper bank using diapers as an incentive for attending GED prep and life skills classes. LASVP connected with LA Diaper Drive through the 2011 Social Innovation Fast Pitch, and the organization is now one of our investees.
Since it was founded in 2005, LA Diaper Drive has been run out of Caroline Kunitz’s home, and the family’s two-car garage was the only storage space they had. This was never the most convenient set up, but Caroline was willing to do what she had to in order to help mothers in need.
Caroline says that one of the most memorable days she has had at LA Diaper Drive is the first time a donation of 100,000 diapers showed up at her doorstep. “At that point, we hadn’t even given away that many diapers,” says Caroline, much less tried to store that many all at once. With no volunteers on hand, Caroline, her housekeeper, and the truck driver teamed up to haul all 100,000 diapers up the steep driveway and stack them up in the garage. “We tried putting them in strollers and rolling them up the hill,” Caroline remembers with a chuckle.
Despite the space limitations, LA Diaper Drive has given away over 4 million diapers. Thanks to a connection from LASVP, they look forward to giving away many more in the future. LASVP helped LA Diaper Drive locate a donated warehouse space with a professional loading dock and staff, which will allow them to accept many more donations. Before gaining the warehouse space, the organization was forced to turn big donations away. Thanks to the connection from LASVP, LA Diaper Drive can finally unleash its full potential.
You too can aid this amazing work by donating to LA Diaper Drive through their website. Thanks to connections they have made with the larger community, LA Diaper Drive receives a 75% discount on diapers they purchase. $218 can keep a child properly diapered for a year, and $918 provides a full year of service to both the parent and child.