All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center will be distributing diapers today, September 30, 2021, starting at 3 p.m. at the Crestmont Community Center, according to Center Manager Jess Marchbank. The distribution will coincide with the Bloomington Housing Authority’s weekly food bank distribution.
The Bloomingtonian reached out to Marchbank today, and she said while All-Options distributes diapers and other supplies every Wednesday at the center, the mobile distribution occurring for the first time today is a pilot program. Marchbank is attempting to reach people who may not have transportation, or who can’t make it to the Wednesday distributions.
Marchbank was busy loading up a van and said she could also use some more volunteers. Potential volunteers can reach out by text at 812-588-0089.
Future diaper distributions at the Crestmont Community Center, 1002 N Summit St, Bloomington, IN 47404, are planned for Oct., 28; Nov. 18th; Dec. 16th; and Jan. 27th from 3 p.m. until 4:30 p.m.
Marchbank sent the following information to The Bloomingtonian:
“What we’re currently doing on-site at All-Options Pregnancy Resource Center:
Every Wednesday 12-5pm, we are on-site, distributing diapers, wipes, menstrual products, condoms, pregnancy tests, and a huge variety of additional material support (it varies from week to week; we update the list of extras based on what we have but recently have had vitamin gummies, toothbrushes, toothpaste, children’s cough syrup, diaper cream, etc). Anyone seeking help will receive it; we only ask that they wait a month between orders. This helps ensure adequate supplies for all our clients, and the amount of diapers we provide is substantial (if one child in diapers, they receive 3 packs of diapers [about 75 diapers], if 2 or more children in diapers, 5 packs or 125 diapers, plus one pack of wipes per child.) We also offer Newborn through Size 7, and a limited supply of pull-ups (though we generally do not recommend folks use pull-ups for potty training, as lots of evidence points to pull-ups actually making potty training take longer.) Most clients come or send someone to pick up for them, but we do offer limited delivery options through the use of volunteer drivers if clients can’t make it to the Center.
Clients can sign up and then place an order using this link: https://airtable.com/shrMc5rUf4Df0kmol
The skinny on mobile distribution:
- We will require all people who approach our truck to wear a mask, and we’ll have both child-sized and adult masks available for them.
- Whatever supplies people receive during mobile distribution will be extra/bonus and will not count towards a client’s monthly supply.
- Anyone who asks for supplies will be given a very brief form to fill out (and we’ll have volunteers who can help fill out if necessary).
- We’ll give one full pack (about 25 diapers) per child. We don’t ask for birth certificate or anything other than child’s first name and date of birth.
- We will bring resource sheets for other help: accessing diapers through Medicaid for children with special needs, signing up for cloth diapers, and how to access our other programs, and a general Bloomington resource sheet
- Anyone who receives diapers on Thursdays can still come and get diapers at the Center once per month.
Thurs, Oct 28Thurs, Nov 18Thurs, Dec 16Thurs, Jan 27″