April 19, 2020
Community Baby Shower

In the spirit of a traditional baby shower, the Community Baby Shower is a celebration for new and expectant mothers. The purpose of the event is to serve low-income families with access to the valuable local resources to help give them a stronger start to parenthood.

Note: This is a private event for families in need. We do rely on the generosity of our donors to fulfill our wish list of shower gifts and resources.

 

Questions? Please contact Beth Bowman at bbowman@uwcapecod.org
 

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BACKGROUND

In the fall of 2016, the Cape and Islands United Way formed a multidisciplinary team of local experts to brainstorm how we could “get upstream” of the challenges we face as a community – including substance abuse, mental health, food insecurity, financial instability, and an adequate work force -- by addressing the needs of our youngest children. The factors contributing to our community challenges are complex and interconnected. But we know that:

  • Investing in young children is an investment in future productivity and public safety that can return as much as $8 for every $1 invested.

  • Family environments are critical in determining education, skill, motivation, persistence, and self-control. Growing numbers of children face adverse environments that restrict their development. 

STATISTICS

In Barnstable County, the challenges of poverty and achievement are at the forefront.

  • 13% of Cape Cod's children live in poverty. Many more children are suffering from emotional poverty.

  • Children from low income families are exposed to 30 million fewer words than their higher income peers by age 3.

  • 30% of the Cape’s children are not reading proficiently by grade 3.

  • The first 3 years of life are the period of most rapid brain growth.

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HOW YOU CAN HELP

Your donation of newborn necessities will help new and expectant parents experiencing economic hardship give their children a stronger start. Please note that we can only accept donations of NEW ITEMS. Thank you!

You can also make a donation direct from our wish list on Amazon:

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WISH LIST
  • Diapers - newborn to age 2

  • Wipes

  • Bottles

  • Books

  • Pacifiers

  • Swaddling blankets

  • Bath necessities – shampoo, wash, lotions, diaper cream, wash cloths, towels

  • Wellness items – baby Tylenol, Pedialyte, nail clippers, thermometers, nasal bulbs

  • Clothing – onesies, sleepers, baby socks, booties, bibs, infant mittens, burp cloths

  • Changing pads & covers

  • Crib necessities – sheets, crib mattress pads

  • Rattles/Toys (newborn appropriate)

  • Gift cards: CVS, Stop & Shop

DROP OFF LOCATIONS
  • Starbucks, Hyannis (Christmas Tree Shop Plaza)

  • Starbucks, Mashpee Commons

  • Yarmouth Police Department

  • Barnstable Police Department

  • Yarmouth Fire Departments - 3 locations: Yarmouthport, South Yarmouth West Yarmouth

CAPE AND ISLANDS UNITED WAY

1600 Falmouth Road, Unit 25
P.O. Box 367

Centerville, MA 02632
508.775.4746 

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Need help and don’t know where to turn? 

A partner of the Cape and Islands United Way, Mass 2-1-1 is here to answer your calls 24/7. They are a human services help hotline that will direct you to the services in your area that are appropriate for your needs. Call Now: Dial 2-1-1