Downtown Blacksburg Inc. is proud to present our non-profit Member of the Month for October- NRV Diaper Pantry.
In 2017, two area churches, The River Anglican and Blacksburg 1st Church of God saw a need to help families in the NRV with diapering. Leaders researched and found the closest know organizations to help families were in Harrisonburg or Bristol.
After completing the endless paper work to become a non-profit organization and raising the necessary funds to operate, the diaper pantry opened its doors in February 2019.
Since then, the NRV Diaper Pantry has been working hard helping families in the area with their diaper needs. In these past 8 months, we have given out hundreds of diapers and wipes. Right now an average of 12 to 15 families come to our site each month. Not only do we help with diapering but if families are in need of other baby and children items, we network to find them.
This summer our team of volunteers have provided a children’s play area with a changing and nursing station for moms during Summer Solstice, Steppin’ Out and Blues, Brews and BBQ. We met lots of folks to share our story and hopefully planted seeds for them to become volunteers and sponsors so we can continue to serve the NRV area.
As we were spreading the word, we found that many families don’t have reliable transportation. With this news, we are currently working on mobilizing the pantry so we can take diapers to them and area food banks to serve families.
Please consider becoming a corporate sponsor or a monthly sponsor to help us to provide diapers to our area families. We also need volunteers to help serve our families. Not only do we serve children but many adults need help with diapering needs. Contact our website www.nrvdiaperpantry.org for more information on how you can partner with us.