OUR MISSION AND PROGRAMS:
Our Mission: To provide diapers and wipes to those in need through local food pantries and community service organizations.
Our Vision: That the families in our community will be able to live in a diaper stress free environment and have access to all basic essentials.
Program: Bare Necessities partners with social service agencies and food pantries along the shoreline. Through these partnerships we are able to supply diapers and wipes to those families that have been identified by the agencies as having a need. We are the only recognized diaper bank on the CT shoreline.
Community Foundation of Middlesex County – With the help of a generous grant and our dedicated and like-minded team of volunteers, we are able to help 120 families in Clinton, our founding town.
Madison Foundation and Philanthropic Private Donors – With the generous donations, we are able to assist the Madison Food Pantry with their diaper mission.
Guilford Foundation and Guilford Savings Bank – With this donation we were able to expand our reach and work with Guilford Social Services to provide diapers for their families.
Murphy & Company, CPA’s and Business Advisors – Their Platinum Sponsorship of our Dinner Dance will allow us to move forward in reaching our financial goals.
Local: We are so grateful to the Clinton Community for supporting our mission of helping families.
Efficient: We are now able to buy our diapers through a White House initiative called The Community Diaper Program. This is a cooperative program between Jet.com and Cutie Diapers. The diapers are made for diaper banks and we are able to purchase the diapers at a reduced cost, enabling us to make best use of our donors funds and help the more families. To learn more about The Community Diaper Program, check out this video Jet made at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ogN_65XMuj8
Beth Serra-Loud, Tina Bascom, and Mary Jo Walker, Founders of Bare Necessities, Inc.
While Beth was volunteering with family and friends at the Clinton Food Pantry a woman asked her if she knew where she could get diapers for her adorable baby girl. In an effort to find an answer for her, she discovered that there was not a diaper bank that serviced the Shoreline area. In researching further, she also discovered that 1 in 3 babies have a diaper need and SNAP (formerly Food Stamps) cannot be used to purchase diapers or toiletries. So her family and 3 other families with diverse talents and compassionate hearts formed our founding board of Bare Necessities, Inc. a 501(c)3.
Bare Necessities, Inc. was founded in November 2015 as a non-profit organization based in Clinton, CT. In December, 2015 our first distribution helped 5 families. As of May, 2017 we are helping 120 families in Clinton and we are partnering with social service organizations and food pantries along the shoreline. To date we have distributed 170,000 diapers and 300,000 wipes.