An awakening to diaper need in Skagit County WA started in 2012, when Calista Scott, a retired maternity nurse who was volunteering at a local food bank, observed mothers looking for diapers. Both surprised and concerned she couldn’t stop thinking about the mothers and their situation.
Away from Skagit County for a year while her husband was on assignment in Eastern Washington, Calista heard, on national news, the story of Michelle Old, a young mother who started a Diaper Bank in Durham, North Carolina. This was the message Ms. Scott needed to hear.
Tantamount to this and not long after returning home, news came that the Skagit County Board of Health had appointed a board of community leaders with a shared commitment to improve the quality of life for everyone in Skagit County: The Population Health Trust. Seizing the opportunity to begin advocating for families with infants and toddlers, Ms. Scott participated in the first community survey and attended three of five forums.
By this time, Ms. Scott was learning about diaper need and had found the most knowledgeable source on diaper need in the country, the National Diaper Bank Network. In the fall of 2015, she embraced Diaper Need Awareness Week and took it to her community, asking and took it to her community, asking mayors of towns and cities in Skagit County to sign proclamations. That fall she attend the 2015 National Diaper Banks in America which had fortuitously come to Seattle and began a project called Diaper Need Awareness.