There are roughly 12,000 babies in Middlesex County who need our help staying in fresh diapers. Our mission is to aid low-income, working-poor families, and those in crisis, by providing free diapers, wipes, baby clothing and gear, helping them keep their babies clean, healthy and safe, and supporting their efforts toward self-sufficiency.
The Anshe Emeth Community Development Corporation, Inc. (AECDC) is the home of the Central Jersey Diaper Bank. Started in 2000, the AECDC serves people of all races, religions, ages, and genders in Greater Middlesex County, NJ, meeting their basic needs with kindness and compassion.
Our goal from our very beginning was – and still is – to serve those in Middlesex County who do not have enough income to meet their basic needs, many of whom are limited by language and literacy from applying for services for which they are eligible.
In 2005, the AECDC began providing baby programs and quickly became the largest program we offered since the organization was founded. The Central Jersey Diaper Bank formed in 2010 and today it is the AECDC’s signature program. Last year we helped more than 1,300 children, many with both parents working but still not earning enough to meet all their families’ needs. This year we are on track to serve even more.
Through our Community Advisory Council, we work in close partnership with more than 30 public and private agencies seeking to provide health, safety, and basic resources to those most in need. We gather quarterly to share information and exchange information about how we can all galvanize our efforts.
We keep our budget low by staying focused on our signature program and building on a strong partnership between our paid staff and a robust network of trained volunteers. Anonymous client surveys show that parents feel they are served quickly and well, and treated with kindness and respect when they come to us. Volunteers with expertise in early childhood services, program development and evaluation, grant-writing and social service supervision provide these skills.
Funding comes primarily from public and private foundations, local government, and donations from individuals. We also benefit from many in-kind contributions, through diaper drives and donations from local businesses, especially children’s clothing outlet stores. Any contribution you can make – of time, dollars, or goods – is gladly welcomed!