EBC was founded in 1990 because Karen Ridlon, a local pediatric nurse practitioner, became concerned about the large numbers of babies in her practice that began life without adequate food, clothing, beds or safety equipment.
Her commitment to giving these children a stronger start grew from an idea and a few items gathered in her dining room, into an agency that in 2014 distributed 51,369 orders of absolute essentials, valued at $4,830,764.
For 50 weeks each year, volunteers and staff at Eastside Baby Corner collect community donations, purchase and distribute children's and maternity items to families in collaboration with virtually every organization helping families in our area. Case managers from partner agencies assess the needs of the family, request the items from EBC, pick up and deliver them to the family. Serving a broad area across King County that extends east to the Cascade foothills and from south of Renton into southern Snohomish County, EBC serves as a diaper bank, a clothing bank, and a food source for more than 500 kids each week.
EBC leverages the impact of direct service providers by providing essential goods to the families they are helping. We practice good stewardship of resources through smart purchasing in bulk, reliance on volunteers and in-kind donations, including warehouse space donated by Rowley Properties. EBC is the major source of baby food, formula, diapers, cribs and car seats for ten local food banks.