Founded in 2013, the Miami Diaper Bank is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and first established diaper bank in Miami. The Miami Diaper Bank’s mission is to collect and distribute diapers and other diaper related products to low-income families and their children, while also raising awareness about the need for diaper donations in the South Florida area.
donate diapers TO SOUTH FLORIDA FAMILIES
To collect, store and distribute free diapers to homeless shelters, food pantries, family service agencies, and faith-based organizations
spread awareness on diaper need
To educate the local community about the devastating crisis of diaper need.
support community partners
To support and expand upon our existing relationships with shelters and community organizations in the South Florida area.
HOW IT ALL STARTED
During a long drive on a humid summer day in June 2012, Jonah Schaechter of Miami, FL spent the duration of the trip contemplating his community service project for his Bar Mitzvah. With a rapidly approaching deadline and no truly meaningful ideas, he had an epiphany after listening to a story on National Public Radio (NPR) about the efforts of a national diaper bank. Intrigued by the narrator’s effort to set up a diaper drive and distribute the collected items, Jonah felt compelled to start a similar initiative.
To maximize the success of his community service project, Jonah asked his school for permission to set up a drive. Several posters and one box later, Jonah’s drive accumulated around 1,000 diapers. Pleased with the results, Jonah then looked to his temple for additional support and subsequently dropped off another box for collection, which was quickly filled. Nearing the end of his community service project, Jonah tirelessly searched for a local diaper bank where he could donate the collected items. Shocked by the realization that one did not exist anywhere in Miami, Jonah felt that he had met with too many families in need and collected enough supplies to show that there was a real need for a diaper bank in his city. After sharing his conclusions with his father, Roberto Schaechter, the two of them, along with his sister Arielle, decided it was time to address this widespread and overlooked issue hands-on.
What started out as a small community service project for Jonah is now the first established diaper bank in Miami. As a registered 501(c)3 organization, the Miami Diaper Bank’s mission is to collect and distribute diapers and other diaper related products for low-income families and their children while raising awareness about the need for diaper donations and advocating for policy change on a local and state level.