Spring Diaper Drive: Diaper Collective with Family Network NWA

Drop Off Diaper Donations to Help Local Families in Need

By Kara Ault, Macaroni Kid Fayetteville Publisher March 19, 2021

Family Network's mission is to meet the needs of families in Northwest Arkansas for individualized parenting education and support.

Who we are:

We are a dedicated team of parent-educators that work to serve our local Northwest Arkansas community and their families. Family Network’s home visiting model is accredited through Healthy Families America, a national, evidence-based Home Visiting system that believes in early, nurturing relationships as the foundation for healthy development.

We believe there is no better investment in a community than an investment in healthy families so that children experience positive, nurturing environments in those critical first years of life.

We enroll families prenatally or at the birth of their child, and can serve them for 3 years. The program is completely voluntary and free: we're funded by grants and individual donors.

We completed were 994 home visits in 2020, and we have 44 families enrolled. 53% of participants are between the ages of 16-19 years old.

Our newest program is the Diaper Collective!

It was launched in September 2020 in partnership with Bread of Life Food Pantry. Our model is to partner with existing nonprofit organizations that are already serving families and children and distribute diapers to them monthly to give to their clients. 

Diaper need is the lack of a sufficient supply of diapers to keep a baby clean, dry and healthy, and it’s a reality in our community. 1 in 3 US families reports experiencing diaper need. Infants can require up to 12 diapers a day, and disposable diapers can cost $70 to $80 dollars per month per child.
Currently, no state or federal dollars are allocated to help parents with diapers, which means you can’t purchase diapers with WIC of SNAP benefits. Oftentimes parents are forced to miss work or school because they don’t have sufficient diapers for their child.

That is why the Diaper Collective has formed; we want to work hard to see diaper need eliminated in our community.

We are partnered with 5 agencies currently:  Bread of Life Food Pantry, Canopy NWA, Helen Walton Child Enrichment Center, Potters House Kids, and the Manna Center. We've had requests from over 23 organizations in NWA to partner to receive diapers and plan to continue to increase our partnerships as we increase capacity.

We are currently distributing over 2,000 diapers monthly-getting diapers directly into the hands of families in NWA. Help us raise 75,000 diapers to get into the hands of families in need in Northwest Arkansas.

You can help! Here is our current list of drop off locations for the Spring Diaper Drive:

UAMS Northwest Main Campus

1125 North College

Fayetteville, AR 72703

Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Fayetteville

201 W. Van Asche Loop

Fayetteville, AR 72703

Orthopaedics & Sports Medicine Lowell

519 Latham Drive

Lowell, AR 72745

Family Medical Clinic Springdale

601 West Maple Avenue, Suite 102

Springdale, AR 72764

Schmieding Outpatient Therapy Clinic

Schmieding Center for Senior Health and Education (Suite B)

2422 N. Thompson

Springdale, AR 72764

Schmieding Developmental Center

519 Latham Drive

Lowell, AR 72745

Elite Dance Studios

2005 Main Dr

Fayetteville, AR 72704

Jean Tyson Child Development Center

924 W Douglas St

Fayetteville, AR 72701

Once Upon a Child

4404 W Walnut St #9-10, Rogers, AR 72756


Once Upon a Child

3041 N College Ave

Fayetteville, AR 72703

Just Like Home Childcare
3395 W Mt Comfort Rd

Arkansas Swim Academy
3709 W Southern Hills Blvd

***We especially need sizes 5, 6, and pull-ups AND we can accept OPENED packages of diapers if they're in good condition.