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Commission on the Status of Women Launches 60 Days of Diapers Drive

Office of Women’s Policy, Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley, Commission Partners and Community to Fill Safety Net Gap for Infants and Toddlers

WHAT:
The County of Santa Clara Commission on the Status of Women (CSW) and the Office of Women’s Policy are launching its 60 Days of Diapers Drive to raise $5,000 for one year’s supply of diapers for local infants and toddlers in Family Wellness Court.

WHO:
Esther Peralez-Dieckmann, County of Santa Clara Office of Women’s Policy Director
Namrata Vora and Becky Hellwig, Commission on the Status of Women, Diaper Drive Co-Chairs
Hilary Kushins, Drug Court and Training Programs Manager
Parents and children with Family Wellness Court

WHEN:
Tuesday, July 20, 2010, 12:15 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.

WHERE:
CreaTV San Jose, 255 West Julian Street, Suite 100, San Jose, CA 95110

WHY:
Food stamps and other general assistance programs don’t cover diapers, and cloth diapers cannot be washed at commercial Laundromats. Parents of limited means must make tough choices to meet their basic needs for shelter, food, and medicine. They might also have to stretch the use of a diaper a few hours longer.
Because grant monies previously used to help clients in Family Wellness Court have expired and no longer exist, the Commission on the Status of Women has partnered with the Office of Women’s Policy, the Jewish Federation of Silicon Valley, YWCA Cupertino, and the Indian Community Center to collect donations and diapers in all sizes.
The purpose of this drive is to ensure that the infants and toddlers in Family Wellness Court will have a stable supply of diapers this upcoming year. CSW is committed to raising $5,000 worth of diapers for one year (approximately 13,500 diapers).
Speakers and clients of Family Wellness Court will be available for interviews.

Media Contact: Gwendolyn Mitchell/Marina Hinestrosa, Office of Public Affairs, (408) 299-5119; Esther Peralez-Dieckmann/Carla Collins, Office of Women’s Policy (408) 299-5142
Posted: July 16, 2010