If you have been reading a few of my other posts you may know my husband and I are very interested in… diapers. We have been running a small diaper pantry once a month – which has only been possible with the numerous volunteers and support from our church family.
We get a lot of questions about how we run things, so I though I would share with you what diaper day looks like for me. Keep your eyes posted for Justin’s (my husband) perspective coming soon.
We have chosen to have our diaper bank the last Saturday of every month. The last Friday of every month from 5-7 volunteers join us in prep work. This includes counting out diapers and bagging them, rolling out shelves, organizing, putting up tables, and the like. This makes things go much smoother the following day.
Here is a quick run down of my Saturday morning. It can vary each month since I tend to float, while others have specific jobs, but it still can be structured enough that I have found my own routine.
8:00-8:30 I arrive at the building. We only live about 60 seconds away so our arrival time really depends on how fast we can all get moving in the morning.
8:30-9:00 Bag last minute diapers, give new volunteers mini-tours, answer questions, drink coconut LaCroix (thanks Barbara!)
9:00 Gather volunteers together for last minute instructions, answer questions, give an encouraging word and a prayer
9:05-9:10 Our first group of guests roll in. Our volunteers takes their places while I welcome everyone and direct them to tables and chairs while they wait to be called for their diapers.
9:10-9:30 If there are going to be any problems or logistical difficulties they typically happen early. Quick troubleshooting and consulting with Justin or volunteers and we are good to go.
9:30-10:00 Assist volunteers if needed, greet guests, take pictures, replenish supplies
10:00-10:15 Relieve our nursery attendants so they can get food or diapers
10:15-10:45 Things have slowed down at this point so it’s mostly socializing and getting updates from volunteers on how things are going and what size diapers we were short on.
10:45-11:15 Clean up, getting diapers for stragglers (we close at 11:00), thanking everyone for making it another awesome diaper day
And that’s it! We have changed our logistics about 1,000 times, but at this point we are running pretty smoothly. In the future, we hope to add more goods and services, but for now we are really enjoying participating in this community of guests and volunteers.