Provided by The Cloth Option
Across the United States, the cost of diapers is a serious concern for many families. Public assistance programs do not provide help with the cost of diapers, leaving many without any solution to the “diaper gap.”
The Cloth Option (TCO) advocates for cloth diapers as a sustainable alternative to single-use diapers and a solution to end diaper need. According to a recent TCO survey, 92% of families choose cloth diapers, at least in part, to save money. The cost of switching to cloth is a barrier for many caregivers. TCO seeks to eliminate this obstacle by providing free cloth diapers to families in need.
A 501(c)(3) nonprofit cloth diaper bank headquartered in Massachusetts, TCO has local advocates across the US, including Puerto Rico. TCO proudly partners with Lil’ Helper Diapers and Black Women Do Cloth Diaper.
How can families get help from The Cloth Option?
Visit www.theclothoption.org/apply . Caregivers can apply for assistance online or submit a paper application directly to a local advocate. The program has no income or citizenship requirements and is free for those approved; if a family does not have a local advocate, diapers are shipped to their US or APO/FPO/DPO address at no cost to them. Click here to look up a local advocate. Here are RI, MA, and CT advocates:
Chepachet: Laura Maio, Distribution and Outreach. Email: RI@theclothoption.org
- Holyoke: Sadie Cora, Distribution and Outreach. Email: MA@theclothoption.org
- Springfield: Maria Renta-Marrero, Distribution and Outreach. Email: MA@theclothoption.org
- Westfield: Toni Danek, Distribution and Outreach. Email: MA@theclothoption.org
- Bethlehem: Carly Rabideau, Distribution and Outreach. Email: CT@theclothoption.org
- New Britain: Donation drop off at Bean Tree Baby, 14 Vine St. Website: http://beantreebaby.com
- Waterbury: Tanisha Monche, Outreach. Email: CT@theclothoption.org
TCO services and programs
Cloth education: TCO advocates teach cloth diaper classes, host events and meetups, and provide support and education for current and prospective cloth diapering families.
Cloth diaper distribution: New and gently used cloth diapers are provided to qualifying families. One size diapers (fitting from 10 to 35 lb) can be kept as long as they are needed, and newborn diapers (fitting from 6 to 10 lb) are provided as a loan.
Want to help?
There are many ways to get involved: become a local advocate, donate goods or skills, or provide financial support. Sign up to become a local partner or drop off location, or refer families to our application. We are also seeking donations of cloth diapers, accessories, and supplies. We accept all brands, styles, and sizes of cloth diapers, including items in need of minor repair.
Visit www.theclothoption.org for more information about how to donate or get involved.