Thursday, December 31, 2015

List of Babywearing Charitable Organizations

Each of these organizations can use carriers or money.  If you would like a donation receipt, they can email you one.  

Founded in 2012
As far types of carriers. All types are liked. However, the ones that are most often asked for and that we rarely have are the soft structured types. Like the Mei Tai and buckle types. However, rings, wovens, and stretchy wraps are also loved.

Founded in February 2013
The goal of the Carrying On Project is to help get carriers to the families of our military so that they may better obtain secure attachments with their children, something that deployment and injuries will often interrupt. We seek to assist both the service members and the families left behind in “Carrying On” while both home and away, to make something that is difficult for the whole family a little bit easier.
The needs:
  • Soft Structured Carriers (ErgoBaby, Boba, Lillebaby, OnyaBaby, etc)
  • Mei Tais (Catbird Baby, Infantino, BabyHawk, Etc)
  • Woven Wraps of all styles and sizes
  • Stretchy Wraps (MobyWrap, BobaWrap, SleepyWraps)
  • CPSIA compliant Ring Slings
See!givecarriers/c1uio for more information on what carriers TCOP needs. 

Founded in 2014
Lift Me Up is a non-profit organization that provides ergonomic babywearing carriers to families who have children with special needs. Babywearing is a wonderful therapeutic tool that can benefit not only the child with a developmental need, but can also be beneficial to the caregiver. Our goal is to offer this tool to as many qualified families as possible, thereby spreading the gift of babywearing to new places.  
We typically have the greatest need for SSCs, specifically toddler/preschool carriers, but we will accept any ergonomic carriers.
People can send carriers to:
Lift Me Up, Inc
616 William Street
Berlin, MD 21811

Founded in 2014
Our purpose is to help parents and caregivers of children with Down syndrome.  We will help identify the right carrier to meet a family’s circumstances- whether that means finding a custom carrier to wear a 6 year old with mobility delays or finding a way to help a caregiver wear their typical newborn so they have hands free to care for an older child with Down syndrome; and we will find a way to get those carriers into the hands of parents and caregivers at no cost to them. We raise money to buy carriers for families and caregivers of children with special needs. We accept monetary donations as well as carrier donations. 
We take and use all carriers, but specifically we always need more ring slings and toddler sized SSCs than we have available.

Founded in 2015
Babywearing NM strives to create community and broaden accessibility to babywearing resources and education for families in all areas of New Mexico. Our three pronged approach to supporting the babywearing community in our beautiful state provides a service for everyone, and a way to give back for those who have grown with us: 
  • Providing safe and quality carriers to those who face financial or medical needs, gifting or discounting quality carriers as well as knowledge to use them safely and comfortably, with a communiy of supportive peers, in a fun and engaging environment.
  • Providing functional and financial  resources, mentorship, and media outreach for our Peer Community Leaders, who are already advanced babywearers and leaders within their communities, as well as advocates for accessibility and education.
  • Providing scholarship, work study, and employment opportunities as well as professional networking and support for those who wish to turn a passion for babwearing education and outreach into a career, or those who are already professionals in the babywearing industry and would like to see more growth in our state.
Ring slings, Mei-tais, and woven wraps in any size are usually hard to keep in stock. We can also always use infant insert (any brand) donations, that's one of the often missed opportunities by donors and it's less expensive.

Babywearing International Chapters are community resources. Our chapters are divided into regions nationwide, each overseen by a Regional Director. Led by at least two Volunteer Babywearing Educators (VBEs), BWI Chapters have regular educational meetings on babywearing topics. Most meetings are free to attend and open to the general public.  Please contact your local chapter or visit their website, Facebook page, or blog for more information on giving near you!

501(c)3 status pending, thus donation receipts not yet available

Founded in 2015
It is our primary goal to provide relief to refugee families while they are on their journeys to asylum. We specialize in giving baby carriers to families with babies and toddlers. We hand-deliver the carriers to refugees and also fit them and instruct them on proper use to ensure safety for the baby and longevity of the carrier.
Mail us your clean, gently used structured baby carriers to
C/O CarryTheFuture
121 W. Lexington Drive
Suitel L 106D
Glendale, CA  91203
**Please don't send wraps, ring slings or pouches at this time, as they are unsuitable for these circumstances, given that we have to fit the parent in less than 3 minutes with little to no spoken words. Cheapest way to ship is in a soft polymailer by standard parcel.**
If there is a babywearing charitable organization that I am missing, let me know,, and I will add them.