The Nation’s 1st Diaper Bank
The Diaper Bank movement began in 1994 when a small consulting firm decided to give back to their local community during the holiday season. Resolve Inc., located in Tucson, Arizona, began their philanthropic endeavor by collecting diapers for a local crisis nursery. Their annual diaper collection tradition continued, and only five years later they were able to collect 300,000 diapers for 30 different agencies. By this time the small consulting firm was spending six months a year preparing for their December Diaper Drive.
From 1996 until 1999 the Diaper Bank operated as a program under the nonprofit umbrella of the Carondelet Foundation. In 2000 the Community Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona became a free standing charitable organization, becoming the nation’s first Diaper Bank.
The Diaper Bank hired its first employee in 1999 and still hosts hundreds of volunteers annually to provide diapers and incontinence supplies to those in need. In 2004 the New Haven Diaper Bank opened its doors using the model established in Southern Arizona. There are more than 250 Diaper Banks across the country today.
Just as it did at its inception, the Diaper Bank provides diapers to those at or near the poverty line where no public assistance exists. We recognize that an inadequate supply of diapers puts families with young children at an increased risk for health related problems and potential abuse.
In 2013, the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona was selected as a Regional Partner of the National Diaper Bank Network to receive and distribute two million diapers to the community in 2013 and 2014. This partnership continues today and with the help of the NDBN and Huggies, we are getting closer to eliminating diaper need in Southern Arizona.
In May of 2022, the Diaper Bank of Southern Arizona completed a merger with the Diaper Bank of Central Arizona to become a statewide agency.
Dr. Shannon Roberts
Manager of Programs and Volunteering
Executive Assistant and Development Associate
Board of Directors
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Bryan is an Arizona native and hails from the north part of the state where he learned to love the outdoors. He is a proud, humble father of four amazing children and gives thanks daily for his wonderful wife Kim, who in a moment of weakness and possible poor decision making, said yes over 24 years ago.
He served 25 years in the Army and has enjoyed serving his community even longer through his numerous volunteer activities in support of Women, Children and Veterans. Having witnessed firsthand what it means to need assistance, and the difference a committed person can make in the lives of others, Bryan accepted an invitation to join the Diaper Bank espousing the philosophy that board membership is the starting point and not the destination with the goal of helping more people retain their dignity and independence.
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Evonne Cummins holds a Bachelor degree in Business Administration and has her SPHR from the Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM). Evonne has served for over 12 years on the Board of Directors for AZ@WORK –Southeastern Arizona; helping to create policies and programs to improve employment services for the people and businesses of Southern Arizona. She sat on several communities to include Outreach and Policy committees.
Mrs. Cummins is a Principal Recruiter at Iron Bow Technologies with over eighteen years’ experience recruiting high-end technical talent to support programs for the Department of Defense and other government agencies. Evonne’s publications include an article for the Virginia Human Resources Today magazine called “Managing Your Social Media” (2015) and she continues to train and promote using social media for talent recruitment.
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Ashley Byma is a Senior Manager for BeachFleischman’s Tax department. She provides accounting and tax services for a variety of privately held companies. Ashley is a member of the firm’s Science & Manufacturing and Large Taxpayer Client Service Team, and she leads the firm’s Cost Segregation service line. Ashley is also an active member of the firm’s Women RISE and Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Committees. She is a licensed CPA in Arizona with over eight years of public accounting experience. She has participated on the Diaper Bank’s finance committee since 2018 and is excited to join the Board to raise awareness and expand fundraising in Southern Arizona. When she’s not crunching numbers, she enjoys spending time with her husband & two boys, and baking sweet treats.
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