About Essentials Chapters
Bringing a newborn home from the hospital can be one of the most exciting events in a parent’s life. For parents who are not prepared, it can also be one of the most frightening experiences. Imagine knowing your baby is going home and you only have the blanket given to you by the hospital and one outfit from a friend. You have a handful of diapers but nothing to get you past the first day or two and if the weather turns chilly, how do you keep your baby warm?
Starting an Essentials Chapter involves leading a chapter that will provide each deserving baby a kit filled with essential items for the first weeks of life. This kind of chapter focuses on the total needs of the newborn. Baby bath, washcloths and a soft towel, along with multiple outfits, to keep the baby clean and fresh are included in the kit. Diapers and wipes, rash cream, multiple receiving blankets and a warm afghan or quilt offers the newborn a warm, comfortable start in life.
- Volunteers not only lead collection drives and events, but the chapter also includes talented crocheters, knitters and sewers who are focused on providing items as directed by the chapter leaders.
- Essentials Chapters must be at least 30 miles apart from each other.
- The start up of an Essentials Chapter is more successful if two or three individuals agree to work together to start a Newborns in Need Essential Chapter.
A Place for Everyone
Being an essentials chapter leader is a very fulfilling undertaking and it takes a commitment of time and resources to lead. If your goal it to make baby items and you don’t want to be responsible for organizing meetings, doing a monthly report or encouraging and leading others, then join us as a valued volunteer by making items for the Essentials Kits. We have a place for everyone who wants to contribute.