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Family non-profit receives large donation of baby equipment, supplies

 

While one Leesburg nonprofit has decided to close its doors, another local nonprofit plans to carry on its mission.

It Takes a Village, Baby, an organization that has served families in need for six years, has donated its baby equipment and supplies to INMED Opportunity Center in Sterling.

“It Takes a Village, Baby has been a long-time partner with the INMED Opportunity Center and INMED’s Healthy Families Loudoun program,” said Jennifer Lassiter Smith, Director of U.S. Programs for INMED Partnerships for Children in a prepared statement. “When ITAVB made the hard choice to close, it made sense for INMED USA to carry on the legacy and mission of ensuring babies in our region get a healthy start in life.”

The INMED Opportunity Center serves more than 100 mothers each week, who desperately need car seats, diapers and other essential supplies that the group received as a gift from It Takes a Village, Baby, she said.

INMED’s Opportunity Center has become a county-wide hub of resources, education and services for low-income families struggling to make ends meet.

“We’re serving more families than ever that have lost employment, have limited access to healthcare and are relying on the kindness of their neighbors to help them get back on track,” said Smith.

“While it’s sad to close our doors at It Takes a Village, Baby, we are thankful our remaining resources can continue to help the community,” said Lauren Smith, cofounder of ITAVB. “The generous donations from families in Loudoun and Fairfax counties have allowed us to help thousands of families in need, and now INMED can continue that mission.”

All baby equipment and supplies are free of charge to families in need. For information on how to access these and other resources at the INMED Opportunity Center, contact Rosa Tobar, INMED USA Community Outreach Coordinator, at rtobar@inmed.org.

With a LOT of Help From Our Friends…

Families in need are surviving! The coronavirus pandemic has brought out the generosity of our community in SO many amazing ways. Our 2020 community partner network has exploded with in-kind and financial donations of everything from toilet paper and daily essentials for survival to laptops and hotspots to help families without access to computers or Internet ensure their children keep up with distance learning. Our Opportunity Center has become a hub of vital resources for children and families in need like never before!

A special shout-out to the Coder School of Ashburn, which has not only donated to our STEM program financially, but also has supplied laptops, scholarships and volunteers to help kids in our after-school academic enrichment program develop their IT and coding skills—and to owner Chad Hamel for joining our Board of Trustees. And to
Collins Aerospace and INMED USA trustee Versie Liles for supporting our after-school and STEM programs.
It’s also especially nice when community partners team up to help INMED’s program participants, like when Giant Food and Northwest Federal Credit Union team up with NOVA Diaper Bank to collect thousands of diapers for our COVID resource distributions at the Opportunity Center. In addition, Giant has donated 6 skids of toilet paper and NWFCU has collected coats, backpacks and school supplies. “My happiness comes from seeing that our neighbors in need are safe, well fed and educated,” says My Pham, District Manager of Giant Food (pictured above).
Here’s to a new year that brings health. equality and prosperity to everyone in our community, thanks to these amazing INMED community partners. Please click here to see all of our partners.