A Conversation with Jean Ann Lynch

 

Jean Ann Lynch - Founder of Baby Basics

  • Why did you found Baby Basics?

Child development has always been important to me, but what got my attention was when I realized that many babies from low-income working families did not have enough money to provide an adequate supply of diapers for their babies.   The thought of babies having to be in diapers too long and crying from diaper rash was unthinkable to me.

I decided to do something about it.  I founded the first Baby Basics program over 19 years ago in Ridgewood, NJ because I wanted all babies to have a chance to grow and thrive like my children and grandchildren.  There are now 13 programs across the country including the Collier County program.

  • Why is Baby Basics so important to these families and to the community?

We are the only organization that provides free diapers on a consistent basis to low-income working families.   These families depend on us and are so grateful for our help.  At our distribution sites, they tell us about how the money they would normally spend on diapers goes to buy food, pay rent or purchase medicine for their babies.  The entire family feels the impact as we also provide a supportive atmosphere and community for these struggling families. It is a simple program, but one that is so needed.

  • What is your biggest challenge?

Our biggest challenge is trying to raise enough money to reach all the babies in need in our community.  We have a large waiting list.

  • How do you remain so passionate and inspired?

My family inspires me, as do the over 100 volunteers in Naples who work so hard to support our families and the participants in the program.  Despite their struggles, the families work hard to provide for their families.  They love their babies and are so grateful for any kind of love and support that we can give.  They say thank you and give us hugs, and when they are having a good week, they offer to give their diapers to another family.  To me, that is truly inspirational.




 


November 10, 2014
Annual Champagne Fashion Show

January 24, 2015
Annual Baby Basics Walking Challenge

May 2, 2015
Annual Mother’s Day Tea at the Ritz

 

 

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Just as we were about to have our last child, life seemed to be going great.  Then my husband's company closed and we lost our house.  Baby Basics was there for me with more than just diapers.  We were a family used to giving help - not asking for it.  Thank you for helping make our life a little easier.A Program Participant

I have been a Baby Basics volunteer/site manager for the past 7 years.  I love it because we can give encouragement and help to ensure happy babies through friendship to moms and dads.  We give all of our families a gracious hand-up while they are trying to do their very best.Trish Kelly, board member

I was thrilled to have served as Honorary Chairman of the Baby Basics Biking and Walking Challenge event presented by Morgan Stanley Smith Barney at North Collier Regional Park on February 12, 2010. As a law enforcement officer and a parent, I strongly believe in the good work being done in our community by Baby Basics of Collier County.Sheriff Kevin J. Rambosk

Baby Basics is a very special nonprofit that provides diapers and caring for low income families. Diapers are a basic necessity and are very expensive. This organization relieves these families of some of their financial burdens. By volunteering, I have the opportunity to meet these families and their children, providing one-on-one contact and observing how appreciative they are.Sue Reynen, board member

As a Baby Basics volunteer, I feel that I play a small part in helping parents who are working hard to bring up happy, healthy babies. Not having to buy expensive diapers allows parents to provide food and other necessities to ensure happy, healthy families.  Meeting with these families and witnessing their gratitude is a special perk of being a volunteer.Selma Flieder, volunteer