Colorado State Senator Rhonda Fields and the Dayton Street Opportunity Center, a think tank designed to narrow the opportunity gap for low-income families through community outreach efforts, hosted a Community Baby Shower in Aurora on June 25 to provide essential baby supplies for at-risk moms. Concorde Career College’s Aurora campus, along with local hospitals, volunteered to donate a variety of necessities – diaper wipes, diapers, bottles, baby lotion, baby washcloths, and towels – to alleviate some financial stressors that come with proper infant care and baby supplies.
In Aurora, as of July 1, 2021, 10.5% of area residents were in poverty*. Unless mothers that fall within this category are provided access to crucial resources, their babies will be at risk of experiencing negative and long-lasting effects on their brain, as studies show the first two years of a child’s life are the most crucial for cognitive development**.
“Participating in this large-scale community event was a very rewarding experience. Concorde-Aurora students and staff were able to actually watch the impacts their donations had on individual’s lives,” said Dr. Vanessa Warner, Concorde-Aurora Director of Student Affairs. “Seeing the smile on each mother’s face is something I will never forget.”
These donations were given to approximately 130 mothers in the low-income bracket who attended the Community Baby Shower.
While mothers received baby supplies, Husch Blackwell Strategies, a state lobbying organization that represents the proprietary college sector in the state of Colorado, hosted an arts and crafts table and provided free food and refreshments for the older children in attendance.
“As State Senator Fields said at the event, ‘it takes an entire community to interact with families and children to grow a safer and healthier Colorado,’” explained Dr. Warner.