The We Care Shop
The We Care Shop has been serving young families since 1993. The We Care Shop is an incentive shop where families involved with Young Parents Network can purchase items with points earned through participating in programs.
This incentive project allows families to earn points in a variety of ways; attending group meetings, going to prenatal visits, receiving their high school diploma or GED, getting their child immunized on schedule, accessing counseling, and many other healthy behavior choices for themselves and their families. The points are then taken to the We Care Shop and used to purchase much needed items for their families. Items purchased at the We Care Shop free up limited family resources for other necessary expenses.
How are the shelves of the We Care Shop stocked?
Donations help fill the shelves at the We Care Shop. Young Parents Network accepts donations of new or gently used baby items such as clothes, toys, equipment and furniture. All items will be used at the We Care Shop for distribution to participants.
How to donate
Donors can drop off items at the YPN We Care Shop at 420 6th Street SE, Suite #180 (in the Mercy Sister Mary Lawrence Community Center) in Cedar Rapids, IA. Standard donation hours are Monday-Thursday 8am – 4pm and Fridays from 8am – Noon. Each donor will receive a receipt as a record for their taxes, however, the value amount will be left up to the discretion of the donor.
Common needs for the families we serve include:
- Baby Wipes
- Baby care products
- Children’s clothing – newborn to size 5
- Children’s books and toys
Items we are unable to accept:
- Car seats
- Cribs with drop down sides
Ready to get involved?
If you have questions about donations or to schedule drop-offs, please contact Jan Moffitt
Email Jan or call 319.364.8909.
If you are interested in volunteering at the We Care Shop, please contact Ally Huss
Email Ally or call 319.364.8909