Community Baby Showers Help Local Moms & Babies

Community Baby Showers Help Local Moms and Babies

Pictured left to right: Cheryl Short (Chaut. Co. Dept. of Health and Human Services),
Diana Butcher and Danielle Spontaneo (Salvation Army ANEW Center),
Olivia Carlson and Debra Felton (Catholic Charities WIC), Cathy Burgess (Chaut. Co. Dept. of Health and Human Services),
Michelle Cobb (YWCA TEAM Program)

Efforts to improve early child development are an investment, not a cost.
Available cost-benefit ratios of early intervention indicate that for every dollar spent on improving early childhood development,
returns can be on average 4 to 5 times the amount invested, and in some cases, much higher.

United Way of Southern Chautauqua County found a fun way to engage local individuals to help moms of new babies start off on the right foot.

United Way of Southern Chautauqua County annually coordinates community baby showers to gather essential items that will give our community’s infants a better future.
Local worksites and organizations host baby showers and collect items that promote safe sleep and healthy lifestyles.

Over 550 items and $185 cash was collected this year by individuals from Lane Women’s Health, Panama Central School & the Zonta Club of Jamestown.

These items were recently distributed to local agencies that work one-on-one with mothers to provide education and case management.
Salvation Army’s ANEW Center, Chautauqua County Department of Health & Human Services’ Maternal & Infant Health Program, Jamestown Community Learning Council, YWCA’s TEAM Program, and
Catholic Charities’ WIC Program work routinely with new moms.

“We love working with organizations to gather these essentials.
Our local agencies do an amazing job making sure families receive the right items and the education to go along with them.” Stated Cynde Johnson, Resource Development and Marketing Coordinator. 
“United we assist those from Cradle to Career. United We Win.”

To learn more about community baby showers, visit: or call 483-1561. Follow United Way of Southern Chautauqua County on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.