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Joanne Goldblum
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Joanne Goldblum is the Founder and Executive Director of the National Diaper Bank Network, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to ensuring that every child in the United States has an adequate supply of diapers to remain clean, dry and healthy. Its mission is to raise awareness of diaper need and to build the capacity of diaper banks throughout the country by creating a national network of community partners.

Since 2004, Goldblum has taken the nation’s diaper need to heart when she started a nonprofit diaper bank in New Haven, Connecticut. She has been recognized by ABC News as their “Person of the Week” and People magazine as one of the publication’s “Heroes Among Us.”

Goldblum has an MSW from Hunter College School of Social Work and a B.A from New York University. She lives in New Haven, Connecticut, with her husband and three children.

Entries by Joanne Goldblum

Seeking More Happy Endings

(0) Comments | Posted June 8, 2015 | 4:45 PM

James Robinson of Detroit walked 21 miles a day back and forth to his hourly wage job, where he had chalked up a decade of perfect attendance. When Robinson's plight was reported in the press, his life quickly changed. An area dealership gave him a new, loaded Ford...

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Children Raised in Poverty Have Smaller Brains

(1) Comments | Posted April 13, 2015 | 10:37 AM

A major study has just shown that kids who grow up in low-income families develop smaller brains than those raised in more affluent circumstances. The research, led by neuroscientists at Children's Hospital Los Angeles and Columbia University Medical Center, is not the first to point out this phenomenon....

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Barriers That Keep Poor Kids out of School

(1) Comments | Posted March 16, 2015 | 12:36 PM

Sometimes students miss school because they don't have clean uniforms. Their parents cannot afford detergent or even enough quarters to do a load of laundry.

"A lot of schools have a few backup uniforms," said Kathryn Scheinberg Meyer, an attorney with the Center for Children's Advocacy, an organization...

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The Diaper Tax

(0) Comments | Posted February 9, 2015 | 11:40 AM

Diapers are a major expense for any household with young children, running about $75 a month. The cost presents some struggling families with impossible choices. Should we pay the electric bill or buy diapers? They tend to make diapers last longer by changing their children less frequently, which is obviously...

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A Handout Is a Hand Up

(0) Comments | Posted January 5, 2015 | 4:22 PM

Growing up in poverty increases the chances that an American will continue to live in poverty as an adult. That's of course bad for the people directly affected and also bad for the economy. Furthermore, it casts a long shadow on The American Dream.

The real tragedy here...

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Two-generation Approach to Success

(0) Comments | Posted November 21, 2014 | 10:40 AM

It is relatively easy to convince people that children should have access to great opportunities to learn and grow. (Not so easy to get funding for those opportunities, but that's another discussion.) But when we focus on the child exclusively, we limit our effectiveness. Children live in families. Whether a...

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If Every Day Were Halloween

(0) Comments | Posted October 20, 2014 | 1:57 PM

Halloween is supposed to be a dark and creepy occasion. But to me, it is filled with sweetness and light. Children come to our door and we feed them — with a smile. We tell them how scary/beautiful/awesome they look and send them on their way to neighbors who will...

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Its a Wonderful Life!

(0) Comments | Posted September 29, 2014 | 8:57 AM

Chances are you've seen the movie It's A Wonderful Life. It touches most of us, not because it's a true story but because it contains a monumental truth: Each of us, whoever we may be, has a part to play--and each of us, however unimportant we may feel, can make...

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A Week to Be Aware -- and To Be Kind

(12) Comments | Posted September 2, 2014 | 4:22 PM

We still call diaper need a "silent crisis," because many Americans don't know that one in three low-income families struggles to afford clean diapers for their children. But more people are paying attention and taking action every day — thanks to the hard work of diaper bankers across the country...

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A Program That Treats Moms Like the Precious Resource They Are

(0) Comments | Posted August 5, 2014 | 2:43 PM

Gabrielle had lost her job in human resources and did not know how she was going to feed her two children. "I really needed some support," she says. She wasn't just talking about material support. Job loss comes with a whole host of emotional challenges -- like stress, depression and...

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What Difference Does One Child Make?

(0) Comments | Posted May 29, 2014 | 11:53 AM

I live in a state that has been a leader in supporting vulnerable children, but national attention is focusing on how Connecticut failed one girl in state care. That focus is absolutely justified.

"Jane Doe" is a 16-year-old girl who experienced horrific abuse at the hands of...

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Most Powerful Man in the World Grew Up on Food Stamps

(1) Comments | Posted April 11, 2014 | 5:36 PM

I had a chance to meet the president recently, so of course I talked with him about poverty.

(This may give you some insight into why I am not invited to more parties.)

I'm not bragging. I was at a dinner with Barack Obama through a series of flukes and...

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Those Slackers at Downton Abbey

(1) Comments | Posted February 7, 2014 | 10:39 AM

They don't work for a living; they keep making babies; and they have a tremendous sense of entitlement. I'm talking about the Crawleys, of course, the fictional blue bloods who live at Downton Abbey.

Many times, we see that same list of criticisms aimed at low-income people as evidence...

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Women Are the Answer

(0) Comments | Posted January 14, 2014 | 1:14 PM

After years of recession and lackluster recovery, somebody has finally stated the obvious: If women were participating in the American economy up to their potential, happy days would be here again.

That somebody is Maria Shriver. Fifty years after her father, Lyndon Baines Johnson aide Sargent Shriver, launched...

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New Year's Resolutions To Do Right By Children

(0) Comments | Posted December 13, 2013 | 1:24 PM

While I'm all for dropping 20, kicking the habit and being more punctual, the most important resolutions we can make on New Year's focus on our children, not ourselves. My jiggly thighs aren't a national catastrophe, but the way we treat the next generation is.

It's been widely...

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Hate to Clean? Be Thankful

(0) Comments | Posted November 12, 2013 | 8:30 AM

I have a new definition of being fortunate in America: You can afford to complain about cleaning.

It's pretty common to roll your eyes at the number of laundry loads your family generates or the urgent need to wash the floor after the dog has tracked in mud. In fact,...

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The Crisis That Was Not Averted

(0) Comments | Posted October 17, 2013 | 5:27 PM

Though our government is running again and will not default, there is still a crisis in progress. During the 16 days of government shutdown, demand went up for emergency assistance from furloughed federal employees, outside vendors who lost wages because of the shutdown and people who relied on federally-funded programs...

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The Unmentionable Problem

(0) Comments | Posted September 23, 2013 | 9:03 AM

We were women with microphones who were dying to get something off our chests. What did we want to talk about? Poverty. It wasn't so much a policy issue as a personal cause with all of us, which made for a lively panel.

"Exposure to poverty in utero

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Saying the Right Thing

(1) Comments | Posted September 8, 2013 | 6:05 PM

Job, that famously unfortunate fellow of the Old Testament and the Quran, dealt with all sorts of disasters. His “friends” appear repeatedly to tell the upright and virtuous Job how his own moral failings are the reason for the mighty wind that caused his house to collapse upon his children,...

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3 Things We Need to Stop Saying About Poverty

(108) Comments | Posted August 22, 2013 | 9:38 AM

One in five American children are growing up in poverty. Problems, as a rule, do not get solved unless we talk about them. I would dearly love to see a national conversation about poverty, and I'd love it to be an intelligent and productive one. Unfortunately, there are a lot...

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