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Poverty, Pitfalls, and the Price of Diapers

Poverty, Pitfalls, and the Price of Diapers

By HappyBottoms with Jill Gaikowski & Ashley Allison
Why do some of us end up in a pile of it while others get out clean? What are we going to do about the rising cost of diapers? How can we all be so much the same, yet so different? Join us as we go on a journey to learn about life, leadership, and how it all circles back to diapers.
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The Best Kind of People
Rod & Sharon have been married for 8 years, are retired and live in Leawood, KS. They have 5 children between them ranging in ages from 27 – 31. They are members of Church of the Resurrection where they are active in small groups and all kinds of volunteering including serving on international mission trips. In 2012, they founded Offering Hope Foundation which has a mission of “Serving God and our neighbors, near and far, by helping children meet their most basic needs”. Through the foundation, they volunteer and grant funds to like-minded organizations. Their hobbies include reading, golfing, traveling, cooking and of course spending time with their 2 grandsons.
42:10
January 18, 2022
The One With Jill & Ashley
It's time for introductions!  Listen up as Jill and Ashley talk about where they come from, when they learned about poverty, and discuss all that's to come for HappyBottoms in 2022.  Stick around to the end for the new "Man on the Street" segment (it's a working title).  We hope you enjoy, Jill and Ashley!   
54:29
January 03, 2022
The Skin Barrier Breaks Down
Today we talk to pediatrician and HappyBottoms board member, Dr. Lisa Avery.   Dr. Avery talks about the affects of leaving your kiddo in diapers for too long (the skin barrier breaks down), wanting to be a doctor since she was in elementary school and how she's had to learn to speak up during COVID.   In her own words, a bit more about Lisa:  I grew up in Kansas City and graduated from Oak Park High school. I attended Saint Louis University for my undergraduate education but returned to Kansas City for medical school at the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Medicine. I completed pediatric residency at Children’s Mercy Hospital. I continued to work at Children’s Mercy until 2014, and then I transitioned to outpatient pediatric medicine.  I have been with Priority Care Pediatrics for six years. I alternate my time as a newborn hospitalist at three Northland hospitals and seeing patients in the office. With my job, I have the opportunity to meet many families for the first time at birth and guide them through the first hours and days of parenthood. It is an honor to use my education and experience to help kids and families navigate through illness, to ensuring that well children stay healthy, my goal is comprehensive, complete medical care. In addition to the book knowledge and clinical experience that my training has provided me, my two children Emma and Grant have made me an infinitely better pediatrician with the joy, frustrations, and worries that embody parenthood. My husband Jon is an amazing father who has made me a better doctor as well through his love, support, and his own parenting techniques. When I am not at work, I enjoy spending time with my family, wrangling our two dogs on walks, and snuggling with our two cats. I also have the honor of serving on the Board of HappyBottoms. HappyBottoms has had a tremendously positive impact on both my personal life and my professional life, helping many of the families I see on a daily basis. We hope you enjoy, Dr. Lisa Avery!
31:28
December 20, 2021
9 Kids, 1 Bathroom
Mark is an extraordinary man with more knowledge than we can capture in 1 small podcast.  He will definitely be a repeat guest, listen and enjoy!
36:13
December 06, 2021
The Matrescence (rhymes with adolescence)
Join us as we talk to two moms on a mission to change the landscape of maternal mental health and to identify its role and importance to overall wellness.  Lauren and Megan created the The Matrescence out of a desire to help other women navigate through their personal experience with maternal mental health and wellness. They provide a platform of evidence-based resources and more importantly, a community to support, uplift, and empower one another through connection. If you're a mamma, you're going to want to listen to this one.  Connect with them on instagram here: https://www.instagram.com/thematrescence/ Please enjoy Megan and Lauren. 
54:43
November 25, 2021
Love, Love, Lovely Love
Autumn Bryant loves her Kansas City and has an unwavering love and appreciation for her local community. She is passionate about community access and opportunity and believes that everyone has the ability to be successful if only given the chance to be.  Autumn is not only a HappyBottoms client, but she is on our Young Professional Board, and diversity, equity and inclusion committee at HappyBottoms.  Plus she's a single mom with an adorable 5 year old and works full time for the Kauffman Scholars Program, a program she herself was a part of.  This one has already accomplished a lot and has a big future ahead. Please enjoy, Autumn!
51:14
November 08, 2021
Riding the Rails
In this episode our fearless Finance Director Pam Sutherlin talks about her first experience noticing poverty, and how fundraising has always been a part of her life.  Pam has been involved with HappyBottoms since it's early days and is responsible for much of the infrastructure.  She's a superstar to the entire team and after giving YEARS of volunteer time as a Board member and staff, we're happy to officially have Pam onboard as part of our leadership team.  You won't see her much, but her wisdom and knowledge is always behind the scenes! Plus, she has the best GIF game around!  In 2021 she was recognized as one of KC Business Journals CFO of the Year Honorees.  Ashley and Jill talk about Ashley's son turning 11....sometimes there are pitfalls of parenting too.  Enjoy!
51:51
October 25, 2021
The Repo Man
Entrepreneur, author, father, husband, grandfather, friend, HappyBottoms board member and diaper recipient client, Richard Dixson blows Jill and Allison away!  Richard is fun-loving and lives life to the fullest. He loves raising his four grandchildren who keep him young and exhausted. He has been blessed to be married to a wonderful best friend for 36 years creating adventurous memories along the way. Richard has worn many hats over the years in corporate management and nonprofit organizations. His day job is involved with the Community Action Agency of Greater KC helping to improve the health and safety of poor homeowners throughout the Kansas City area. His passionate life project is dedicated to helping traumatized families create peaceful homes through a 9-step online parenting course he created called Drama-Free Parenting Academy. When he is not working or serving others, his time is spent writing stories for his children book series, Sophie the Unicorn. He loves traveling with his wife and grandchildren making memories they will cherish forever.  Richard gets real and honest about life, and the hard choices we have to make. Enjoy! 
58:23
October 11, 2021
Cloth Diapers Are A Luxury
On this episode we talk with former FOX4 News Reporter Tess Koppelman.  Tess served on the HappyBottoms board for many years and understands diaper need very well with two small children at home.  We get into disposable vs. cloth diapering, bonding with others, and how the death of Tess's brother shaped her life.  We still call on Tess from time to time for advice, contacts, or anything media related. She's a lifer for sure! Enjoy!
45:05
September 27, 2021
Introducing Poverty, Pitfalls, and the Price of Diapers
Hello and welcome to Poverty, Pitfalls, and the Price of Diapers. I’m Jill Gaikowksi, a mom, sister, daughter, friend, leader, former runner and performer, sometime’s yogi, lover of sunsets and all things travel, and the Executive Director and Founder of HappyBottoms, Kansas City's diaper bank. My co-host, and Marketing Manager at HappyBottoms, Ashley Allison is a mom, daughter, friend, music lover, runner, KC sports nut, and transplant from rural Virginia. Ashley and I will be interviewing everyone from clients to donors, politicians to local leaders, and everyone in between. As we make these connections I hope you will learn, grow, connect and be inspired right beside us.  We'll ask the same set of questions about life and leadership for each episode and see where the conversation takes us.  We may have differences now but we all started somewhere....and diapers were likely a part of it.
03:59
September 15, 2021