About HAMO

Can You Help A Mother Out?

Our mission is to help improve the lives of mothers, children, and families in need, one diaper at a time. We believe that direct action, advocacy, and raising awareness go hand in hand. We currently coordinate a network of diaper donation drives throughout California and maintain a regularly updated blog that addresses issues of poverty, economics, children, families, and mothers.

info (at) helpamotherout (dotorg)

Pink Onesie from http://www.obeythebaby.com

Our Story

Help A Mother Out (HAMO) was formed in the spring of 2009 in reaction to media reports about the economic crisis’s effect on young children, families, and mothers, in particular the growing numbers of homeless children and families in California. Reaching out to San Francisco Bay Area shelters, cofounders Lisa Truong and Rachel Fudge learned that the number-one need was not baby blankets, clothing, or even food but diapers—which are not covered under social-safety net programs like WIC or food stamps. So they decided to organize a Mother’s Day diapers-and-wipes donation drive to benefit a dozen agencies serving low-income and homeless families throughout California. Using the powerful, and free, social-networking and internet technologies at their disposal—such as Twitter, Facebook, WordPress, Gmail, even Amazon.com—they mounted a campaign that generated over 15,000 diapers for families in need.

Surprised and awed by the outpouring of support from across the country, they decided to turn the one-time drive into an ongoing year-round campaign both to encourage diaper donations and to raise awareness.

You can read more about our origins here.

Read our bios here.

Read what other people are saying about us here.


Lisa Truong, lisa (at) helpamotherout (dot org)

Rachel Fudge, rachel (at) helpamotherout (dot org)


Alicia Rizzo Soriano, alicia (at) helpamotherout (dot org),  San Diego Chapter

Sarah Gibbs, sarah (at) helpamotherout (dot org),  San Jose Chapter

Kim Tracy Prince, Los Angeles Chapter

Rachel Miller, Rachel.Miller (at) helpamotherout (dotorg), Diaper Bank Network Manager

Briar Levit, BriarMade, hello (at) briarmade (dot com), Graphic Design


6 responses to “About HAMO

  1. RecessionDaily

    I like what you are doing here!

  2. Thanks for stopping by RLM! We heart you too!

  3. Pingback: 13 Ways to Support Our May Donation Campaign « Help A Mother Out

  4. This site is very inspirational. I can’t wait to read more. Its after midnight now, must try to get some sleep…I have a very energetic 2-year-old! xoxox

  5. Happy to see many donations and everyone helping each other!

  6. I just want to congratulate you for the amazing work you do.

    It is beautiful to see such powerful sisterhood!

    My best wishes to all of you.

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