Here we are mid-year and I think a good time to invite you all to peek into our community outreach process. MommyCon focuses outreach in areas that are dear to us and our community. We love organizations that are started by community members who saw a need and, through sheer grit, grew centers of community support.
At every event we collect cloth diapers for Share the Love and carriers for The Carrying On Project. Our collection hamper is always full to overflowing by the end of the day with diaper donations from this amazing community of yours! The Carrying On Project was founded in 2013. They have grown to provide global support to military families. From their site: “TCOP is a 501c3 that has been around since early 2013 that not only provides carriers to low-income Military families in need but also hosts playdates around the world to foster community and companionship for all military families.” If you have carriers you wish to donate, please think of TCOP!
Aside from our permanent outreach partners, we have two Scholarship Programs in place. Our Do KIND Things Scholarship is sponsored by KIND Snacks. Not only does KIND promote healthy eating with their super tasty and healthy for you snacks, but they sustain a culture of spreading and celebrating kindness through action. Visit them online to read about their many projects through KIND Foundation, KIND Causes and their random acts of #kindawesome. Our Military Scholarship Program is open to active duty and veteran families. Supporting our Military members and their families is important to us. We are so pleased to be able to show them our gratitude for their service. Applications are accepted for both scholarships, at least 30 days prior to each event, on our homepage under the Events tab.
Meeting new people who are working to make the world awesome is one of the best parts about this company. MommyCon partners with extraordinary local organizations in every city we visit. While researching, I am continually in awe of the power of community. MommyCon DC, our most recent event, brought us to 3 organizations that concentrate in different but connected areas. If you are local to DC and wish to donate, or learn more, please take some time to get to know these outreach powerhouses. Of course, you do not have to be local to reach out or learn about their work!
Mamatoto Village was started in 2012 by Doulas who saw a need for better education and access for birth workers and the women they serve. Since their inception, they have grown an incredible community that provides pre-natal, birth support, post-natal, breastfeeding and parenting support to medically underserved populations. In addition to the care they provide, Mamatoto Village offers a Perinatal Community Health Worker Training Program to increase the presence of qualified women of color in Maternal Health services. We can’t fully express how inspired we are by this organization!
Healthy Babies Project has been providing support for at-risk families in the DC area for over 20 years. The volume of services they offer is staggering. The Perennial Transition House For Teen Parents caught our eye as an incredible resource for young parents in DC. They continue to empower young parents through their Teen Parent Empowerment Sessions, Teen to Doula Program and Home Visitor Outreach. It is our hope that Healthy Babies Project gets continuous support to grow these, and other, programs for the local community as they continue to inspire others to action.
Breastfeeding In Color, founded by Isreal Jean Holland, is a newer organization to DC. With the goal of empowering women with support for their breastfeeding journeys and a community to lean on. We were excited to meet the founder and wish her much success. Here is her bio and contact information: Isreal Jean Holland is a Black American Jewish woman from a Southeast DC neighborhood who is part of the first generation of Black American women in her family to breastfeed and she wants to empower black women to take back their bodies and nurse their young regardless of their socioeconomic circumstances.
If there is an organization you would like us to partner with, we would love to connect with you. Please drop me a line at firstname.lastname@example.org. Giving back is one of the ways we can help change the perception of motherhood in America. We look forward to working with you, and your community.
For a full list of events, visit mommycon.com/events
I hope you all enjoy the last bit of Summer and hope to see you soon at an upcoming event!