July & August 2014

More Than Milk had an energizing summer engaging with New Moms, Inc., The Academy for Global Citizenship, and The Imperial Grove Senior Home.  From making candles, to helping in classrooms, we enjoyed connecting with organizations and individuals making a difference in Chicago.

IMG_3975On July 16, More Than Milk volunteers spent the morning at Bright Endeavors, the non-profit social enterprise of New Moms, Inc., where participants gain on-the-job experience producing and marketing a line of eco-friendly candle and bath products. While babies and toddlers played with UrbanSitter sitters, volunteers worked alongside New Moms participants, hopefully easing the stress of a busy season. New Moms, Inc., is an organization dedicated to equipping struggling, impoverished adolescent parents and their children with the personal and career-readiness tools to permanently change their life stories from chronic dependence on society to economic independence and family stability.

Image 3On Friday, Aug. 8, More Than Milk Moms teamed up with teachers at the Academy for Global Citizenship to help the school get ready to start the year! Academy for Global Citizenship is a Chicago Public Charter School dedicated to teaching children how to make the world a better place. Moms helped clean desks, organize libraries and put up bulletin boards. Big thanks to the Urban Sitter babysitters who played with our kids in the school gym and playground!

June 2014

We kicked of June with a Summer Celebration for the House of the Good Shepherd.  This organization is dedicated to providing women and children with a safe home to heal from the trauma of domestic violence as well as the economic development necessary to become self-sufficient members of the community.  The celebration was filled with laughter, dancing, singing, and crafting! It was truly an honor to be in a room with so many amazing moms: moms paving new paths & brighter futures for their children, moms making philanthropy a family priority, and mom and musician, Sarah Jayne Lane, singing and bringing such joy to the kids with her 2 month old in tow!

One of our mini volunteers preparing the crafts. The smiles of the children during the music & crafting were just as big and joyous!