September kicked off with an impromptu gift card drive for back-to-school shoes. While we love to plan in advance, we also love to fill a need for our Featured Organizations. The kids staying at the House of Good Shepherd needed new shoes for the new school year and we were happy to rally our community. We donated 31 $25 gift cards and were once again amazed by the quick response and generosity of Chicago families! Our friends at House of Good Shepherd were beyond appreciative. The House of Good Shepherd is an organization 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.
In mid-September we launch our new Singing with Senior project at The Imperial Grove Senior Home. We welcomed Bee-Boppers Music to help us spread joy, laughter, songs, and smiles to our elderly friends. With a room filled with energetic toddlers dancing, singing, and hugging, smiles were abundant among elders and moms! We can’t wait for next month!
On September 20, More Than Milk helped the participants of New Moms, Inc., celebrate fall with their children, providing snacks, crafts, photography, and a music concert! Ten More Than Milk moms and their kids enjoyed a morning of making new friends and supporting the mothers and staff of New Moms, Inc. Miss Lindsey of Bee-Boppers Music and Carlo Navarro Photography helped make it a morning to remember!
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.
On 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.
On 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!
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!