Thursday, January 13, 2011

Helping Moms in Need

At HMN, we believe that every mom (and dad!) needs support. Parenting is one tough job and it can test you and stretch you in ways you never expected. Having others to lean on, to ask for help or advice, or to commiserate in your parenting challenges is invaluable. If you are making unconventional parenting decisions, as many of us do here at Holistic Moms, the need support grows exponentially. Without it, many parents give up trying to pursue natural, green, or healthier options that they are interested in. Pressure from society, media, friends, and family can be overwhelming. Parenting is often hard enough without having to defend your choices.

Through the generosity of HMN friends, supporters, and members, we are fortunate to be able to provide moms who are also facing financial challenges with a means to get connected and find support. Through our Helping Moms in Need Program, moms who are financially unable to join our community due to hardship (unemployment, illness, disability, for example) can apply for a scholarship membership.

Since the program's inception, HMN has granted 85 Helping Moms in Need Program memberships to parents in 21 states across the country. The recipients of these memberships have experienced amazing support and empowerment through our communities. As one grantee described:

HMN has been truly life a life changing experience for me in that having a connection to like minded moms who offer a plethora of support and kindness. The awareness and knowledge among the members of our group is unmatched. I'm thankful to have the support of the group knowing that I'd be alone with family far away and a husband who works away from home... I don't know what I would do without the social, intellectual, emotional, and supportive connection I have with the HMN moms.” A.

And we'd like to do more! As a finalist in the Sambazon Warrior of Change Contest, we may have an opportunity to support even more moms. The contest winner will receive a grant of $10,000 to help further the mission and purpose of their organization. If the Holistic Moms Network wins, one of the first things we will do is to grant 50 new scholarship memberships to moms in need - and we'll let you nominate the candidates! We know there are lots of moms out there right now dealing with difficult economic challenges. Help us win so we can make a difference! Vote for HMN today, share the contest on Facebook and Twitter, or email your friends to send in their votes. Help make a difference for all of us!

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