Momentum for Mamas4Mamas
Project Goal: $500
Mamas4Mamas is a national charitable organization that supports mothers and caregivers in crisis by providing ongoing support to individuals and families facing various poverty-related struggles. They have branches currently based out of Kelowna, Vancouver, Calgary, Grande Prairie, and Kitchener/Waterloo.
Recent statistics from Citizens for Public Justice reports that a staggering 5.8 million people in Canada (or 16.8%) live in poverty (https://cpj.ca/poverty-trends-2018/). Mamas4Mamas is committed to giving a hand up, not just a hand out to those struggling by providing them with essential needs.
While their name is Mamas for Mamas, they welcome caregivers of any gender identity or expression, including men, trans, non-binary, and two-spirit clients. Mamas4Mamas envisions a future where no Mama or child is left behind.
Mamas4Mamas mission is to change the landscape of poverty through innovative approaches to financial barriers faced by struggling families. They understand that charity does not solve poverty, but community does, and because of this, they bring our community into our mission, to make sure that we are looking after each other collectively.
Mamas for Mamas was founded on the notion of re-building 'the village'. Making sure that as a care-giver you are able to not only get through this sometimes tough journey, but to thrive in it.
Making sure that all mamas, papas, and caregivers have some place in which they can go to in times of need, or in just trying to seek connection.
What is Mamas4Mamas doing to nourish their community?
Mamas4Mamas nourishes their community by filling the gaps and creating programs where they see need. One example of how they do this is through the Sustainable Nourishment program, where Mamas4Mamas partners with a local farm to plant, grow, and harvest fresh food with the help of our volunteers, so that those who otherwise would be living off of non-perishables, now have access to fresh healthy food.
Mamas4Mamas has a variety of other support programs available across BC and Alberta, including for Deaf & Hard of Hearing, Mental Health & Wellness, and Comprehensive At-Risk. They have also joined forces with Telus Health MyCare to offer counseling services at no cost to caregivers in BC. If you are a caregiver in need of mental health support or counselling, you can apply to the Telus Health Counseling sessions here.
How can a micro-grant build momentum for Mamas4Mamas?
This donation will help Mamas4Mamas ensure they have funds to continue running their community programs and help ensure that no family is left behind.
Programs currently running include Indigenous Support, Deaf and Hard of Hearing Groups, Young Mama & Teen Support Groups, Sustainable Nourishment Programs, Mental Health & Wellness, and At-Risk programs across their branches throughout Canada.
Learn More about Mamas4Mamas:
Website → https://www.mamasformamas.org/
Instagram → @mamas4mamas
Facebook → https://www.facebook.com/mamasformamas.org