MTM Cleveland – Pandemic Philanthropy

One of the goals of More Than Moms is to support our community. Typically around mothers day we have a large diaper drive for local families in need. But like everything else, COVID-19 threw a wrench in those plans.

Our advocacy director, Allie Waring, was in contact with the Department of Family and Child Services back in December when we adopted families and purchased needed items and Christmas gifts as a group. The DFCS reached out to Allie once again a few weeks ago. They had families struggling due to COVID-19 and wanted to know if we were interested in helping.

Because of COVID-19 we collected all donations from our members digitally. The total was a $420! This allowed us to purchase digital gift cards which were sent to three families at $140 each.

Our group feels so grateful that we were able to complete an advocacy project in lieu of the diaper drive. This particular project allowed our members to help a family in need from the comfort of our homes.

Beyond the group sanctioned project, several of our members are essential workers and are making sure our community continues to run smoothly. Several members are making masks at an amazing rate to help protect our local workers and families. We are so proud to call these members our friends.

While we miss getting together in person and letting our kids run freely on the playgrounds, we have been having socials for the moms on Zoom. One of our board members hosted a wine seminar via Zoom. Another board member is hosting a virtual trivia night soon. We have also had a group video chat to catch up and enjoy adult conversations.

We hope you are all staying healthy and social distancing!

More Than Moms Holiday season 2019

It’s time for our winter holidays already! We wrapped up our year with a lovely holiday party and a an advocacy project. One of our members (kindly) opened her home up for our Christmas party. Nikole, one of the leaders, cooked an incredible meal including prime rib and turkey. The rest of the board pitched in on sides and a local company, Sugar Bomb Confections, made a selection of desserts for the evening. We all enjoyed eating a delicious meal, in a beautifully decorated home and catching up before the holidays. The evening ended with a gift exchange. Each member brought some of their favorite things and we drew numbers to pick gifts. You could steal from someone or select a new one. The highly coveted gifts included a handmade scarf, coffee gift cards/mugs, and blankets.

Our advocacy chair, Allie, organized two incredible projects this year. First was our annual donation to Maggies Place. These gifts included baby soaps, over the counter medications, bottles, diapers, wipes, and more. We are so lucky that we get to help out this incredible group. The second project was for a family through The Department of Family and Child Services. We were able to provide them with winter coats, hats, gloves, shoes, bedding, kitchen items, movies, and many gift cards. Allie and Michelle wrapped everything beautifully and delivered it in time for Christmas!

From our homes to yours, we wish everyone a happy holiday season. We look forward to a new year of motherhood and more!

August 2019 Social: Test Your Personality

For the August social we jumped on the Ennegram bandwagon with guest speaker Katherine Sikma. Katherine did a wonderful job explaining the basics of Ennegrams in such a quick amount of time. By the end of the session most of the attendees could confidently identify their Ennegram number, as well as place some of the people in their lives.

Katherine began her talk by describing the history of Ennegram typing. It’s been around since the 1970’s but has experienced a resurgence in the past few years. She moved on to give an overview of each type. She actually recommended just reading about each type and finding which one fits your personality as opposed to taking a test. The tests are typically not very accurate. She also briefly went over the concept of a wing. For example if you are a type 1, your wing can only be a 2 or a 9 because it has to be one of the numbers on either side of your number on the chart (see photo below).

After the overview of each type, she recommended some extra resources for a more expansive coverage. She highly recommended podcasts, including “The Road Back To You: Looking At Life Through the Lens of the Ennegram,” and “The Ennegram Journey.” A quick google search will bring up countless resources on Ennegram typing but her best recommendation for an overview was The Ennegram Institute.

Once you’ve read an overview of each type and find which one feels the most like who you are, you can use Ennegram typing to understand your own behavior patterns, how you interact with others, and your strengths and weaknesses. For a more lighthearted side of Ennegram-ology, check out Ennegram and Coffee on Instagram. She posts funny breakdowns of each type in different situations. There are also a plethora of funny meme pages just devoted to Ennegrams. The possibilities are endless.

A special thank you to our member Heidi who is a long time friend of our Ennegram host Katherine.

Fun in the Sun: MGW 2019

Our annual Mom’s Getaway Weekend took us to Sandusky this year. On Friday, fourteen of us arrived to stay in a big, eclectic house where we played games, drank and did a little bit of sleeping.

On Saturday we all ventured over to Put-in-Bay for a day of fun and shenanigans! It was hot and sunny, but most places we visited either had air conditioning or shade and, of course, lots to drink!

This weekend is something many of us look forward to every year. It’s a time to put aside all the stresses that us moms endure and we take the time to be ourselves, hang out with friends and just enjoy some relaxation!

Of course we miss our families back home but it’s always a great reset in the middle of summer to get this time away. We already have plans for our MGW 2020! If you’d like to join us, consider joining the group and we’ll share the info with you! It’s always a great time with great friends!

Diaper Drive for Providence House

Our Mother’s  Day Diaper Drive was a success!! Nearly 600 diapers and 150 nursing pads are going to moms in need at the Providence House!
“Providence House is a crisis nursery committed to child abuse prevention and family preservation in the Cleveland area.” For more information about this wonderful organization, visit their website at https://www.provhouse.org/

Mother’s Day Diaper Drive

The Diaper Drive is on! We are collecting diapers now through Mother’s Day to benefit moms in need through the Providence House Crisis Nursery in Cleveland https://www.provhouse.org/

You can help familes this Mother’s Day by dropping diapers off at any one of these locations:

No More Monkeys Enrichment (16210 Madison Ave., Lakewood, OH 44107)

*NMME will also be donating 25% of each new Family Membership during our diaper drive!! Check them out!! https://www.kindmonkeys.com/

Westlake Rec Center (28955 Hilliard Blvd, Westlake, OH 44145)

Middleburg Heights Rec Center (16000 Bagley Rd, Middleburg Heights, OH 44130)

Play Grounds Family Cafe (15715 Madison Ave, Lakewood, OH 44107)

You may also give your donation to any board member.

*All sizes of diapers are needed.

Thank you for your generosity!!

We are honored to be featured as part of Play: CLE’s List of Best Blogs in Cleveland!! https://www.playcle.com/2019/04/15/best-blogs-in-cleveland/

Thank you so much for recognizing us! Here on our blog, we like to talk about activities we have going on with the group, community events, as well as real-life “mom talk.”

If you are visiting our site for the first time… WELCOME!!!

More Than Moms is a non-profit organization that recognizes moms who are so much more than being just that! Many of us are successful entrepreneurs, business-owning, hard-working, stay-at-home, work-from-home, work out-of-the-home, women who happen to have children and are rock stars every single day!!

Our board members plan several events each week  -both with and without kids. We also have advocacy projects throughout the year to benefit mothers and families in our community.  No matter what you are looking for in a mom’s group -we have a lot to offer! If you’d like to meet us and learn more, please consider joining us at our annual Spring Open House, which will take place Thursday, June 13th. http://meetu.ps/e/GDSzj/FFgsg/d

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Our (Snowy) Bunny Brunch

This year’s Bunny Brunch was a cold one! We woke up to snow on the ground! The thought of an egg hunt in that wet, cold, white stuff didn’t seem like much fun. Luckily, everyone was flexible and tossing the eggs around the room was a fine alternative. The kids didn’t seem to mind! We didn’t let the weather stop us from having a great time!

This event is always a favorite with our members and families. One reason being the delicious food! It is pot-luck style where we all bring something to share; casseroles, eggs, pancakes, donuts, etc. And this year we were very grateful to a local company, Barry Bagels, for donating 5 dozen bagels to us! They were amazing, as always! Check out their store on Detroit in Avon!
After our yummy breakfast, the Easter Bunny paid us a visit! As expected, some kids were thrilled and others wanted nothing to do with him.
Even though Easter is a time to celebrate Spring (and we all want to wear cute dresses), we rolled with the punches to pull off a “Wintery” brunch and egg hunt!

Chalking it up with Emily!

Have you heard of Chalk Couture? If you haven’t, you’re missing out! Our very own Emily Wooten is a consultant and creates one of a kind pieces using special materials only the company sells. These include chalk pastes, stencils/transfers and all the materials needed to make signs and home decor.

Every month More Than Moms plans a social, in which we teach one another something, or have a guest speaker –the point is to learn something new! Emily used this time to show us how to use the chalk pastes to make cute magnets to take home.

If you’re interested in learning more about Chalk Couture, check out Emily’s facebook page. She does parties also! https://www.facebook.com/sweetchalkdesignswithemily/

 

Giving Back During the Holidays

Every year around the holidays MTM gives back in a big way. We like to follow our mission statement, “…We address mothers’ needs as individuals and members of society and promote the value of all the work mothers do.” So it is important for us to help families, especially moms, who could use a little extra support. All moms have stress this time of year, but some may be trying to work through difficult situations in order to make a better life for themselves and their children.

This season we chose to help the community in a couple different ways. First, we decided we wanted to “adopt” a family. So we contacted the City of Cleveland and were connected with a family who have fallen under hard times recently, and the mother has been working hard to turn things around. Being able to rally together to provide this family with gifts, and winter essentials, was so wonderful. Hopefully we were able to take a big stressor off of her. We at MTM hope this family has a wonderful Christmas and a great year ahead!

A total of 36 presents wrapped and ready for a deserving family!!

We have also worked closely with Maggie’s Place Ohio in the past. This wonderful organization provides mothers with hospatality and support. Just before the holidays, they hosted a Christmas Shopping event for the mothers they help. MTM was honored to volunteer at this event, as well as donate gifts and necessities in advanced. Helping other mothers in need is what we are all about!

Thank you to our members for your donations and generosity this holiday season!!

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