Mother’s Day Donations

Mother’s Day Donations

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Every Mother’s Day we create special gift bags for some of the moms that we are helping. These are moms facing crisis alone – without a partner. They may be going through an illness, balancing life as a single mom or living in a shelter. We want these moms to know that they are not alone and that someone cares. If that someone is you, please have a look at the donation list of items* that we collect to create these lovely little gift bags. ♥

*New, unwrapped and non-denominational items only

National Volunteer Week 2019

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To celebrate National Volunteer Week, every year we feature a handful of our amazing volunteers who are truly making a difference!

As a volunteer-run and donation-driven charity, it takes a village to run our organization. Meet a few of our amazing supporters:

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Linda

Linda is a mom of two adult children and grandmother to two adorable grandchildren. She enjoys spending time with her family and volunteering with Made by Momma now that she is retired from the provincial government.

Linda started volunteering with MBM after she and her daughter went to a volunteer information session over two years ago. She was instantly hooked when she saw what MBM does and who MBM helps. Linda saw that there was a need for volunteers to help sort and distribute the many new and gently used donations. She also likes the flexibility of the volunteer hours, because it allows her to volunteer and still have lots of time with her grandchildren.

When asked what she liked best about MBM, Linda replied, “I know Made by Momma helps a lot of families in need, as well as families in the NICU units, and it’s nice to know that I’m a part of it all.”

Linda regularly volunteers at the MBM Resource Centre sorting, packing and organizing donations – and having a lot of fun with the other volunteers. She has also volunteered with Kitchen Chop Squad -preparing meals for our families- as well as helping out at the Louise Dean School Share Tables.

A BIG thank you to Linda for all the time and energy she has put into helping us here at Made by Momma. We really cannot run our organization without amazing volunteers like Linda!

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Laura

Laura has been living in Calgary with her husband, dog and cat for the last five years. When she is not spending time with her family or volunteering with Made by Momma, Laura can be found at her barn relaxing with her horses.

In October 2017, Laura did some research on MBM and quickly realized that she had to be a part of it all. It was MBM’s mission and the positive impact that it makes on the families in need that attracted Laura to volunteer. Not only did Laura like that she was able to volunteer around her schedule and not the other way around, but that there are numerous volunteer opportunities to choose from.

“The support that MBM provides is like no other organization. There is such a need in Calgary for the support that MBM provides to families, and without the help of so many volunteers it would not be possible,” explains Laura about what she has learned over the years volunteering at MBM.

Laura volunteers most Saturdays at the Resource Centre. She’ll be there to greet you with a big friendly smile, while cheerfully accepting donations and entering data. When she is not on-site, she is out doing home support visits and volunteering at MBM’s community events and fundraisers, such as the Fall FUNdraiser and Golf for Girls. Laura also enjoys helping out with packing meals and hampers, as well as helping with deliveries.

Thank you, Laura, for all you do for us here at MBM and in the community. You’re an inspiration, and we love having you as part of our organization.

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Kyley

Kyley is an accountant, holistic nutritionist, health coach and fitness enthusiast. When she is not volunteering with Made by Momma, she spends quality time with her fiancé and their four-legged family members.

Kyley has always enjoyed giving back to those
in need and the less fortunate. She firmly believes in the importance of
helping those who might not be able to help themselves. In May 2018, her friend
Laura introduced her to MBM—knowing it would be a perfect fit; Laura was right.
Kyley instantly knew that she had to be a part of this charity.

Some of Kyley’s favourite things about
volunteering with MBM is the flexibility of the volunteer schedule and how easy
it is to be involved. But for Kyley, it’s the community that is her favourite
part. She loves that every single person, volunteers and clients, at MBM are so
kind, thoughtful and caring. She believes it’s a privilege to know the ladies
who started MBM, as well as all those who volunteer, and those who they assist.

“As a team, we can help so many families,”
states Kyley about why she loves being part of MBM. “The number of families
that need assistance in Calgary is overwhelming, and it truly does take a
village to help.”

You can find Kyley helping out in almost every
area of MBM. She can be found volunteering Saturdays at the Resource Centre
with Laura. They work together to help track all of MBM’s donations, and ensure
all information is up to date and accurate, as well as helping with financial
reporting as needed and being on the capital campaign committee. But Kyley, the
highlight is working on the fundraising committee. Kyley worked on the Aussie
Rules Fundraiser last year and looks forward to more events like it.

Thank you, Kyley. You do so much for our
clients and us. We at Made by Momma are humbled and grateful for your continued
contributions.

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The Stampede City Kinettes

The Stampede City Kinettes Motto is “Serving the Community’s Greatest Need,” and they do exactly that when they come to volunteer at Made by Momma. This dynamic group of women from all walks of life have a passion for service work, but they also like to have fun. With a belief in fellowship and personal development, their common goal is to make the community a better place to live.

The Stampede City Kinettes first heard about Made by Momma through a sister club and have been volunteering for 3 years since. Seeing the kitchen as the heart of the home that is Made by Momma, this group loves cooking meals for families and enjoy the social aspect and fellowship of volunteering. They also proudly donated $10,000 in 2019 towards the “1 More Story” project and are excited to see it come to completion!

The Stampede City Kinettes would encourage other companies and groups to volunteer with Made by Momma in order to be a part of the fun and interactive team project of helping local families

Thank you, Stampede City Kinettes. Your dedication to volunteering provides such important support for families. We are proud and grateful to have volunteers like you with Made by Momma.

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The Stantec community unites more than 22,000 employees working in over 400 locations. Their work, which includes professional consulting in planning, engineering, architecture, interior design landscape architecture, surveying, environmental sciences, project management, and project economics, begins at the intersection of community, creativity and client relationships. They hold a long term commitment to the people and places they serve, connecting projects on a personal level and advancing the quality of life in communities across the globe.

Stantec feels that volunteering is an important part of upholding community pillars such as arts, education, environment, health and wellness. Volunteering with Made by Momma is part of an ongoing effort to get employees involved with organizations they are passionate about and help them connect with communities and strengthen them in meaningful ways.

Stantec first heard about Made by Momma in 2014 through an employee who had personally volunteered and donated. After hearing about what we do they knew they had to be a part of it somehow! Cooking meals for Made by Momma is a staff favourite as they are aware of the importance of nutritious meals for young families. During a recent group cook, Stantec made 44 packages of food, a total of 222 servings. They also donate clothing and help with inventory swaps between summer and winter seasons.

Stantec is looking forward to volunteering again, seeing what they will get to cook and what the Resource Centre looks like after the “1 More Story” campaign!

Groups like Stantec are integral to the support that Made by Momma provides. Thank you, Stantec for being dedicated to helping the community, and for choosing Made by Momma for your team volunteering.

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The Crew

This group of likeminded women, casually known as The Crew, believe in harnessing the collective power of women with the intention of helping communities thrive. Beginning with two friends who realized they could strengthen a network of creative and inspiring women by coming together to volunteer, they continue to grow and flourish, with their impacts on the community getting bigger and better!

A founding member of The Crew has volunteered with Made by Momma through her work with the Kinette Club of Calgary, who are huge supporters of our charity. They first volunteered almost two years ago, helping to reorganize a temporary space while the “1 More Story” addition was being built. Most recently they helped us move back into the Resource Centre, and partook in a “Galentine’s Day” cook in the new kitchen! They also participate in the Golf for Girls Tournament run by the Kinnette Club of Calgary in support of Made by Momma.

As women themselves, the recognition that women often worry about everyone else first, especially mothers. They know that women and mothers need to be supported. “We love supporting other women and we love that Made by Momma is so welcoming and non-judgemental; if you need help and ask for it, Made by Momma is there”

One of their favourite parts of volunteering with Made by Momma is knowing they have a direct impact on mothers and families. “When you cook a meal, you know somebody will literally be digging into it next week. When you make a donation, you know that everything you give goes directly to service delivery becasue the organization is volunteer-run”

The Crew truly embodies Made by Mommas philosophy of ‘women helping women,’ showing how powerful a dedicated group of volunteers can be. Thank you so much for your ongoing support and belief in our organization.

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#NVW2019 #MadeByMomma

2019 Summer Intern Opportunities

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Looking for a summer job? Love giving back to the community? We’ve got exciting news! We’ve applied for 3 Canada Summer Jobs Program Grants, and we’re looking for 3 fabulous Summer Interns!S

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As a volunteer-run organization, every aspect of what we do is done by volunteers….client intake, cooking & baking, updating the website, tracking data, planning events, packing up baby essentials, answering emails, delivering meals, organizing donation drives, attending community events…and everything in between!

The summer months can be a busy time for our organization so we’re looking forward to finding three dynamic students to help us run our Resource Centre. The positions open are: Resource Centre Coordinator, Marketing & Events Coordinator and The Happy Birthday Project Coordinator.

We’d love to find passionate and caring applicants who are / or have taken non-profit studies, social work, nursing, child development, psychology, sociology, business, PR/Marketing, communications, or management studies to be a part of our team. These positions have been created for someone between 18 and 30 years old.
Additional information on each available role can be found here:

These jobs will provide you with the opportunity to acquire new skills and gain valuable work experience in the nonprofit sector.

If you are passionate about the work our charity does and you’d like to apply for any of our positions, please get in touch with us. 

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*Positions are dependent on grant application approval.

This position is being supported by the Canada Summer Jobs Program/Service Canada
Eligible Applicants: To be eligible to participate in the CSJ initiative, individuals must:
• be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
• be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act3; and,
• be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.
We thank all applicants for their interest, suitable applicants will be contacted for interviews.

Thank you 100 Women & 100 Men Calgary!

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THANK YOU Calgary!
We are thrilled to be the chosen charity to receive the latest group donation(s) towards our #1MoreStory campaign!

2018 Epicure Foundation Grant Opportunity

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We are thrilled that Made by Momma is in the running to win $25,000 in funding from the Epicure Foundation!
YOU can help us win this much-needed funding! All it takes is a simple vote via survey monkey… you don’t even need to give your email address!
One vote per device!
Super easy!
https://epicure.com/en/about/epicure-foundation

CLICK the LINK above.
CLICK the VOTE NOW button
that will take you to Survey Monkey
Scroll down and click the box beside Made by Momma and then
SUBMIT at the bottom of the form.

THANK YOU!

Winning this financial gift would make a HUGE impact on our charity right now as we near the end of our #1MoreStory Campaign and gear up for our Christmas programs! ♥ 

 

MBM Prepared Meals     Volunteers in The MBM Kitchen

  MBM NICU Fanily MealsMBM Fresh Veggies

Adding a special touch!     MBM Soup to feed the soul

About the Epicure Foundation:

Giving Back

Access to real food. Simple cooking skills and knowledge of nutrition. The promise of a healthy meal tomorrow. These are basic necessities for every person, and the reason we established the Epicure Foundation™ in 2007.


Announcing the Epicure Foundation™ Grant Program!

Created to support research, education, and capacity-building projects that address key food security issues in Canada, this program will be awarding six finalists with in-kind donations and grants ranging from $2,500 to $25,000 in 2018!

Moms Matter – Building Community with #1MoreStory

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Hello supporters! We are SO EXCITED! We applied for the AVIVA Community Fund this year – and our idea was accepted!

Moms Matter – Building Community with #1MoreStory

We know #ItTakesAVillage to raise a family and we are #BetterTogether – winning this financial award would be a game-changer for our charity!

There are FOUR ways YOU can help make this happen!

1) Register to vote and give us all 10 of your votes! (you can do all 10 votes in one shot, it isn’t an every day voting thing)

2) Once voting is live on Tuesday at 10am – SHARE the heck out of our public Facebook / Twitter / Instagram posts encouraging more votes!

3) Ask your significant other, your sister, your workmates etc. (anyone with an email address!) to also register and vote for Made by Momma’s idea… all votes will be needed and appreciated!

4) If you are, or know of an AVIVA broker please connect us! Having a lot of Aviva broker support & votes helps immensely!

We know this is going to be a super tough competition – we will likely be up against big organizations and other big ideas….so every vote will matter!
xoxoxoxo

PS – you can go ahead and REGISTER today, and VOTE on Tuesday!

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Congratulations!

Your idea has been approved.

For your reference the unique link to your idea page is

https://www.avivacommunityfund.org/voting/project/view/18-638

Start promoting your idea today by sharing the unique link to your idea page using Facebook, Twitter or community events.

All approved ideas will be posted on the Aviva Community Fund website starting on the first day of the Voting Round on September 25, 2018 at 12:00 p.m. Eastern Time (ET).

Tell everyone you know (and even those you don’t!) about your incredible idea and encourage them to vote from September 25, 2018 to October 4, 2018.

Partner with a Broker

Another important way to get support for your idea is to team up with an Aviva broker partner in your community. The idea receiving the most Aviva broker partner votes during the competition will receive a $5,000 recognition prize, in addition to any other prize funds awarded.

Good luck!
The Aviva Community Fund Team

We are Building Community!

We are Building Community!

 

Golf for Girls 2018

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Golf for Girls 2018 was a HUGE success! We want to thank everyone involved in the event from all of our amazing volunteers and our awesome celebrities, to our wonderful golfers and our incredibly generous sponsors! We had a full day of raising money, drinking Champagne and there was a little golf in there too. This was by far our best year with a sold out tournament – raising $73,333!
We have to give a huge thank you to all the incredible people, companies, and organizations that helped us hit this milestone!

  • Stampede City Kinsmen – Presenting Sponsor
  • Mayfair Diagnostics – Dinner Sponsor
  • ATB Financial – Tee Prize Sponsor
  • Calgary Career Counselling – Golf Clinic Sponsor
  • Preventous Cosmetic Medicine – Cart Sponsor
  • Olympia Trust – Hole Sponsor
  • RCMV Family Law – Hole Sponsor
  • North Hill Center – Hole Sponsor
  • Red Events – Hole Sponsor
  • SalvEdge Boutique – Hole Sponsor
  • Within Design – Hole Sponsor
  • Burgundy Oak – Hole Sponsor
  • Charton Hobbes – Hole Sponsor
  • Glamaway Beauty – Hole Sponsor
  • First Impressions for our swag bags!
  • Stillpoint Bodyworks for their healing on-site experiences
  • Scarlet Edge Beauty for their relaxing on-site experiences
  • Kool 101.5 and Wild FM for being our media sponsors
  • Spolumbo’s for being our yummy lunch sponsors
  • Kaviar South Sea Pearls – for the beautiful pearls for the champagne draw and
  • Moet Chandon for the Champagne
  • South By Southwest Wines as our Wine Sponsor
  • Country Inn and Suites – Calgary Airport for being our Cookie Sponsor
  • Occasional Bloom for the gorgeous centerpieces
  • Stardust Event Group for all of our AV
  • River Spirit Golf Club for the incredible hospitality

Last, but never least – thank you to The Kinette Club of Calgary for choosing to partner with us once again, and making sure this event was a huge success! We know it takes a village and together we made it happen!

 

2018 GFG

 

*photo credit Carmen Julia Photography

 

June Dresses for Made by Momma

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MBM June Dresses Cover

JOIN US!

June Dresses is a month-long, peer-to-peer fundraising campaign for women in which participants pledge to wear a dress or a skirt each day in the month of June, capture it on photo, share on your social networks (and OURS!) and solicit pledge donations. Challenge your girls – family, friends and coworkers – to do the same.

Funds donated through this page go directly to Made by Momma and the work we do in support of women in our community. Check out our fundraising page here: June Dresses 2018  Join the challenge yourself, or create a team and encourage each other through the month!

Your participation and donation make a difference! With your help, women in Calgary and the surrounding communities will continue to have access to the services we provide.

To learn more about June Dresses, including tips & tricks for making through the month, local volunteering events and much more, please visit junedresses.ca

#MBMJuneDresses

Empowering women — One dress at a time! It’s FUN – with a purpose!

 

PS – did you know that for every dollar donated to Made by Momma through our CanadaHelps Page in the month of June, we’ll be entered into a draw for a $10,000 donation!?

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2018 Summer Student Opportunities

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2018 SUMMER STUDENT INTERNS

Looking for a summer job? Love giving back to the community? We’ve got exciting news! We’ve applied for 3 Canada Summer Jobs Program Grants for 3 fabulous Summer Students this year!

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As a volunteer-run organization, every aspect of what we do is done by volunteers….client intake, cooking & baking, updating the website, tracking data, planning events, packing up baby essentials, answering emails, delivering meals, organizing donation drives, attending community events…and everything in between!

The summer months can be a busy time for our organization so we’re looking forward to finding three dynamic students to help us run our Resource Centre. The positions open are: Resource Centre Coordinator, Multi-Media Marketing Coordinator and The Happy Birthday Project Coordinator.

We’d love to find student that are taking non-profit studies, social work, nursing, child development, psychology, sociology, business, PR/Marketing, communications, or management studies to be a part of our team. These positions have been created for a student between 18 and 30 years old, who has been attending school full-time, and will be resuming classes in the fall.
Additional information on each available role can be found here:  2018 Summer Students Job Posting

These jobs will provide you with the opportunity to acquire skills, gain valuable work experience and help finance your return to school.

If you are passionate about the work our charity does and you’d like to apply for any of our positions, please get in touch with us. 

2018 Summer Students

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*Positions are dependent on grant application approval.

This position is being supported by the Canada Summer Jobs Program/Service Canada
Eligible Student Participants: To be eligible to participate in the CSJ initiative, individuals must:
• be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
• have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
• be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act3; and,
• be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.
Interested applicants should e-mail their application to us before May 1, 2018. We thank all applicants for their interest, suitable applicants will be contacted for interviews.

Thank you for a GREAT 2017!

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To our valued Made by Momma supporters,

We want to wish you a heartfelt Happy Holidays and thank you for all of your support in 2017.

With your support we showed families in our city that they are not alone during challenging times. The families who came to us this past year had nowhere else to turn and we are grateful to everyone who helped us be there when their needs were greatest.

Together we helped provide meals for a family so that they could spend the last few precious moments together before cancer took their mother away; we held a newborn baby so mom could get some much needed rest after the birth of her twins; and we provided diapers, formula and baby essentials to help relieve the financial burden for a family after their father was taken from them much too soon; and we touched thousands of others lives in meaningful ways.

So thank you – thank you for all of your donations both financial and in-kind, thank you for all of the hours spent cooking, sorting, packing, delivering care packages, and thank you for reaching out to a mother in need and telling her that she is not alone.

As 2017 draws to a close we look forward to what the new year will bring. For Made by Momma, this will bring a year of change and growth as we write the next chapter in our story. For 8 years you have shown your trust and support in us to help mothers and their families during times of crisis and adversity; and now we are asking that you support us in taking the next crucial step to help families when they need it most. We’ve reached a critical stage where we must expand. We are currently renting 2 separate locations, plus 3 storage units to accommodate the tremendous need for our services. In order to become more efficient and meet the growing need for our programs, we have to renovate and add space to our Resource Centre. But we can’t do it alone. We need our village.

Every family we help has a story to share, and we want you to be a part of the next chapter in our story. We ask that you please help our Made by Momma team build #1MoreStory by making a charitable donation this holiday season.

For more information on charitable tax benefits for 2017 please click here. Please note that all on-line donations must be made prior to Sunday December 31st at midnight to qualify for this tax year and any cheques sent by mail must be dated in December 2017 and received by January 7th 2018.

We wish you a healthy, happy and prosperous New Year!

Thank you for your ongoing support – we can’t wait to share 2018 with you!

With gratitude,

2017 BOD

 

 

 

 

Made by Momma
Board of Directors
Volunteer-Run & Donation-Driven

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2017 Summer Student Interns

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2017 SUMMER STUDENT INTERNS

Looking for a summer job? Love giving back to the community? We’ve got exciting news! We’ve received another Canada Summer Jobs Program Grant to hire 3 fabulous Summer Students this year!

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As a volunteer-run organization, every aspect of what we do is done by volunteers….client intake, cooking & baking, updating the website, packing up baby essentials, answering emails, delivering meals, organizing donation drives, attending events…and everything in between!

The summer months can be a busy time for our organization so we’re looking forward to finding three dynamic students to help us run our Resource Centre. The positions open are: Resource Centre Coordinator, Community Kitchen Coordinator and The Happy Birthday Project Coordinator.

We’d love to find student that are taking non-profit studies, social work, nursing, child development, psychology, sociology, business, PR/Marketing, communications, culinary arts, and nutrition or dietitian studies to be a part of our team. These positions have been created for a student between 18 and 30 years old, who has been attending school full-time, and will be resuming classes in the fall.
Additional information on each available role can be found here:  2017 Summer Students Job Posting

These jobs will provide you with the opportunity to acquire skills, gain valuable work experience and help finance your return to school.

If you are passionate about the work our charity does and you’d like to apply for any of our positions, please get in touch with us!

2016 Summer Students

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This position is being supported by the Canada Summer Jobs Program/Service Canada
Eligible Student Participants: To be eligible to participate in the CSJ initiative, individuals must:
• be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
• have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
• be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act3; and,
• be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.

The wonderful world of the eWomen Network

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Made by Momma was the lucky recipient of a grant from the local Calgary Chapter of the eWomen Network. This is a group of entrepreneurial women that meet several times a month throughout the year to learn, teach, network and propel their businesses to greatness. They chose to support Made by Momma with a grant because they too firmly believe in women-helping-women.

On top of that awesomeness, we were also invited to their annual international conference in Dallas to accept the grant and meet all of the wonderful people in front of this fabulous organization – including the ever-inspiring Sandra Yancey.

Three members of our Board of Directors attended the conference and participated in educational sessions, business development workshops, networking and gleaning from many inspiring speakers. We came home inspired and fully charged to dive back into our ‘business’…. Made by Momma.

Thank you Yvonne Basten, Cameo Delisle and Sandra Yancy for recognizing and celebrating what we do and why it’s important.
#GiveFirstShareAlways #ewnconf

2016 SUMMER STUDENT INTERNS

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2016 SUMMER STUDENT INTERNS

Looking for a summer job? Love giving back to the community? We’ve got exciting news! We’ve received another Canada Summer Jobs Program Grant to hire 2 Summer Students this year!

As a volunteer-run organization, every aspect of what we do is done by volunteers….client intake, cooking & baking, updating the website, packing up baby essentials, answering emails, delivering meals, organizing donation drives, attending events…and everything in between!

The summer months can be a busy time for our organization so we’re looking forward to finding two dynamic students to help us run our Resource Centre. One position is our Resource Centre Coordinator and the other is our Community Kitchen Coordinator.
We’d love to find a student that is taking non-profit studies, social work, nursing, child development, psychology, sociology, business, communications, culinary arts, and nutrition or dietitian studies to be a part of our team. These positions have been created for a student between 18 and 30 years old, who has been attending school full-time, and will be resuming classes in the fall.
Additional information on each available role can be found here: 2016 SUMMER STUDENT JOB POSTINGS

These jobs will provide you with the opportunity to acquire skills, gain valuable work experience and help finance your return to school.

If you are passionate about the work our charity does and you’d like to apply for our Resource Centre Coordinator position or our Community Kitchen Coordinator, please get in touch with us!

2016 Summer Students

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This position is being supported by the Canada Summer Jobs Program/Service Canada
Eligible Student Participants: To be eligible to participate in the CSJ initiative, individuals must:
• be between 15 and 30 years of age at the start of the employment;
• have been registered as full-time students in the previous academic year and intend to return to school on a full-time basis in the next academic year;
• be a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or person to whom refugee protection has been conferred under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act3; and,
• be legally entitled to work in Canada in accordance with relevant provincial/territorial legislation and regulations.

National Volunteer Week 2016

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FEATURED VOLUNTEERS  
National Volunteer Week – April 10 – 17, 2016
By Renu Chandarana

Our volunteers are the backbone of our organization – their time, energy and dedication is how we are able to fulfill our mission day after day.  ♥
As National Volunteer Week 2016 comes to a close, we want to acknowledge and profile a few of of our amazing volunteers that truly make a difference to our organization.

 

Maggie N.
 “I love that I’m part of the support system for other moms when they need it. I am fortunate to have family and friends who are my support, and by volunteering with Made by Momma I can pay it forward by helping other moms in tough situations. “– Maggie N.

Maggie is a married mom of two young boys (2.5 years and 1 month). She heard about Made by Momma through the Community Knowledge Centre on The Calgary Foundation website and has been volunteering with us since August 2015.
Maggie empathizes with our clients because when her first son was just 6 months old, she broke her wrist and underwent surgery to repair it.  She found it difficult to care for her baby because of her cast and was so fortunate to have a strong network of friends and family to help her through that challenging time.  “Afterwards,” Maggie says, “I often thought about how hard it would be for moms in similar situations without a support system like I have, and wanted to find a way to help those women if I could. When I read about MBM I knew immediately that this was the organization I had been looking for.”  She felt an immediate connection to the work and by volunteering with MBM, Maggie says, “I can pay it forward by helping other moms in tough situations.”
Maggie has put her keen event planning skills to work by joining the Fall Fundraiser committee and Golf for Girls committee.  She has volunteered by doing data entry and making deliveries and is even dedicated to donating breast milk to a client. Most recently, she represented MBM by sitting at a table at Mommylicious and found it to be so fulfilling, “I was able to talk to many women who had been helped by MBM and hear first-hand how important the work we do is,” says Maggie.
Of her time with us at MBM Maggie says, “the time and energy spent volunteering at MBM immediately benefits families in our city. An afternoon spent cooking or packing boxes means many children will have a healthy meals and new clothing that week. There are so many opportunities that there is truly something It really is like asking a group of friends for the kind of help you need, be it healthy meals, a box of diapers, or a helping hand. This type of support is so important for women with young children, and MBM fills an important role for women who don’t have existing support systems in their life.  And the people are awesome!”
Thank you so much for your enthusiasm and dedication Maggie! We think you’re awesome too!

 

Barb L.
“I am a mother to 2 boys and I grew up in a single parent home – my mom sure could have used some help from an organization like Made by Momma.” – Barb L.

Barb is a registered nurse who teaches at Mount Royal University.  She heard about MBM when a group of second year nursing student’s were assigned to us for their community placement in the spring of 2013.
After seeing how her students did and how the organization was operating, she decided to volunteer as well, “I was very impressed by MBM’s organization after working with Allyson and her team members.  I have been a MBM volunteer for almost 3 years,” says Barb.
Barb is able to fit in volunteering with us whenever she saw a break in her busy work and home life schedule.  She has assisted with fundraising events, made meals and baking, sorted donations, delivered meals and baking and has done many home visits.
What does Barb like best about volunteering with MBM?  She says, “I love the concept of empowering families to help themselves. By providing meals and /or assistance, families can focus on caring for their children and feel supported by volunteers.” She recognizes how important it is to be in the field and on the ground volunteering and giving back to our community, Barb says, “As our economy continues to be unstable, families are struggling. It is the children who suffer when their parents are stressed and under financial pressure. When a volunteer brings amazing homemade and nutritious meals to a family, it brings a smile to everyone’s face.”
Her favourite volunteer job with us is doing home visits.  She loves the one-on-one mentorship and finds the ability to assist mom’s within their own homes very rewarding.  Of her time with us at MBM, Barb says, “It is an excellent way to meet some amazing people who are passionate about helping others…they have been able to accomplish so much with so little.”
Thank you so much for your time, energy and commitment to Made by Momma Barb, we sincerely appreciate it! 

 

Kaitlin S.
“Made by Momma gives families hope and provides that unconditional support they need. MBM is honestly a home away from home for people who have no one to support them. Even as a volunteer no matter what, I know that the volunteers and people at MBM will be there for me through anything.” – Kaitlin S.

Kaitlin came to Made by Momma by way of an internship through the Public Relations program at Mount Royal University.  In the last 15 months that Kaitlin has been with us, she has represented MBM as a volunteer for many of our big events such as Stroller-A-Thon, the Scotiabank Marathon, Golf for Girls and the Fall Fundraiser – and she brought her mom on board as a volunteer too. She has also played a role in putting together MBM’s first and second annual reports as well as helping with communications and social media tasks.  It’s clear that Kaitlin has a passion for giving back to her community, “I love what MBM does, I have worked in a daycare for a very long time so I see a lot of families that are struggling to make ends meet. MBM provides families like these a second chance and I think that is so important. Especially now with the economy being as bad as it is,” says Kaitlin.   In her spare time Kaitlin enjoys photography and has played competitive soccer for the last 18 years, she also is passionate about working with children and animals.  Her future goals include working in PR within the not for profit sector.
Thank you for your continued enthusiasm and dedication Kaitlin!

Andrea W.
“I liked the grass roots nature of the organization and the low (really zero) administrative costs.  I don’t think people really realize how high these can be in some organizations due to the number of paid members (i.e. in some cases it is a business venture).” – Andrea W.

Andrea is a mom of two hardworking daughters who are studying at university away from home.  She heard about MBM through the company she was working for, and began volunteering with group cooks, packing food hampers and making deliveries.  When Andrea got the opportunity to begin home visits with clients, things just clicked for her and she knew that this is where she belonged, “I am a very type-A driven individual, very results focused and not very good at sitting still.  I had no idea I could look after 6-month old triplets (adjusted for being premature) for four hours each week confined to a small living room over a period of visits for about three months.  It is amazing how you can use three of your four limbs to keep them fed and content,” says Andrea.   With her daughters away at University, Andrea enjoys spending some of her free time with MBM because of, “It also really puts your life in perspective.  Some of the families I visit are in quite difficult situations and I (or so many of my friends) have no reason to complain about our situations in Calgary,” Andrea says.  In the future Andrea would like to continue home visits with clients, as that’s what she is passionate about, but would also enjoy meal coordinating in order to satisfy that Type-A brain of hers!
Thank you for all you do for our Made by Momma families Andrea!

 

Nexen Energy ULC 
Nexen Energy is a Calgary oil and gas company that develops energy resources for the UK, West Africa, the USA and Western Canada. A part of Nexen’s mandate is to provide protected time off for their employees so they can volunteer and give back to their community.  The awesome Community Investment Team at Nexen has been involved with MBM since 2013 when they first participated in a group cook hosted at the ATCO Blue Flame Kitchen, providing many meals for our MBM clients.  Since then, their time with us has snowballed and in the last 15 months, they have contributed to over 500 servings of food and baked goods for the many MBM clients.  In addition to the Nexen volunteers rolling up their sleeves and cooking meals, they have also done numerous projects around the resource centre and included us in their volunteer fair. As well, Nexen has generously committed to 3 years of support for our community pantry and baby essentials program which equals to a value of $5,000.00 per year! ♥
Made by Momma is ever so thankful to have your support and we sincerely appreciate the time, dedication and enthusiasm that Nexen employees bring to our group cooks!

 

Tara P.
“I don’t volunteer in the traditional sense, my schedule hasn’t allowed me to commit to a role and so I created a way to volunteer. “ – Tara P.   

I first learned about MBM around 3 years ago and was immediately impressed with the organization based on how it was founded.  I have an acquaintance who volunteered for MBM and between media/social media and word of mouth I started learning more.
I don’t volunteer in the traditional sense, my schedule hasn’t allowed me to commit to a role and so I created a way to volunteer.  I volunteer by sharing posts of needed items through social media with my friends and community.  I will pick up donations that otherwise wouldn’t reach MBM – I sort them, clean them if possible or needed and then drop them at the Resource Centre.
Through my community we have donated countless clothing and shoes as well as crib mattresses, strollers, a high chair, diapers, toys, books, toiletries and other items.  At Christmas I also approached my dentist and he donated a large amount of toothpaste, floss and some toothbrushes.  My sons dentist also donated toothbrushes and floss.
It’s hard for me to call myself a volunteer for MBM but I’m helping in my own way- spreading information about this fabulous organization and its existence is how I started and now my neighbors know my name and some contact me to pick up or I come home to boxes of donations on my porch.  I have found my neighbors in Royal Oak and Rocky Ridge are extremely generous and really appreciate having a local drop off/ pick up available and I’m happy I’ve been able to fill up my car over and over!
Also, my 3 year old son loves helping me pick up and is always asking when we can go to MBM to deliver more donations.  I love being able to share with him about the role of service and volunteer organizations from such a young age.
I look forward to watching MBM continue to grow and expand and finding time to be at the RC helping in any role I can fit in future.
Thank you and your whole community for your continued support and generosity Tara!

A million heartfelt thank yous to our MANY wonderful volunteers for their part in making Made by Momma who we are.
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National Volunteer Week 2016

 

2015 Annual Report

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2015 Annual Report MadebyMommaThank you to everyone who helped make 2015 an amazing year!

2015 was another incredibly busy year for our Made by Momma team! And while we saw an huge increase in client referrals and requests for our services within the community we were fortunate to have many great opportunities and more community involvement to sustain us.
We would like to take this opportunity to share our Made by Momma 2015 Annual Report which summarizes the year we had.  The statistics presented in this report are incredible showing the  to assist with during a family’s time of crisis and adversity.

On behalf of our Made by Momma Board of Directors, we would like to thank all of our fantastic supporters and our amazing volunteers who rose to the challenges we were presented. We know it take a village to make a difference and we’re looking forward to what 2016 will bring!
If you’re interested in learning more or getting involved with Made by Momma please check out our Volunteering page for additional information.

Helping our Northern Neighbours Project

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Helping our Northern Neighbours Project

As you know, Made by Momma supports families in Calgary and surrounding communities when they are experiencing times of adversity or crisis. But sometimes we extend our reach a little further if we can. It hurts our hearts to hear stories of families living in Canada’s extreme northern communities that are starving, often eating only one small meal a day, and hearing stories of babies being fed powdered coffee creamer rather than breastmilk, formula or cow’s milk. These families are living in a severe food security crisis.

Due to the incredibly high prices in the North, it is very common for families to not be able to afford the cost of basic necessities. Some of the general food staples prices are simply shocking… Tide laundry pods $31.99, a 24-pack of toilet paper $39.99, a box of Minute Rice $18.99, eight 295ml Minute Maid Punch Juices $47.49, one can of pie filling $13.99, one lb of butter $8.89, a single serve cup of Campbell’s soup $6.29, one box of Kraft Dinner $4.09, one container of baby formula $55.99, one box of 144 diapers $79.99 and more…..

Nunavut, specifically, has 15x the rate of suicides compared to the rest of Canada according to CBC. Recent news reports show that there is an overwhelming feeling of hopelessness in these communities because there is high unemployment, low education, food insecurity and overcrowding.

The Helping our Northern Neighbours project offers some of these families the opportunity for support by asking organizations and individuals to send much needed care packages so that these families don’t go to sleep hungry.

Our Made by Momma team decided we could also provide some support to our Northern Neighbours. We are happy to share that we have “adopted” three families from Kugaaruk, Nunavut and have committed to helping support them over a three-year period. Our three families equal a total of 14 people: three moms, three dads, a 91 year old granddad; a 17 year old teen boy, a new born and five young children. Our Made by Momma team will collect the items most needed by our families and send boxes of food, baby care products, personal care items, school supplies, clothing and other items to help support them.

Items cited as most desired by northerners have been compiled by the Facebook group Feeding my Family;

  1. White flour
  2. Baking powder, baking soda,
  3. Cereal,
  4. Dry powdered milk/carnation milk,
  5. Toilet paper, Paper towels,
  6. Macaroni, pasta, side dish, or any kind of noodles,
  7. Side dishes, hamburger helpers,
  8. Canned fish – tuna, salmon, sardines
  9. Soups of any kind boxes or cans, chicken, beef, pork
  10. Rice – most northerners cook with Minute rice and Uncle Ben’s Converted rice
  11. Pasta or spaghetti sauces
  12. Canned goods of any kind
  13. Tea/coffee,
  14. Sugar
  15. Honey, jams, spreads,
  16. Peanut butter, peanuts, nuts, raisins
  17. Puddings powdered, or just add milk products,
  18. Shampoos baby/ adult shampoos, sanitary napkins
  19. Hand soaps bars/liquid or hand sanitizers,
  20. Detergents pods laundry/dishes,
  21. Baby food (dry), Tylenol or Advil for kids, diapers, pullups
  22. Cheese of any kind dried, packaged cheese whiz or miracle whip
  23. Dried fruits apples, bananas, mixed anything dried in cans, packages or boxes
  24. Biscuits’ pilot hard or soft of any kind,
  25. Cookies of any kind, just add water or packages
  26. Any juice of any kind – dried or powdered juices
  27. Winter clothes (highest rating – cold weather), winter boots, blankets, wool (not acrylic) mitts, gloves, scarves, toques.
  28. Brita filters
  29. Klim milk powder for Elders
    * Please note: this list was borrowed from the Feeding my Family Facebook page and is not necessarily the items we need for our particular families.

We know it takes a village, and Made by Momma is proud to be able to help and provide these families with a much-needed support system.

Our wonderful friends at the Kinette Club of Calgary have graciously made a financial donation to help cover some of the project’s expenses. Canadian North Air has also agreed to support the cost of air freight (which is incredibly expensive) into Nunavut. And finally, thank you to the Helping our Northern Neighbours  grassroots project for recognizing the situation of our fellow Canadians and doing something about it.

Please contact us if you too want to get involved and help support our three Nunavut families!
Donated items can be brought to our Resource Centre. (please check open hours)

#HelpingOurNorthernNeighbours #Nunavut #HONN #FoodSecurity #FeedingMyFamily

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Made by Momma Annual Report 2014

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MadebyMomma2014 was another successful year for Made by Momma. The year was filled with amazing opportunities, community involvement and meaningful partnerships. We also had an increase in client referrals and requests for our services within the community.

We would like to take this opportunity to share our Made by Momma 2014 Annual Report which summarizes the wonderful year we had. We have also included a copy of our Assistance Coordinator Report 2014 which was presented during our Annual General Meeting this past spring which highlights the incredible work our volunteers commit to on a daily basis. The statistics presented in this report are incredible while at the same time they highlight some of the heartbreaking stories we get the opportunity to assist with during a family’s time of crisis and adversity.

On behalf of our Made by Momma Board of Directors, we would like to thank all of our supporters and dedicated volunteers – it truly does take a village to make a difference. We are looking forward to the next chapter in our story. If you’re interested in learning more or getting involved with Made by Momma please check out our Volunteering page for additional information.

 

Made by Momma Needs Your Help with a Simple Vote!

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Made by Momma is currently qualified for the CST Inspired Minds Learning Project and we have the opportunity to win a part of the $250,000 prize pool for our idea. How can YOU help us win? Simple! By voting every day for our project idea during the voting round. To vote please click here.

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Food has a direct impact on our cognitive performance, energy, mood, overall health and our ability to handle stressful situations. We believe nutrient dense foods are essential and affect a child’s behaviour, health and development. Well-nourished children are typically more alert, attentive, physically active and better able to benefit from learning experiences. All children should be fed nourishing meals even through situations of adversity or crisis.

Our idea is to implement a cooking program for families and children who would benefit from a better understanding of nutritionally abundant home cooking eliminating the argument that processed fast food is cheaper to eat than wholesome freshly prepared meals. Kids need hands-on learning opportunities in the kitchen to experience the who, what, where, when and why of nutritious food!

We have our own commercial kitchen to offer fun and informative workshops for families who want to learn about; cooking with kids, mal planning, grocery budgeting, safe food handling, special dietary needs and nutrition for pregnant & parenting teens. Our kitchen will be a place of learning, support, cooking and friendship!

Made by Momma has always relied on our own grassroots fundraising efforts and community support. We do not receive any government funding to support our work. The amount of families we can help is directly related to the amount of donations we receive in any given year. We believe that our services are vital to providing aid to the socially, emotionally and/or financially distressed families in our communities. By having the opportunity for funding through the CST Inspired Minds Learning Project, we will be able to continue with and expand upon the services we are currently able to offer!

Thanks for voting for our idea!

Featured Volunteers – National Volunteer Week 2015

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National Volunteer Week 2015 (April 12-18) is upon us. To honour our volunteers we have chosen to profile some key individuals that represent the different aspects of the work that we do. Highly involved and dedicated, each of these volunteers are integral to our organization and without them we wouldn’t be as successful.

The Kinette Club of Calgary 

To wrap up National Volunteer Week we want to end on a high note and feature a group of amazing women who share Made by Momma’s purpose and with whom we have formed an amazing volunteer community network. The Kinette Club of Calgary is a group of 40 women dedicated to serving the community’s greatest need and who provide community service work primarily for causes that include women and children.  The Kinette Club of Calgary has been involved with Made by Momma for the past three years.

The Kinette Club of Calgary first found Made by Momma according to Kelli Pollock the current club president because “we were looking for a service project to do. We liked the idea of preparing meals that we could do as a group, have fun, and know we were giving back to the community.”

As a group the Kinettes have cooked many meals for MBM families “we cook about 3 to 4 times a year for Made by Momma making hundred of meals each time”

Their efforts have extended beyond cooking to helping us fundraise. They chose MBM for the second time as the charity of choice for their Golf for Girls Annual Charity Classic Tournament and they have recently partnered with us for MBM’s Helping Our Northern Neighbours project.

Even though the Kinettes have been very involved with Made by Momma; according to Kelli her personal favorite way to give back is the annual golf tournament “Golf for Girls – because it provides a great opportunity for women to network as well as provides a great amount of resources for Made by Momma.”

Kelli believes that Made by Momma is a much-needed organization because “it’s one charity we can all think of time we could of used or knew someone that could of used Made by Momma and their services. MBM really looks after the people who slip through the cracks and that don’t fit in the traditional aid charities.”

“This diverse and wonderful group of women have spent time in our kitchen baking, cooking and packaging meals for our families, they have volunteered at our events, they have helped out with our Adopt-a-Momma program by donating needed items and more recently has chosen MBM as the charity of choice for their annual Golf for Girls Tournament for the second year. We want to thank them for their support over the last year and look forward to their continued involvement.” – Trena, Made by Momma Board Member.

Thank you the Kinette Club of Calgary for being a partner MBM can always count on. We appreciate all the support you have given us and we are looking forward to many more years of accomplishing needed community work together.
Ron L

Ron L has been volunteering with Made by Momma for the past 8 months. After getting a liver transplant, Ron was told he couldn’t do any work that required heavy lifting. Ron originally heard about MBM through his previous job at Soup Sisters and once his sister-in-law joined MBM and filled Ron in on the organization, he knew it was the perfect organization for him.

Ron originally was interested in joining MBM because it allowed for him to follow his passion, which is cooking. However, he soon realized that there was so much more to MBM that makes it such an amazing organization. “The fact that everyone is a volunteer and no one is getting paid means everyone is happy to be here and wants to be here.”

Even though Ron mostly partakes in the chop squad program he has also delivered care packages to our clients in need. “I enjoy delivering packages immensely because it’s instantly rewarding. Also, I know that some of the meals I make are being given to the client. That is always a great feeling when you say to a client I hope you enjoy my cooking.”

Due to Ron recently being sick he has not been as involved with MBM as he would like. “I would like to get more involved with the day to day running of the organization. I want to work closer with Allyson and possibly sit on some of the committee meetings.”

Even though Ron has volunteered with many different organizations none can compare to his experience at MBM. “I have learned the importance of teamwork. There is no place easier to meet new people, new faces and new outlooks on life than at MBM.”

Ron is looking forward to being more involved with MBM in as many ways as possible. “It excites me to be here because I know when I walk out that door I know that all the meals I prepared that day will be helping someone tomorrow.”

“Ron is one of our fabulous volunteers – This man can cook! He has single handedly prepared many meals for our families. He is tireless and is willing to do whatever job is needed in the kitchen. As the Meals Coordinator, I am so pleased to have Ron as one of our valued cooking volunteers!” – Candis, Made by Momma Board Member.   

Thank you Ron for helping keep our fridges stocked and for always having a positive attitude.

Marilyn B

Marilyn B is not new to the volunteering scene. Before she found Made by Momma, she volunteered with many different organizations as well as volunteered and continues to volunteer with Girl Guides. She has also lead many employee-run volunteer programs with different corporations and gave a lot of her time to volunteering with seniors.

When Marilyn came across MBM she was initially looking for a program that would allow for her to make cards, cook and engage her elderly mother. Starting off bagging COBS Bread, she heard about the chop squad and was immediately interested in participating. Since her time with MBM, she has partaken in 7 different chop squads, and is looking forward to doing more. “It is just an awesome group of people. You can just see the work and the energy that is put into everything we cook. We never stop laughing and it is such a positive experience every single time.”

Due to Marilyn’s background in running volunteer initiatives in the corporate world, she is looking forward for MBM to increase the amount of corporations that help out. “I think that the idea of trying to increase the amount of corporate opportunities we have would be beneficial. Just being creative and trying to figure out how to expand that side of the organization.”

Marilyn has learned a great deal since her bread bagging days. “I have learned what could be accomplished with a small number of people and how creative and inventive people are. This is very evident in chop squads as we pull random ingredients and make amazing dishes from them.”

Overall, Marilyn believes that MBM is crucial in today’s society. “I think it is needed and important because our city is becoming more international. I know there are people who moved from other cities and countries and have no support system. I think it is very important that these people have a place to go that they can trust and is here for the right reasons.”

At the end of the day she is happy that she found an organization that she loves as much as she does MBM. “The last few months I have been with Made by Momma have been fabulous and I am looking forward to being more involved and continuing on and being a part of this exciting wonderful organization.”

“Marilyn is fairly new to MBM but in a short period of time she has made a significant contribution. She is always available to help out at the centre in the kitchen and to help with general duties. Marilyn brings her elderly mother in to chop veggies and they cook meals for our families. I can’t wait to see what the future brings for Marilyn and MBM as she has been a wonderful addition to our volunteer team.” – Marilyn, Made by Momma Board Member

Thank you Marilyn for your dedication, passion and wonderful meals. We are looking forward to you being more involved with our organization.

Barb and Laura 

Barb and Laura are known as the dynamic duo. Working together as a pair, they just started with Made by Momma in March. Coming from two very different backgrounds, these two have proven to be very engaged and involved in Made by Momma’s initiatives. Due to their partnership, we decided to interview and celebrate their volunteer contributions together.

Barb is a retired accountant and has a strong background in business. She found MBM through a friend’s Facebook page and fell in love with MBM’s mandate.

Laura is a former cancer survivor who has had cancer three times and is now living with congestive heart failure. Even with her health problems, she was still able to go to school and become a nurse. Although she can’t work full-time anymore, she has developed a passion for volunteering and giving back to the community. This pair has only been volunteering with us for a short time but their impact has been amazing as they have taken on many diverse projects and are planning to help out even more.

Barb and Laura were interested in helping out for MBM for similar reasons. Barb says she was attracted to MBM because “I was unable to have children of my own. Therefore, I feel through in-home visits and donating my time to MBM’s great initiatives, I can fulfill some of my own maternal instincts in caring for people.”

Laura was attracted to volunteering with MBM because “I have done a lot of work with children in the past and I am unsure if I can have children of my own. I love spending time with kids and I am a kid at heart.”

Both of these women have taken on the responsibility of organizing and managing the Pamper Me Momma’s gift bags. According to Barb, “the Pamper Me Momma gift bags for Mother’s Day project has been my favorite because it will hopefully bring joy to often forgotten deserving moms.”

Laura added, “a lot of these moms go unrecognized, I can’t wait to see how they react to receiving their gift bag this Mother’s Day.”

These ladies agree that MBM is a rewarding experience. According to Barb and Laura MBM is a much-needed organization because of “its client base. We are not just supporting low-income families, we are supporting short-term situations of adversity and very often those people would slip through the cracks. This is about helping to sustain families and moms that are facing life changing situations.”

They have both gained a stronger understanding of the difficulties of being a mom. Barb says, “I have developed more of an appreciation for what moms in adversity must go through. I never really thought about that before and I never really thought about what if a mom is sick or is recovering from something. They still have to be a mom. I have developed an appreciation for that and the importance of Made by Momma.”

Laura adds, “I have learned how much moms and families are in need of just the basic things. I have a big appreciation for what they do and how hard it is to get by and supply for their families.”

Barb and Laura sure have taken our little charity by storm! In just a couple of months they sure have made themselves at home getting involved and helping us with many different projects! They are a joy to talk to and volunteer with – they always put in 100% effort and do a fantastic job!” Allyson – Made by Momma Board Member

We want to thank these two wonderful ladies for their passion and their desire to help out. We can’t wait to see how the Pamper Me Momma’s gift bags turn out.

Interested in learning more about Laura’s journey? Check out her digital story at this link: https://youtu.be/9JtkcqJY8-k. Her story is truly remarkable.

Melissa G

Melissa G has been a part of Made by Momma since day one. Being a friend of Ashlee, one of the founding members who started Made by Momma many years ago, Melissa has been highly involved with organization. When first hearing about MBM, Melissa “loved the idea behind moms helping moms. When I started I was a new mom in a city where I didn’t know many people, meeting up with the other volunteers to sort through donations and just talk was such an amazing support for me.”

Melissa is happy she gets to volunteer for such a rewarding organization.  “I like being able to help moms in my community. It’s great working with a charity that you know is helping people close to you.”

Melissa’s work for MBM often occurs behind the scenes. “Most of the projects I work on are graphic design related and I would say I love doing them all. Design is my passion so using my passion to help MBM is the perfect way for me to help out. And every project I work on is fun and colorful – it’s not very often my clients like to use such bright bold colors.”

Even though Melissa is busy and has limited free time she enjoys the fact that she is able to help MBM from the comfort of her home. “It’s a great organization, full of amazing women who all have their hearts in the right place. As my kids would say being able to help those mom’s in need fills your bucket!”

Melissa is simply awesome and we really value her commitment to our organization. Her skills are definitely put to good use as she does the majority of our graphic design work creating brochures, posters, flyers, business cards, social media pieces and more. She’s always happy to help and go above and beyond even when we have short deadlines! We are so lucky to have such a great woman giving her time, energy and creativity to our charity!” Allyson – Made by Momma Board Member

Thank you Melissa for providing us with beautiful work to help publicize and raise awareness about our different events and projects.

Kari R 

Kari R has been a part of Made by Momma’s team for 5 years. Kari has dived into many aspects of MBM and has been a key contributor to our success. Kari joined Made by Momma when she sold her bakery business 5 years ago. “I wanted to still bake but didn’t have enough tummies to fill in my house so I found MBM to donate my baking to. After meeting Allyson and a few other ladies I knew this was the charity for me.”

She was interested in volunteering with Made by Momma because, “I liked the fact that it was volunteer based and promoted a grass roots connection with the community as opposed to getting lost in the corporate world of giving. I knew my time, my energy and my skills would be greatly utilized and appreciated.”

Through her time with MBM she had learned a great deal of lessons however, the one that stands out the most to her is “you can’t judge a book by its cover. You never know who may be in need of your services. It may be just a home visit or a warm meal or it can be a life changing step to make a families adjustment to Canada that much easier. Pay it forward is my motto – you never know when you may need a helping hand one day.”

Even though Kari R loves volunteering with MBM she wishes that an organization like this one was not needed in our society. “I wish it wasn’t needed but because we do have the demand in our growing city, it’s great that there is a short-term agency that can help a family when others may have to turn them away. Its not easy asking for help and when Made by Momma makes it easy for people to do it with dignity I’m all for that.”

“Made by Momma is a great organization that truly cares about the families it serves. It started with an idea and a few ladies getting together to make a difference and with the help of our team of leaders it has grown into a wonderful charity. I am blessed to be a part of it.” We are lucky to have you a part of our little family Kari.

“Kari is an amazing supporter of Made by Momma. She has been a part of our team as a volunteer over the past 5 years and has also held a board position. Her time and commitment has contributed to many of our successes in immeasurable ways. We’re lucky to have such a great woman to work alongside.” – Allyson, Made by Momma Board Member

Thank you for all your support and helping make sure our fridges is filled with nutritious products for our clients.

Val F

You can often find Val F cooking up a storm in our resource centre kitchen. Being a mother of two, and no longer working, Val found that volunteering helped fill a void in her heart. Val has been volunteering with MBM since February 2013 and first heard about the organization while volunteering with a social worker, “a bunch of our pamphlets came to her desk so I was like fabulous, I love to bake and I love to cook. When I first started with MBM I was a little timid about cooking with others then I got braver and started to join some of the group cooks and I absolutely loved it!”

Through her time with volunteering with MBM she has developed stronger kitchen skills from being able to work with fellow home cooks. She says that she was attracted to volunteer at Made by Momma because, “I liked the ideas of mothers helping mothers and the fact that was I able to bake and cook as those are two of my passions. I also love the camaraderie. MBM allows for you to volunteer without worrying about your skill set, all you need to volunteer here, is your time and your commitment.”

According to Val, Made by Momma is unique because we are able to provide immediate support for families facing many different crisis situations. “Made by Momma is a needed organization because we are directly helping mothers without there being this bureaucracy and all the forms and processes you have to fill out. There is a situation and we go to it immediately. It is an immediate response which can help mitigate a crisis situation.”

“It is always a delight to have Val in the kitchen. Her passion for MBM and the families we serve is evident in the effort she puts in when she creates “awesome” home cooked meals. I think the families that receive the meals Val makes feel the love they are made with!! Thanks to a very special person!!” – Marilyn, Made by Momma Board Member

Thank you Val for keeping our freezers stocked and providing your never-ending support to our organization.

Polina O 

Polina O is one of Made by Momma’s teen volunteers. Only being 17, Polina has a strong desire to give back to the community and to help out. Polina has been volunteering since November 2014 and heard about MBM through her dad.

Being in high school, Polina finds it difficult to partake in many MBM programs as many activities occur during the day when she is in school. Despite being in high school and keeping up with her studies, she was attracted to volunteer with MBM because of “all the different opportunities. MBM is not one of those places that you have to do one thing all the time. It gives you the opportunity to switch it up. Also, everyone is so nice so it makes it a fun place to volunteer.”

Polina is a regular volunteer at bread bagging donated by COBS Bread every week and has grown to love the program. “I really enjoy bread bagging. This is because I come in every week with the same people and we talk about our week. It is like a little family away from home.”

During her time with MBM, Polina has learned the importance of time management, “this year I figured out if I want to help out I have to make the time to be dedicated to the organization.” She has made a commitment to herself to come to bread bagging every week. By having a consistent schedule, it has allowed her to schedule her homework and extracurricular activities around this commitment.

Polina is hoping to help out even more in the summer once school is done and her schedule is more flexible. She wants to do in-home visits, as she believes that this part of Made by Momma is very important. “To me, I feel that just sending food to people is not enough. I want to do in-home visits as I like the idea of having the peer-to-peer support so the families are not alone.”

Polina believes that MBM is an important organization because “it helps the community and it can make people’s lives better in either a small or big way.”

“Polina is a great addition to the Made by Momma team.  She has become one of our regular weekly Tuesday night volunteers and can be counted on to pitch in and help in whatever way needed.  It is great to have such an enthusiastic young volunteer working to support our families and we look forward to having her get more involved as her school schedule permits.” – Leanne, Made by Momma Board Member

We are looking forward to having you more involved Polina! Thank you for your outstanding commitment to making Made by Momma successful.

Cindy R 

Cindy R is a mother of four grown children and has been volunteering for Made by Momma for a year and a half. Having four grown children, Cindy wanted to find something to fulfill her grandmothering needs. “I was looking for somewhere I could help children. I heard about MBM from the Calgary Foundation and it seemed to be a good fit for me.”

Cindy is involved with many aspects of MBM. You can often find Cindy either helping in the kitchen, sorting inventory or doing in-home visits. “I did in-home visits because I liked being more involved with the children themselves and provide the support for moms who might not have any otherwise.”

Cindy has helped out with many different events this past year including 12 Cans Til Christmas, Santa’s Workshop and the share tables. Her favourite activity was the Santa’s Workshop because “you could see the difference you were making to each of the moms. You were making a difference to their Christmas and their child’s Christmas.”

She mentioned that she is most looking forward to building a garage at the resource centre to provide more storage space in the future. This is not surprising as you will often find Cindy in our crowded storage space reorganizing and sorting new donations.

Cindy has been extremely involved with MBM and it is because of her dedication and determination that MBM’s inventory is as organized as it is. When asked why she believes people should volunteer with MBM she said, “for anyone looking for a rewarding volunteering opportunity, where you can be involved in so many different ways and have a big impact, Made by Momma is perfect. From bagging bread, cooking meals, delivering to families or becoming a mentor and friend to a family in a crisis situation, there is always something to help with. The grassroots nature of MBM is inspiring at every step!”

Cindy is the type of volunteer you want to clone because she generously gives her time and will do anything needed, including sorting countless boxes of donated baby items. ” – Wendy, Made by Momma Board Member

Thank you Cindy for all your support and dedication, we couldn’t do it without you.

 

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2015 Summer Student Intern Needed!

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Calling all students! We’ve got exciting news! We’ve received a grant to hire a Summer Student again this year!
As a volunteer-run organization, every aspect of what we do is done by volunteers….client intake, cooking & baking, updating the website, packing up baby essentials, answering emails, delivering meals, organizing donation drives, attending events…and everything in between!
The summer months can be a busy time for our organization so we’re REALLY looking forward to finding a dynamic student to help us run our Resource Centre. We’d ideally love to find a student that is taking non-profit studies, social work or nursing to be a part of our team. This position has been created for a student between 18 and 30 years old, who have been attending school fulltime, and resuming classes in the fall.
If you are passionate about the work our charity does and you’d like to apply for our Resource Centre Coordinator position, please get in touch with us!

Summer Student Intern