For Immediate Release
Beth Spong – Executive Director, MotherWoman
Office: (413) 253 8990
MOMS GET A BOOST WITH $100,000 GRANT TO
MotherWoman – a nonprofit organization dedicated to supporting and empowering mothers receives a major grant to help more mothers in the region create positive personal and social change.
Amherst, MA – If you are a mom or a professional serving mothers in Western Massachusetts, chances are, you have heard about MotherWoman. You may have benefited from its programs, or know of someone who received help and support from this regional nonprofit. Thanks to a recent $100,000 capacity building grant from the Lennox Foundation, MotherWoman will now be able to positively impact more moms and families, and expand its training programs for professionals.
“MotherWoman’s philosophy is simple: When a mother is valued and supported, everyone benefits - her children, her family, her community and her workplace,” says Founder, Annette Cycon.
Since its inception in 1999 MotherWoman has been able to positively impact the lives of thousands of women through a growing network of support groups. Its training programs have been very successful in educating medical, mental health and social service providers about the variety of challenges women may experience in the postpartum period.
A spokesperson for the Lennox Foundation described their decision to award this large grant by saying, "We were very impressed with the progress MotherWoman made two years ago with a much smaller capacity building grant. The high impact capacity building projects the grant is funding will make the organization more sustainable and increase the effectiveness of their important work. We're happy to support MotherWoman's continued growth."
Demand for MotherWoman’s groundbreaking support group facilitator training and other professional trainings continues to increase. The Lennox Foundation grant will help MotherWoman refine its strategy for growth and development. “MotherWoman is experiencing rapid growth in response to our programs’ effectiveness and our skill at coalition building. It is essential that we be strategic about our growth in order to better serve more mothers and families in need in Western MA. This generous grant from the Lennox Foundation will help us achieve that goal.” says Beth Spong, MotherWoman’s Executive Director.
If you are a mom looking for help during the postpartum period, or a professional wishing to learn more about postpartum emotional challenges, please contact MotherWoman or visit our website: www.motherwoman,org, email@example.com, (413) 253 8990.
ABOUT MOTHERWOMAN, INC.
MotherWoman’s mission is to support and empower mothers to create positive personal and social change for themselves, their families, their communities and the world. MotherWoman also addresses the socio-economic issues facing American mothers by advocating for family-friendly policy. Says Beth Spong, MotherWoman’s Executive Director, “Through our support groups, training programs and political action, we’re working to ensure that every mother has access to the support she needs in her community.”
MotherWoman programs include:
Mothers Groups - Led by trained facilitators, these support groups offer a chance to talk openly about the challenges of parenting, gain support and build community.
Postpartum Support Initiative – Creates a comprehensive safety net for mothers through a network of specialized support groups, resource and referral guides, and building Pregnancy and Postpartum Support Coalitions in the four counties of Western MA.
Facilitator Training – A 35-hour training that provides diverse community leaders and professionals with the skills needed to offer new MotherWoman Support Groups.
Professional Training – Teaches medical and social service providers about the complex mental health and socio-political factors involved in the crisis of postpartum anxiety and depression.
Policy and Advocacy – Nonpartisan political program which organizes mothers, fathers and caregivers to take action on issues impacting families.