FRIDAY FOCUS: MOMs Club of St. Mary’s County

Are you a stay-at-home mom? Looking for long-lasting support and friendships? The MOMS Club, brings at-home mothers together for support and activities during the day. The MOMs Club is an organization dedicated to helping you feel good about your decision to stay at home with your children. They participate in service projects, fundraisers and monthly meetings. In this week’s Friday Focus, we spoke to Beth Siegfried, MOMS Club President to learn why making connections with other moms in the community is so important.

Q: Tell us about your organization (who you serve, what you do, etc.)

MOMS Club allows at-home mothers to get together in a supportive atmosphere. Our name stands for “Moms Offering Moms Support” and our aim is do just that by helping you feel good about your decision to stay home with your children. We hold all meetings during the day and we welcome children to everything our club does. We are the only international organization specifically for at-home mothers (including those with at-home businesses and part-time work). International MOMS Club was founded in 1983 in Simi Valley, California and is a registered 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Each year the club takes on a service project specifically intended to support women and children in our area.

Q: What is your favorite “moment” (example of how your organization helped)?

This year the MOMS Club of St. Mary’s County – Southern, MD is raising money to build and supply a Little Free Pantry (http://www.littlefreepantry.org/). We’ve held fundraisers with Potbelly Sandwich Shop, Chipotle and Usbourne Books. We have another dinner fundraiser coming up on April 13th from 5-8 p.m. at Wendy’s Restaurant in Lexington Park. Our club has also received donations from Weis Market and Giant Food.

We are partnering with St. Mary’s County Library on the Little Free Pantry project and have had the opportunity to share our plans with the Homeless Prevention Board in our area. The MOMS Club of St. Mary’s County is excited about contributing to the community in a meaningful and sustainable way.

Q: What is your biggest challenge?

Keeping up with our very energetic babies and toddlers can certainly be a challenge! Honestly, getting the word out about our club and all it has to offer can be challenging. Finding a group of supportive women with children in the same age range is so important for at-home mothers. Members of the MOMS Club find not only parenting advice and friends for their children, but also women with common interests and goals. We want to make sure that all women in our area know that the MOMS Club is available to them and their kids.

Q: Are there any upcoming events?

The last Monday of every month we hold a club social and meeting at 10 a.m. at the Lexington Park Library. In addition, on April 19th at 10 a.m., MOMS Club of St. Mary’s County – Southern, MD is holding an Open House at Lancaster Park in Lexington Park. At-home mothers in our area are welcome to attend with their children to learn more about the wonderful benefits our club has to offer. We are open to all stay-at-home mothers who live in the elementary school districts of Carver, Lexington Park, Park Hall, Piney Point and Ridge. You can email us at lexingtonparkmomsclub@yahoo.com for a list of additional public events.

Q: How can people get involved with your organization?

Our chapter is specifically for members of our community, but there are more than 2,000 MOMS Club chapters in communities all over the globe. Local chapters can be found at momsclub.org. For information on the MOMS Club of St. Mary’s County – Southern, MD, you can visit http://momsclubofstmaryscounty.weebly.com/ or check out our Facebook page at https://www.facebook.com/MomsClubStMarysCountySouth/.

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