Dear Mid-Atlantic Babywearing Membership,
Thank you all so much for your support as we get off the ground! We have been working diligently since going live in January 2019 to continue to move this organization forward to best serve our membership, and we covet your input as we continue to grow and change. Our mission is to support and promote the practice of safely carrying babies, toddlers, and preschoolers closely to a caregiver in a variety of types of baby carriers for all interested caregivers through education and other means of support.
We began with meet ups in seven locations, and we now have nine meeting locations and are working at further expansion. At this time, we are serving York, Lancaster, Montgomery, Berks, Chester, Cumberland, Delaware, and Philadelphia counties. If there are other communities in these areas we should be looking at serving, we would love for you to bring this to our attention. We have grown to 68 paying members, including our 26 incredible volunteers. Paid memberships, which allow members to check out carriers at our monthly meetups, help us to maintain our lending library and to pay our insurance premiums, and other activities to help further our mission. We have been building our libraries recently! All of our meeting locations now have an onbuhimo available for check out, we just got in a new Boba 4G carrier (if you’ve never tried one, they’re awesome!), we’ve added some great items to our ring sling collection, and we have been working at diversifying the contents of all meeting locations lending libraries. If there’s something you’d like to try, let us know!
Over the next several months we will be making some changes in our library and membership software, making some improvements in volunteer communication abilities, continuing to hold meetings, and will hopefully be training some new amazing educators to continue to better serve and support our community. If you are interested in training to become an educator, or in serving our community in some other way, please reach out to me and let me know you’re interested at firstname.lastname@example.org !
I’d finally like to take this opportunity to thank our incredibly dedicated volunteers for all of the hard work they have put in to get this organization up and running, and for their commitment to continuing to spread the babywearing love and support. Thank you all so much, I am so honored to be working alongside so many incredible people! And lastly, thank you so much to all our members. We are only here because of you, and we are so grateful for your support.
I am so incredibly proud of all the work we have done and have yet to do!