I’ve said it before, every day is Mother’s Day in my book … and for several Valley nonprofits this statement is not only true, it’s the passion behind their missions. From helping moms prepare for the issues that will be facing their children in today’s fast-paced world to mothers leading the charge to support single parents facing a cancer diagnosis to an organization that provides opportunities for any organization founded by a mother, these are just three examples of some incredible work being led by moms in our community.
Taking on the Tough Issues
MASK (Mothers Awareness on School-Age Kids) was created in 2007 by a group of dedicated mothers who recognized the need to consistently educate families on rapidly changing issues. Their mission is to engage and educate parents, children and the community about the issues facing youths today and to empower children to make safe, healthy choices. Their programs tackle important topics — from drugs and alcohol to bullying and Internet safety — and give students, parents and the community the knowledge and tools to manage these potential challenges.
“We live in a fast-paced, time-deprived world and it’s not easy to keep up with the latest information and trends affecting children. We want to help you and your family navigate through the school-age years by providing information and solutions about various issues before they may even arise.” — maskmatters.org
From Singleton Moms to The Singletons
Since 2006, Singleton Moms has served single parents with cancer — both moms and dads — in honor of Michelle Singleton, a single mother of four children who lost her battle to cancer at just 32 years old. In early 2017, the organization grew by expanding their population to serve single-parent families with a child battling cancer as well. This expansion of programs led to a name change to The Singletons. Their programs focus on meeting the day-to-day needs of the entire family facing the effects of a cancer crisis, at no charge to the families.
“Life doesn’t stop with a cancer diagnosis. The bills still need to be paid, dinners still need to be made, the house still needs essential supplies, and children still deserve a childhood. Imagine your close friend, neighbor or family member is a struggling single parent undergoing cancer treatment OR a single parent anxiously nurturing a child through a cancer diagnosis. Either scenario can create overwhelming hardships for everyone in the home.” — thesingletonsaz.org
Moms Helping Moms
Mother’s Grace became an official nonprofit in 2010 after founder Michelle Moore-Fanger, who had spent years supporting several special projects for mothers in need, found herself in need of a support community when her son was diagnosed with juvenile diabetes.
Since its inception, Mother’s Grace has supported more than 1,000 moms with financial assistance by way of monthly bills, medications, meals, housekeeping, childcare and ancillary services. Mother’s Grace has also given grants to more than 25 Arizona nonprofit organizations run by moms, either through fiscal sponsorship, mentorship and/or strategic partnership. — mothers-grace.org
I am so thankful to live in a community where moms like those involved in these organizations are all in to make a difference. Thank you ladies — and keep up the excellent work!