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1st Quarter 2021 Newsletter - Mothers Helping Mothers
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Making a difference in a pandemic
 
The past year wasn't easy for anyone, but even through a pandemic, Mothers Helping Mothers was able to provide the basic necessities and support to help thousands of families in crisis thanks to supporters and financial contributions from donors like you!

Reflecting back, these challenges created an opportunity to innovate and expand. In 2020 we rose to that challenge. 

2020 Highlights:
  • Created online appointments for clients eliminating long waits and crowded lines that will enhance social distancing in our store.
  • Installed PPE throughout the store and, thanks to grant funding, we remodeled the interior to make more space for clients to shop safely.
  • Expanded our baby equipment inventory offerings with enhancements to our "Safe Sleep" and "Safe Ride" programs and now only give away new cribs and car seats in a variety of sizes to keep kids safe from birth through the toddler years.
  • Gave away more than (Click to continue) 
PLEASE Vote now for Mothers!
We've been nominated for best local childrens non profit 2021 in SRQ Magazine. Please take a moment and click VOTE , scroll down until you see the MHM section and click the green vote button. Voting closes Feb 17. Thank you for taking a moment to help us win.
Be a Partner for the Planet
Earth Day is April 22nd - Please Join our "Partners for the Planet" fundraising campaign to help us Go Green by March 31st
We're coming off the grid!
Next stop, Solar! We have a goal to eliminate our electrical overhead costs by installing solar panels in honor of Earth Day in April 2021. This project will cost $76,500 but once competed, it will eliminate our largest overhead expense, which means every dollar saved will go directly back into the community through our many services. MHM has received a $40,000 matching grant from the Selby Foundation to help MHM become energy independent, and we need to raise an additional $40,000.

MHM has an additional match thanks to The Louis & Gloria Flanzer Matching Gift Program, through which all donations made monthly, up to $500, will be doubled! You can also pay by check.

OUR GOAL is to raise an additional $18,000 through this match opportunity so be sure to select Mothers Helping Mothers as the recipient and indicate SOLAR in the payment donation memo.
DONOR RECOGNITION WALL
MHM will create a beautiful painted Tree of Life in our lobby to recognize those who give to this campaign to help the children of this generation inherit a sustainable, better planet. This wall will give named recognition to donors and will be a teaching tool for the little ones and their parents on how to help save the planet. 
Donors Recognition Levels:
Donations made by end of March 2021 will qualify for naming rights.
  • $1,000 - Branch - A branch in your name (split into two $500 payments for BOTH February and March to maximize the match, through the Flanzertrust.org)
  • $500 - Leaf - A leaf in your name (Can be done at one time or in two payments of $250 in February & March through the match Flanzertrust.org)
  • $250 - Name - Your name printed within a list naming all donors on trunk  (Can be done at one time or in two payments of $125 in February & March through the match Flanzertrust.org)
If you would like to be a recognized as a Mothers Helping Mothers Partner for the Planet, please consider donating your first gift now by clicking GIVE
Happy Birthday to Mothers!
Yep, in the midst of the pandemic, we turned 30, but since we couldn't throw a party last November, we're celebrating now with you, virtually and all year long, with stories of our journey. So many of you laid the foundation of this incredible story from humble beginnings in a mom's garage to a 7,500 square foot, fully paid for institution of hope for more than one hundred thousand moms and dads and now 3 generations of families since we began. It's been quite a tale and we hope you'll enjoy it.

Our story begins ... (click to read)
What's New?
New Evening Appointments 
We've added evening hours thanks to some very dedicated volunteers! By appointment only, our doors are now open every second and fourth Thursday evening of the month, from 5:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. We hope this helps all you working moms and dads. Remember, due to Covid only one person is allowed to help you shop inside the store. Also, we need more help on these nights, which is perfect for high schoolers needing community service hours!


Please click on the links below for more information.
            
Sharpen your skills
Classes are back at MHM! Last year, Covid cancelled classes in our new "Love in Deed" classroom, but we are back in action! 

Classes will be taught in Spanish and English and are limited to 12 students per class. Each student who attends will receive a Bonus Shopping Day Pass! 

Classes:
  • Family Budgeting - first Friday of the month through April, with Sarah Wren-Tar, VP Truist Bank
  • Food and Nutrition Budgeting - first and second Tuesdays, March through May. UF/Food & Nutrition Program

    For details on classes or to sign up, visit our website  

    Our training room is open for any not-for-profit organization or charity interested in teaching life skills to families. Email us at mhmsarasota@gmail.com if you'd like to partner.
Trainer, Sara Wren-Tar, VP Truist Bank, formerly BB&T and Herb Moller, our Love in Deed benefactor at the MHM inaugural budgeting class on Feb 5.
Two Ways to Shop on Amazon
Shop for Mothers 

We are so grateful for those who have used Amazon to help support MHM families. It's easy: click on the "amazon smile" picture and select Mothers Helping Mothers as your preferred charity, and start shopping.  A percentage of your purchases on everyday things will be sent to MHM to benefit Mothers in your community.

Did you know we have a baby shower registry on Amazon? Click here if you would like to purchase a new gift for a mother in need. Be sure to go through Amazon smile and a percent of your purchase will also be sent to MHM! 

Upcoming Events: 
 
Love, Mom - A Note to Donors
A very merry ending to 2020
Donors helped make this holiday a VERY MERRY one indeed!
ANNUAL TOY DAY - Due to the generosity of so many donors, toys were overflowing in our store, which allowed MHM to offer TWO opportunities for families to get toys. We invited by lottery 200 moms and dads into the store to select their own childrens' toys, but thanks to the overwhelming mountain of toys, we then created our first-ever drive-by pickup for every family that responded to us this season. No child was left behind for our MHM families.

Toy Day by the numbers:
  • $10,000 in donations to help us pay for toys through an online wholesaler
  • 30 businesses held collection boxes on our behalf
  • 65 volunteers played Santa's Helpers to distribute mountains of toys
  • 485 families received gifts for about 1,150 children 
  • 85 of those families were personally adopted through our Helping Hands Community Page on Facebook
  • 135 bikes were given away - Kathy Dodge, once again you amaze us with your time and talent working with donors and bringing these to our kids every year ... ASSEMBLED! 
Special thanks to our newest Elf, Ebony Mackey, who was put in charge of the event and with her skills and gifts helped make it our largest, most successful (and innovative) Toy Day ever! 
Volunteering Brings Joy
 

Please consider giving a few hours a month

MHM runs 100% on volunteer power and we are in need of helpers. Got computer skills? Consider yourself a sorting expert? Just love to putter in clutter? Have a heart for struggling mothers? Then this is your place!  If you plan to volunteer (either on a regular basis or only once in a while), fill out our volunteer contract HERE and then select the dates that you plan to work. 
 
"Volunteering at Mothers Helping Mothers has brought me so much joy and purpose, It has also deepened my compassion for those less fortunate in our own community. Seeing the faces lighten with relief daily fills my spirit. Giving here gives you back so much more in return. You can see the immediate impact we are making!"

- Cheri DeVries Volunteer & Executive Director MHM
 
 
Donations - Drop-off details
 

Please drop-off ONLY when staff is there to receive items.  Every month, we have to discard donations that have been ruined by the weather. We no longer take used cribs or car seats. Please email us to give those directly to families in need. See our website for more details on items we accept.
 

Mothers Storefront - Donations are IN BACK of the Building
5933 North Washington Blvd.
Sarasota, FL 34243

 
WHEN:   Tuesdays, Wednesdays, Fridays & First Saturday of the month
TIME:      9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m .
WHERE: Drive behind the store and knock on the purple door

Offsite drop-off location
Suncoast Community Church:
8000 Hawkins Rd
Sarasota, FL 34241
WHEN:   Mondays through Thursdays
TIME:      9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
WHERE:  Church office facing Hawkins Road (little white house) 
.... or Sundays 9 a.m. to noon - Donation bin in the Grand Hall of the main building.
 
OUR MISSION STATEMENT
Mothers Helping Mothers is committed to supporting families in need by fostering resiliency, self-sufficiency and family stability in our community. 

Thank you for being a part of this necessary and important work
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Our storefront address is:
5933 N. Washington Blvd (U.S. 301), Sarasota, FL 34234
Visit our website for all the information and details, or email us at MHMSarasota@gmail.com
For appointments - please book on our website
For financial aid issues please email client.mhmsarasota@gmail.com

Store Hours for Clients by Appointment only:
Every Tuesday & Friday and the 1st Saturdays of each month from 9:00 - 11:30 a.m. 
Every 2nd and 4th Thursday evening of the month from 5:30 - 8:30 p.m.

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Mothers Helping Mothers is a 501(c)3 - View our profile at Mothers Helping Mothers Inc | The Giving Partner
General Information - Contact us at mhmsarasota@gmail.com