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Review for MOMSBLOOM INC, Grand Rapids, MI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

Our family designates its ongoing United Way donations to MomsBloom because we have met many moms who have received support from a MomsBloom volunteer who say that their volunteer had a life-changing impact on their lives at a time when they were feeling isolated and vulnerable. On the flip side, we have met many, many volunteers who gain a sense of meaning and community connection by offering their hands-on and emotional support to a family in need. This is an organization that creates a win-win for all involved, and these moms who feel more empowered and supported, go on to be parents who are able to raise their kids in a healthy, balanced way knowing that their community cares about their welfare. Hundreds of families each year are served by a team of dedicated and trained volunteers, while the staff of the organization remains very small. I feel proud to live in a community that cares so deeply for its young families.

Role:  Donor

Review for MOMSBLOOM INC, Grand Rapids, MI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

MomsBloom is about families starting out strong. Our volunteers reach out to young families at a time when they need it most -the arrival of a newborn baby. Whether a family is living geographically far from extended family members, facing the challenges of post partum depression, raising multiple children while juggling jobs, managing a child with special health concerns, or recovering from the stresses of chilbirth, MomsBloom volunteers bring a set of loving hands and an open heart to supporting families during those critical weeks of adjustment when baby first arrives home. Week after week, we hear new moms talk about the difference their volunteer has made in their lives - often developing friendships that last beyond their three month period of volunteer support. And the benefits extend just as profoundly to those who volunteer. Caring mothers, grandmothers, and even college women experience the joy of offering both emotional and hands on help to a new mother and they get to share in witnessing a mother's gaining confidence and balance in her new parenting role. Strong families are the foundation of a strong community and MomsBloom helps build those strong families one volunteer at a time.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Very Well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field

Review for MOMSBLOOM INC, Grand Rapids, MI, USA

Rating: 5 stars  

MomsBloom begins with a simple premise: young families bringing home a newborn baby are often overwhelmed by fatigue, isolation and a sense of needing extra hands-on support. When extended family is not available to offer such support, MomsBloom matches families with volunteer Moms (and sometimes Dads) from the community who want to help families get a strong start with their new one. Volunteers are often mothers or grandmothers whose families are grown and gone and they have great experience and heart to offer to a new mom. The result is profound. Our new moms report an immediate sense of renewed optimism, confidence and energy with the help of their volunteer visitor who comes for a few hours each week to hold baby while mom gets a much needed nap, or help with light chores to ease the burden on mom, or simply offer an understanding ear while mom describes the transition she is experiencing. And volunteers feel they've made an important difference in the life of a family by helping them build a strong foundation for that family's future. Everybody wins.

How does this organization compare with others in the same sector?

Quite well

How much of an impact do you think this organization has?

Life-changing

Will you recommend this organization to others?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2012

Role:  Professional with expertise in this field