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The Motherhood Collective

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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Civil Rights, Counseling, Mental Health, Women, Womens Rights

Mission: Equipping and empowering women from preconception - postpartum through FREE evidence-based education and social support programming. "Nurturing the mother to grow the child."

Results: 2 FREE year-round evidence-based education programs 3 FREE year-round social support programs 1 FREE year-round playgroup 2 FREE walking groups Many FREE workshops in partnership with Lynchburg Parks and Rec 10 Community Classes with Lynchburg Parks and Rec 2 yearly Labor Comfort Measures Workshops in collaboration with Centra College of Nursing

Target demographics: WOMEN FROM PRECONCEPTION THROUGH POSTPARTUM

Direct beneficiaries per year: 5000+ WOMEN

Geographic areas served: CENTRAL VIRGINIA

Programs: THE CAFE | THE CAFE EXPRESS | PLAYGROUP | PMAD SUPPORT GROUP | CARE GROUP | ADOPTION SUPPORT GROUP | LABOR COMFORT MEASURES WORKSHOP | COMMUNITY CLASSES

Community Stories

39 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Motherhood Collective has been a keystone for me in motherhood. Not having family nearby and knowing very few people in our area at the same stage of motherhood as me led to me feeling incredibly alone. I was suffering through postpartum depression and anxiety and truly didn't realize how bad things had gotten. After being convinced by my mother and a couple of medical professionals familiar with TMC to try going to an event, I wound up at Playgroup one day. I'm so glad I went. Walking into that group of women was like walking into a warm, familiar hug. The Motherhood Collective has been key to helping me work through PMAD, and has given me the opportunity to meet so many amazing women in various stages of motherhood. It is such a pleasure to work with so many wonderful ladies who have the shared goals of building each other up and helping as many people as they can. I am forever grateful to TMC.

1 Laura T.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The Motherhood Collective has given me the support and connections that I've desperately needed as a new mother. I try to attend as many play groups, cafes and seminars as possible. The Motherhood Collective is an integral part of Lynchburg.

1 Mary B.3

Volunteer

Rating: 5

I don't have time (because I'm a mom, lol) to write out all the things I love about or all the things this non-profit has done for me over the last 3.5 years of motherhood. If I had to choose one thing, it would be the support system it has given me. I have met so many amazing women through this organization and I'm really not sure how I would survive without them. This community is amazingly supportive, inclusive, empowering, etc., etc. Because of this, I recently joined the team as a volunteer and I could not be more honored.

1 Joy S.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

One of the most life changing nonprofits in Lynchburg. I had my first daughter in less than ideal circumstances but The Motherhood Collective was absolutely the best support I could’ve ever wished for to get me through it. I’m not only surviving motherhood but even thriving because of motherhood thanks to the help of this amazing organization. LOVE THEM!!!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The heart and passion behind the Motherhood Collective is one that no other organization could ever come close to. The genuineness of the staff and the community they have built is like nothing I have ever seen. As someone who is not a mother, I was overly welcomed and loved just the same as any mother who walked in. To be apart of such an amazing team has left me speechless and changed forever. I have since moved away and am no longer able to volunteer but the community is still there, actively reaching out to me and keeping in touch, and that is a gift I will forever hold in my treasure box. The leaders and team of staff are truly a gift to everyone they meet and I will never forget the impact they have eternally made in my life. This organization deserves all the recognition and awards. They are truly outstanding at everything they do and are doing for everyone they serve; those local and across the globe.

1 Kate P.1

Client Served

Rating: 5

The motherhood collective has given me a safe place and companionship through infertility and miscarriage. I would be lost without the friendships and support from this wonderful organization.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

This organization has been a saving grace amidst an unexpectedly lonely time in my life. Women here are not judgmental, and they truly care about one another. They encourage self care, which I think is something forgotten in this culture's philosophy on mothering. Their coffee is also the bomb. Educational, communal, supportive, everything good.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 4

The Motherhood Collective was not around when I miscarried my first pregnancy in 2006 and they weren't around when I struggled with postpartum depression after having my daughter in 2007; however, a few years ago, I learned about their mission and have watched them grow and thrive in serving our community. It means a great deal to watch an organization help women through the multitude of struggles faced when it comes to motherhood. Now that I am finally at a good place myself, I am hopeful to do more than just watch this organization - I'm ready to put my hand out to other women who are now where I was.

2 Mariana D.

Volunteer

Rating: 5

It amazes me that such a fantastic organisation exists here in Lynchburg, and I'm so fortunate to be able to benefit from it during this season of my life. Becoming a mother is, oh so not easy, but it has been a true blessing to be able to be part of all the different events TMC offers and find people to reach out to and relate, as well as feel part of a community of incredible women.

2 Erica G.1

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I have no idea why I didn't join up with The Motherhood Collective before!!! After 3 1/2 years of mothering alone, I am so grateful to have found a place where I can freely come with my insecurities, imperfections, questions, and experiences and be accepted into a community of beautifully loving, honest, and imperfect mothers who are passionate about making sure no woman feels alone in her journey of motherhood. After just 2 months of going to the Cafes and Playgroups, I feel like a weight has been lifted off of my shoulders and a bit of life has been breathed into this tired and discouraged mama. The lessons I have learned and the support I have gained from this community in such a short period of time feel like a ray of sunshine breaking through the dark clouds, and my husband has noticed the renewed joy and hope that I feel about my role as a mother to my kids and a friend in this community. I am truly grateful for everything The Motherhood Collective has done for my own life as well as the lives of the women within the local community.

1 Rachel205

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

The Motherhood Collective is a pillar in this community. As a pediatrician with a busy schedule, much as I would love to spend hours with each mom- I'm limited to teaching the highlights of medical concerns, developmental milestones, nutrition and healthy habits. But there is so much for each new mom to learn and different challenges with each different child! I rely on the Motherhood Collective to help moms find their footing! From education to counseling to social connections, the Collective offers a wide array of services- and also ways for women to serve their community. I am so glad for all they do to nurture mothers; their work is certainly having a positive effect on our children!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

As a first time mom and mother of a three month old, attending Cafes became the highlight of my week. These educational panels provided me with new "mom" information from experts and experienced moms each meeting. I met new friends that were in the very same boat I was, going through the same things I was and I felt I could be real and talk about the nitty gritty of motherhood. The people are good, quality people, wanting to help educate and support you. Each new mom-to-be or mom I meet, I ask them if they've been introduced to The Motherhood Collective because I believe in it and its cause.

2 Danelle H.

General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

I moved to the area with no friends but was referred by a lady to come for advice on being a mom. I was greeted by Lauren as soon as I walked through the door and have never looked back. I have learned so much about how to be the best mom I can be and how to help others through whatever life is throwing at them. My perspective on parenting is vastly different in the year since I started attending their events and I wish there was something like this everywhere so moms didn't have to feel so isolated and so that more moms could become educated on all the different options out there from first pregnancy to multiple children running around.
I love TMC!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

I love this organization that cares so deeply about women in our community & creates a great community for all who are a part of it, creates communication between women & local care providers, & educates all.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

This organization is incredible. What an amazing way to invest in your community..by investing in the mothers who make it up. A group of amazing people who have grouped together to support and educate women and have touched thousands of lives in the process. It has truly been a privilege to be able to take part and reap the blessings of having this available to me!

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

The Motherhood Collective has been an incredible part of my journey as a Birth Doula.They have supported me, they have encouraged me, and they have helped me to share my passion of helping women as they labor and bring a new life into this world! I do not think that I could have experienced such incredible joy without the help and support from my friends at The Motherhood Collective! Debbie Perdew CD(Dona)

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Client Served

Rating: 5

Education and openness are the components of this non-profit that I most benefited from. They strive to educate and equip their volunteers to bring care to the women and children of the community. Each person on staff was such an open friendly presence. All of this flows from the incredible passion and direction out forth by the executive director and managing director. I could only hope that every community could be blessed by an organization like this one.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Community! During my maternity leave, I went to as many Cafes and playgroups as possible. Now that I am back at work, the Cafe Express programming is a wonderful monthly meeting of my tribe, women I wouldn't know otherwise, and my life is richer for it. We share stories, laughter, hot coffee, and tips on how to make toddlers eat more veggies. I love this group of women.

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General Member of the Public

Rating: 5

Motherhood collective provides an environment of knowledge and fun. It allows New moms a place to find help with being a new mom.

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Volunteer

Rating: 5

Time and time again I have experienced the community and support through this organization. It truly lives up to its mission to education and support women throughout all walks in their motherhood journey, making suRe no woman is alone.