I started volunteering with MCC after leaving a long career as an attorney to stay at home with my young kids. I realize how fortunate I am to be able to care for my children in an effective as well as loving way, because I have the necessary resources and support. MCC helps provide that support for others in ways that are both meaningful and empowering. To me, the fact that many of the people whom MCC helped at some point in the past go on to work or volunteer for the agency also speaks volumes. It is a wonderful organization.
I was connected to an internship in the Public Policy Department of MCC through the Civic House at the University of Pennsylvania at the beginning of 2012. I really enjoyed my time at MCC - not only have I become much more knowledgeable on the maternal and child health policy issues facing Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and the nation as a whole, but I've also honed writing and communication skills. The work MCC does is truly inspiring, and the organization makes a huge difference in the community. My time at MCC has shaped my future career goals, and I strongly recommend getting involved in this organization.
This summer I worked at Cribs for Kids (C4K) in the Maternity Care Coalition. I learned new facts about safe sleep and SIDS prevention for babies that I did not previously know. Additionally, I learned how to use this information and explain it to our clients during home visits, office pick-ups, and workshops. Along with this education, we provide Pack 'n Plays to families that cannot otherwise afford to purchase a safe place for their baby to sleep.
Everyone immediately welcomed me on my first day at C4K. I was treated as a C4K advocate and not just a summer intern. I was able to share the responsibilities of all of the team members. I was able to learn and do most of the components of the program from taking calls off our hotline, enrolling clients, scheduling their appointment, and providing the education. This was a wonderful experience for me because I was able to enhance communication skills with the clients that I will need as I advance in my career.
I was placed at the Cribs for Kids at the Maternity Care Coalition via an internship program. During my time at MCC, I met many dedicated and driven individuals who understand the importance of giving families a healthy, safe, and educated start. The key to a healthy population is truly rooted in healthy mothers and babies, and MCC promotes this ideology in all of its services and goals. The best part of my experience with MCC was directly interacting with and visibly impacting underserved families. Whether through home visits or workshops, the Cribs for Kids team positively makes a difference by immersing themselves in the community, providing clients with safe cribs for their children, and connecting people with the resources they need most to improve and succed.
I was an AmeriCorps member, placed at MCC through the Philadelphia Health Corps. The experience of working at such an amazing nonprofit organization truly helped to shape my future career and educational goals. From the moment I began working at MCC, I felt so connected to all of the work they do in the community. Becoming a member of the Cribs for Kids team allowed me to grow professionally and really learn what it means to work as a team and be flexible. Every experience I was afforded while working at MCC was enriching and fulfilling and I could not be happier that I was placed here. The people I met and learned from this year, whether they were fellow colleagues at MCC, clients of the Cribs for Kids program, or people I just happened to come into contact with through working at MCC all impacted my experience, and I am very grateful for that. I would love to work for MCC again in the future.
I completed my junior internship with Cribs for Kids during the spring semester. From my first to last day at MCC I felt as though I was truly welcome. Everyone was very pleasant and respectful of each other, which made for a very amiable environment to work in. I do not believe that I have ever witnessed a group of individuals collaborate so well together, as I did while interning with the Cribs for Kids team. Everyone was truly dedicated and passionate about their job, and worked on one accord in an effort to implement the mission of the organization. I was presented with opportunities which allowed me to become knowledgeable and develop skills related to my future profession in public health, rather than being given tedious task with no room to grow. Overall I believe completing this internship with Cribs for Kids was a very positive experience. and if I had the opportunity to work with this team again I would.
I was a student intern with Cribs for Kids for a little over 3mths. I got to experience a lot of different things being there. I got to experience everything I was told beforehand plus more. The staff here is really great, and they all seem very friendly. I was given the opportunity to be myself, and learn different things at my own pace. I met some great people along the way, and I do not regret spending my time here one bit. I was able to overcome my fear of public speaking, and to interact with people of various demographics. I would recommend MCC, with its many departments and opportunities, to any one who has any interest in child and maternal health/education and who wants to work in a positive environment.
As an new intern, C4K welcomed me into their family with big open arms. The advocates and other interns were very helpful and supportive in explaining how the organization ran and what the procedure was. This internship also gave me the opportunity to see different parts of Philadelphia as well as meet individuals from very diverse backgrounds. It also made me realize what issues harbor within the city such as unemployment, a healthy eating diet, a safe place to sleep and live. All in all it was a very well-rounded experience for me. I would definitely recommend anyone to volunteer there or do their internship there...very worthwhile experience.
I initially heard about Maternity Care Coalition through an internship program at my university in Philadelphia. The motivating goals and purposes of MCC aligned with my interests in maternal health and public health, and I jumped at the chance to work in an organization where I could learn about issues that matter to me through (1) direct service, (2) research, and (3) policy. Last summer, I worked at Maternity Care Coalition's North Central site, where I had a client caseload and performed the role of a "Momobile Advocate." I provided education, referrals (including everything from material support with iterms such as cribs (our Cribs for Kids program receives a lot of referrals!) as well as emotional support and counseling services). I once heard someone describe the role of Momobile Advocate as "part cheerleader, part coach, part social worker." My training for this role was definitely on-the-job; though I did not feel prepared the first couple of times I went on home visits, the staff at North Central were always there for me and provided constructive feedback. I learned a lot from not only MCC's staff, but also from the clients I was privileged to meet. When the school year started in the fall of 2009, I transitioned from my work in the small North Central MCC office to MCC's central, mostly administrative office in Center City Philadelphia. There is certainly a different office dynamic here, given that it is far larger than North Central and houses so many departments. Though I have been working less hours (since I have to balance the internship with classes and homework and all the chaos that the school year brings!) and have not had ample time to invest in the community here at the central office, I have been able to witness the different organs of MCC at work. The research, policy departments as well as the Cribs for Kids and Perinatal Emotional Support programs are housed here in the Center City office, and though I have mainly been working with the research department and Cribs for Kids, it has been valuable to talk to staff who work in all of these departments. My work with MCC has given me a glimpse into the frustrations (and joys) that low-income mothers in Philadelphia face, into the life of an established, well-oiled nonprofit, as well as perspective on what has been done and what needs to be done for the welfare of mothers across Philadelphia. It has also widened my career prospects. Though I (as typical of college students) came into my undergraduate education as a committed pre-med, experiences at MCC have broadened the careers that I can envision for my future. The range of backgrounds, expertise, strengths, and interests represented in this organization have been a constant well for me to draw from. MCC has played the wonderful role in my life of confirming my interest in women's health; it has also confirmed that there are so many avenues and tools that can be used to advocate for and contribute to women's health. Though I have no solid answer on what tool I wish to pursue (whether it is medicine, midwifery, nursing, public health, academic research, political advocacy, social work, counseling, community organizing, or a delightful combination of many of these things...!), I am glad to be in the position of making an informed decision on my future (with the perspective that Maternity Care Coalition has provided me).
The message line, "Strengthening Families One Baby at a Time," is more than a description of Maternity Care Coalition -- it represents the life of the organziation. Never has an organization cared so much, supported so well, and acted so responsibly (fiscally, socially, and economically) in its mission to positively impact the health of babies and families. As a former board leader and long-time volunteer, it has been a pleasure working with a nonprofit that lives its words!