The support of the ladies at The Mommies Network has kept this mom sane since joining the organization in 2007. During difficult times like losing my dad to liver cancer in 2009 and losing my mom to lung cancer in 2014, I could always depend on the moms of TMN to be there for me. I have developed long lasting friendships that I cherish continuously. The changes that TMN has made over the years have been for the betterment of the members and to help support more moms all over the US. I am proud to be a volunteer and senior team member with an organization that cares so much about its members.
My life has changed since that first day in 2007 when I joined The Mommies Network. The friendships that I have formed have been such a blessing to myself and my family. The support of such wonderful women that seem to always be there even when times are tough is just priceless. Communities across our country are growing so much better because a couple of moms had a dream and created the network know today as The Mommies Network, we are living that dream now!
So sad. TMN chose to shut down the very active Baltimore site due to what they called negativity. In reality, we were simply responding to TMNs request for feedback on their new website. We were told our site would be closing on the 15th of February. The following day, February 6th, the site was closed without warning. There was no contact made to members to let them know this was happening. Simply gone. Here is the information Sarah, one of TMN's leaders, posted on February 5th in a forum on the Baltimore site:
Closing of BaltimoreMommies
It is with sadness that we let you know that the BaltimoreMommies chapter will be closing as of February 15, 2015. We have noticed an increasing amount of negativity on the chapter which has impacted the way The Mommies Network is able to support the moms of Baltimore. In order to refocus on our mission and become a true source of support and empowerment, we will be closing the site, taking a step back, and looking at the best way to develop a supportive and positive TMN chapter in the Baltimore area. We are truly saddened that it has come to such a drastic measure. We do have the National Chapter that can offer support for our members after the closure. We apologize for any inconvenience but at this time we feel that there are no other alternatives.
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WARNING: Do not donate your hard-earned money to this corrupt organization. TMN, with Heather Fortune at the helm, abruptly killed the very active Baltimore Chapter last week. There were active posts, events on the calendar, private messages to be read.... But TMN displayed total disregard for any of this. Why? That is unclear. Some say it was because of polite, yet critical feedback that was posted regarding the dysfunctional operation of the new website. (This feedback was requested by TMN.) Others say that Heather Fortune had planned to kill the Baltimore Chapter for a long time due to a personal vendetta. But it is hard to know for sure because they have offered no public explanation or apology to the hundreds of disbanded members and volunteers. They then proceeded to shut off every available avenue of communication. They are hoping that the anonymity of the internet will allow them to hide their indefensible actions. Don't be fooled by the polished website and the pretty pictures. The people behind this organization are dishonest, draconian and unprofessional.
The Mommies Network is amazing. I have went to a couple events and I think it is a great way to get the local mothers together. It helps so much being able to relate to other moms who are looking for someone to relate to!
The Mommies Network is an amazing network of moms. With the local chapter and the national chapter they have helped me so much in the 8 years I have been affiliated with them. I no longer feel alone in this journey of motherhood. I have formed relationships with other moms, my children have made friends and I feel so much better knowing I have a place to turn when I am feeling alone and uncertain about how I am doing as a mother.
My local chapter helped me make great connections when I moved into a new community, away from all I knew! Now it is helping me develop my leadership skills and make a greater impact in my community.
I am so grateful to be apart of the Mommies Network. TMN has been very easy to work with and helpful whenever my chapter needs something. I love being a volunteer and member of this amazing organization!
Thank goodness for the Mommies Network. I am a military spouse and mommy who has to move every few years. Luckily, with this move I found a local chapter of the Mommies Network that has connected my son and I to other kids and moms in our area. It is always hard trying to find new friends and activities in a new location, so the mommies network has made that a lot easier for me. I like the group so much that I volunteer as a moderator for one of their online support forums.
I joined my local branch of The Mommies Network (TMN) a few weeks after my daughter was born because I had questions about her not eating. My cousin had joined a few weeks earlier and recommended me to this group saying they were all very sweet and a lot of them were very empathetic and were in the same boat at one point or another. I joined and attended a few events, they hold holiday events, mommies night outs, playdates and other activities with your little one. My favorite thing about these forums though, is it gives me the oppoutunity to converse and connect with so many other mothers on a number of topics and hobbies. I feel like I have my own support system in TMN and I feel like I have grown as a mother being a part of this awesome community.
When I became a stay-at-home mom in the spring of 2013, I panicked when I realized how alone I was. Finding the Mommies Network connected me to real women in my geographic area, giving me a sounding board and an in-person support system. The play dates and activities keep my daughter and I busy, engaged, and happy! And the online forums offer a wealth of knowledge from hundreds of moms - on a range of parenting topics, as well as local happenings, culture, running a household, and more. I'm thankful to have found this group to connect me to moms in my community.
I am a mother of 4 and have been a member of this nonprofit since 2008. It has been a valuable source of encouragement, support, and advise for me on every topic from motherhood to recipes! I am so grateful for this nonprofit as it has allowed me to find other moms to connect with online and in person. Thank you TMN!
I joined LouisvilleMommies so I could find a support system of people that understood what I was going through and could help me out by answering a million of my mommy questions. And that is exactly what I found!
I've been a volunteer on the Mommies Network for a couple of years, but a member for 8. I can't explain how much the friendships I've found at this organization and the support they have provided to me have meant over the years. I have a child with special needs, and there are times when no one seems to be around for support, yet I always can login and find someone on the Mommies Network to help and support me. I don't know where I would be without this group.
The Mommies Network has been a great source of support and encouragement to me throughout the years. I have learned so many things and discovered new ways of doing things. Because of my local chapter, we have found a dentist that my kids love, found new places around town to enjoy, and come up with a rewards system that works for my kids. The network of support is invaluable.
Do not give your money or time to this organization.
This organization is badly managed and is very shady in their practices. It is difficult to imagine the financials and nonprofit status would stand up to scrutiny.
The basic concept is a good idea, and members who get some benefit from it, go ahead and take advantage while it lasts. But do not ever give it your money or your precious time. Know that anything you give to this organization will ultimately be wasted.
I dearly wish I could somehow get back the time I gave to this place. It is genuinely painful for me when I think of the amount of my life that just drained away. Please, please don't make the mistake I made!
I joined my now local chapter when getting orders to PCS. With them letting me join prior to my move I already had friends, felt networked, found providers, and so much more. After moving my local chapter literally saved my life, if it were for the friends I had made and them being there for me to talk to I may not be here today. So after that I knew that I wanted to dedicate what I could when I could to this organization and have done so ever since and will continue to do so, so long as they are still alive and thriving. Right now I am unable to volunteer due to school, kids, and life basically but I still enjoy every minute of being a member and sharing with my friends and meeting new ones.
The financials are inaccurate. The non-profit consistently neglects to receive approval to fundraise in the states it serves. The board of directors is not independent and does not accept any kind of criticism. When I asked for financial statements, I was told that they would give them to me in 30 days and then was fired from my volunteer position. Most members are unaware of these financial issues. On the chapter level, often leadership are allowed to hold onto their positions long after they are able to fulfill their function and are able hold a chapter together.
This support network is absolutely amazing. I don't know what I would have done if I had never found this network. I was a young new mom who went from single party fresh 21 year old to being pregnant, gaining a step daughter, getting pregnant 4 months after having my child, and gaining another step child who wasn't around in the beginning. So in about 2 year I went from no kids to 4 kids. I wouldn't have remained sane without the support of the other mom's in this network. I love this network and I will recommend it to any mom looking for support.
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It's my family away from family. They are sure to be there at any time of the day or night (yes, even at 2am) and always willing to lend an ear, a "go get 'em" cheer or a hug. Laughter is always in abundance and making friendships are effortless. In a world where Moms are judged at every turn, the safe and secure site that The Mommies Network offers us is unbeatable. It's like that comfy, old sweatshirt that you slip on to feel the most relaxed. Judgments are checked at the door and we're just Moms trying to stay afloat on this rapid river of parenting. There's a bond unlike any other here with amazing, diverse, strong and supportive women and mommies. We ARE family through and through, the only difference is that we chose one another!
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